Taft Girls Win Back-to-Back D2 Valley Championship


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The varsity girls team in their medals and valley hats. Bree Johansen holding the valley winning plaque.

For the second year straight, the women’s team brought home the Division 2 Valley Championship title on May 9, 2018. According to Mr. Newton, “It was a stressful but exciting day for the track and field team.” There were many outstanding performances from our athletes. The TUHS women’s team was “neck and neck with powerhouse McFarland all day long.” The competition went back and forth with one leading after each race for the women’s team. “They would go and get 15 points in the 1600m, then we would turn around and get 15 points in the 100m hurdles.” The field events gave the TUHS women’s team an advantage. “Freshman Macayla Wells won triple jump and the 100 meter hurdles. She also surprised Pole Vaulting powerhouse Sierra High School, by getting 2nd place in the event by tying her own school record of 9’6”.” Sophomore, Bree Johansen “broke her own school record in the 200 meter dash.” Senior, Caitlin Bailey, “PR’d and won the high jump with a jump of 5’6″.” These girls worked hard for what the accomplished that day. Some of the athletes would have multiple events at the same time, for example, Caitlin Bailey won high jump, “after she ran her best 300m hurdle race of the season.” Senior, Haley Pulido, “PR’d in the shot put and tied for 5th place overall.” Mr. Newton said, “If you see any of these girls please congratulate them.” There were many outstanding performances from our athletes and their records are listed below.


Varsity Women’s Team

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Haley Pulido posing with the Valley plaque.

100 meter dash

1st Bree Johansen – 12.45

300 meter dash

2nd Bree Johansen – 25.57

100 meter hurdles

1st Macayla Wells – 15.38

6th Caitlin Bailey – 16.44

7th Isabella Nuncio – 16.68

300 meter hurdles

5th Caitlin bailey 49.28

13th Isabella Nuncio 52.18

4×100 relay

Mariah Nevarez, Taylor Hale, Sierra Kosloski, Morgan Pulido – 54.70

4×400 relay  

Mariah Nevarez, Taylor Hale, Bree Johansen, Bella Nuncio – 4:12.61

Shot put

7th Haley Pulido – 33-09.00

19th Willow Pilgrim – 29-09.00

High jump

1st Caitlin bailey – 5-06.00

Pole vault

2nd Macayla Wells – 9-06.00

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Roberto Frausto running his first lap of the 800-meter boys’ varsity race.

Long jump

2nd Macayla Wells – 17-08.00

3rd Bree Johansen  – 17-02.50

10th Morgan Pulido – 15-01.50

13th Caitlin Bailey – 14-11.00

Triple jump

1st Macayla Wells – 38-06.00

9th Cherise Strong – 33-00.50


Varsity Men’s Team

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The girls’ team posing after the 4×400 meter relay team competed.

200 meter dash

12th Roberto Frausto – 23.52

400 meter dash

1st Roberto Frausto – 51.11

9th Tyler Terrell – 53.31

800 meter dash

13th Roberto Frausto – 2:07.34

300 meter hurdles

12th Brett Walls – 44.60

4×400 meter relay

11th Roberto Frausto, Tyler Terrell, Chase Cortez, Oscar Arellano – 3:36.08

High jump

8th Padragi Null-Silva – 5-08.00

Pole Vault

5th Jonathan Hopkins – 12-06.00

Triple jump

6th Tyler Terrell – 40-04.50