Monte Vista Christian sophomore Andrew Bachman is headed to the Central Coast Section track and field finals after claiming the 12th and final spot in the 800-meter race.
Bachman finished in 1 minute, 58.03 seconds, slightly ahead of Los Gatos’ Luca Bommarito (1:58.09), on Saturday in the CCS semifinals at Gilroy High.
“I totally didn’t expect it going in because I looked at the times of all the other dudes who are running and I was just overwhelmed like, ‘How am I going to do this?’” Bachman said.
Bachman said he doesn’t even recall the first lap of the race, but once the second lap came around he went all out, especially when he got down to the final 200 meters.
“Not much was going through my head. I just zoned out,” he said.
Bachman was also part of the 4x400 relay team that placed 13th in 3:30.34, a school record. Joining him was sophomore Justin Lomeli, junior David Wang and senior Bob Chavez, who was a substitute for freshman Sage Oliver.
“The mindset was just to go out and try my best, try my absolute hardest,” Bachman said. “We’ve put in work all season to get here, so why not just give it all I’ve got?”
Mustangs coach Jeremiah Spears said Bachman has been diligently working throughout the season and is impressed at the age that he’s doing it in.
“(Bachman’s) fighting hard and as a sophomore,” Spears said. “We’re really looking forward to a couple of more years with him and hopefully make State (finals) in a couple of years,”
The first-year head coach said this was the first time all season the team was pushed extremely hard.
“They rose to the challenge and they were awesome,” Spears said.
Junior Sophie Bessa placed 23rd (13.41) in the 100 and 22nd (27.33) in the 200 dash. Sophomore Shayna Lebovitz placed 27th (1:03.62) in the 400 meter, while senior Faith Jimenez placed 30th (17.44) in the 100 high hurdles and 20th (49.81) in the 300 meter high hurdles.
The 4x100 relay team placed 20th (51.75) with freshmen Danielle Gomez and Xaviera Chidimma Azodoh, Lebovitz and Bessa leading the way.
Sophomore Viktoria Sundberg placed 18th in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 2 inches.
Spears said this was a building year for the team and was proud of the athletes for how much they accomplished, especially bringing along 10 athletes to the CCS semifinals.
“It was just a really good meet overall, they really fought hard,” Spears said.
Monte Vista Christian High senior Faith Jimenez placed 30th (17.44) in the 100 meter high hurdles and 20th (49.81) in the 300 meter high hurdles at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals on Saturday at Gilroy High. (Juan Reyes — Register-Pajaronian)
Mariners qualify for finals >> Aptos senior Hunter Matys qualified for the CCS finals in the long jump after leaping 22-0.75, which was the third-best jump of the afternoon.
Matys came up short, however, in the 100, placing 10th in 11.08 seconds, just .02 shy of the 12th and final qualifying spot.
Senior Anthony Cardenas-Ramos placed 29th (11.52).
Matys also placed 12th (22.69) in the 200 and ninth (43.51) in the 4x100 relay alongside Cardenas-Ramos and juniors Lytrell Francis and Eli Ruiz.
Senior Nathan Arellano placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 142-2, which was good enough to qualify for the finals. He also placed 23rd (44-09) in the shot put.
Junior Xarius Joseph placed 15th (16.23) in the 110 high hurdles, while Francis placed 25th (43.99) in the 300 hurdles.
Joseph and Francis also participated in the triple jump, placing 16th (41-07) and 24th (39-11 3/4), respectively.
Aptos senior Indra Lyons will join Matys in next week’s CCS finals after she placed seventh in 15.19 in the 100 hurdles.
Also joining them is junior Brynn Mitchell, who placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 36-5.5 inches and sixth (17-2) in the long jump.
Senior Haley Veldhuis placed 19th (27.07) in the 200, while freshman Elizabeth Churchill placed 26th (14-11) in the long jump. Freshman Malia Kessler placed 19th (33-01) in the triple jump.
Senior Peyton Masuen placed 23rd (30-5) in the shot put, while junior Sydney Ghiglione placed 31st (85-5) in the discus.
Aptos High senior Hunter Matys sprints to the finish line in the 100 meter dash during the Central Coast Section semifinals on Saturday at Gilroy High. He placed 10th in 11.08 seconds. (Juan Reyes — Register-Pajaronian)
Condors stay grounded at CCS >> North Monterey County senior Konan Van Lear nearly missed qualifying for the finals in the discus after he placed 13th with a throw of 135-5.
Menlo-Atherton junior Songi Eke edged Van Lear with a throw of 136-5, which was good enough for 12th place. Van Lear also placed 20th (45-5) in the shot put.
Condors senior Fernando Perez placed 26th in 17.19 in the 110 high hurdles. Perez also placed 27th (44.15) in the 300 hurdles.
Senior Nayla Anastacio placed 29th (14-4) in the long jump, while senior Nia Nisby placed 20th (100-7) in the discus.
Strader nearly qualifies for P.V. >> Grizzlies junior Katelyn Strader finished with a best throw of 102-9 in the discus, but it wasn’t enough to get into the CCS finals.
Pajaro Valley coach Andre Avila said Strader was able to improve her mark from last week’s Pacific Coast Athletic League Master’s Meet.
Strader’s first throw went 108 feet, but it landed out of bounds. Avila said a throw like that would’ve easily put her in the finals next week.
Jessie Pavek of Notre Dame of Salinas qualified for the final spot with a throw of 107.
But Avila said he reminded her that there’s still next year and they have a lot to be thankful for, especially after going through all the tough divisions in the PCAL at last week’s Master Meet.
“To have to go through the Gabilan Division to make it to here says a lot about (Strader),” he said.
Avila said Strader is really competitive and is able to pick herself up easily after a bad toss, including her first attempt on Friday.
“She has a superior mental focus, even though she threw that first one out of bounds, a lot of people would be wrecked after that,” Avila said. “It didn’t affect her.”
Pajaro Valley High sophomore Katelyn Straderjunior Katelyn Strader finished with a best throw of 102-feet, 9-inches in the discus at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals on Saturday at Gilroy High. (Juan Reyes — Register-Pajaronian)
At Scotts Valley 11, N.M.C. 4 >> The Condors lost their regular season finale against the Falcons in non-league play on Saturday. N.M.C. finished with a 15-7-1 overall record and went 9-2 in PCAL Cypress division play.
At Gonzales 12, P.V. 2 >> The Grizzlies came up short against the Spartans in a regular season and PCAL-Cypress Division finale on Friday. Pajaro finished with an 0-18 overall record and went 0-14 in league play.
Editor's Note: This article will be published in the May 17 edition of the Register-Pajaronian.