Watsonville’s Layla Ruiz finished 29th in the rated division of the 3,200-meters at the Arcadia Invitational on April 6.
Racing against some of the best distance runners in the country, Ruiz, a sophomore, finished in 11 minutes, 9.08 seconds — just a few ticks away from her program record of 11:07.98, which she set at the Stanford Invitational in late March.
• Youth stars for Watsonville - Freshman Mayra Peralta-Celedon won the 100 (13.58) and 200 (27.68) and also ran a leg on the victorious 4x400 relay in the Wildcatz Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission division meet with Santa Catalina and Pajaro Valley.
Teammate Denise Corrales, a sophomore, won the 800 (2:44.09) and the 1,600 (6:09.03).
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
• Watsonville dominates meet - Watsonville junior Damian Rivas was a triple winner, taking the top spot in the 800 (2:13.71), 1,600 (2:13.71) and 3,200 (11:01.14) in the Wildcatz’s PCAL-Mission meet with Pajaro Valley.
Watsonville won 14 of 15 events.
Pajaro Valley junior Cristo Lopez placed first in the shot put with a toss of 32 feet, 3.75 inches to notch the Grizzlies’ lone win.
Watsonville senior Daniel Knight was first in the long jump (18-10) and 200 meters (24.62). Senior Jesse Mandujano also won two events: the 100 (12.08) and 300 hurdles (49.06)
• Carmel 15, Aptos 3 - Aptos fell behind 5-0 after the first quarter and never recovered in its PCAL-Gabilan loss to Carmel on Wednesday night.
Aptos is off until April 22 when it travels to Santa Cruz High to play Stevenson at 3:15 p.m.
• PCS 9, Watsonville 8 - The Wildcatz dropped their PCAL-Mission game on Monday.
Watsonville returns to action on April 22 at Santa Cruz High. It will play York at 5:15 p.m.