Centre boys snag four track titles
The Centre High School track teams competed Friday at the Wheat State League meet at Goessel.
The boys’ team finished fifth out of the 11-team field with 54 points, one point behind fourth-place Elyria Christian.
Solomon claimed the top spot, beating out second-place Canton-Galva, 107-86.
The girl’s team’s 26 points left it in eighth place, with Hope’s 113 points topping the field.
With four individual titles, the Cougar boys’ team finished with the most they’ve had since the WSL came into existence eight years ago.
Three of the four came from Xavier Espinoza, who closed out the meet with three consecutive league long jump titles, leaping 18 feet 9½ inches.
Espinoza also picked up gold medals in the 100 and 400 meter races at 11.52 and 53.98 times.
Jensen Riffel added the other title with a meet-best 146’1” javelin toss.
Riffel also finished with third- and fourth-place throws in discus and shot put.
Centre’s other points came from a pair of fifth-place finishers in the 800 and 3200 by Aiden Svoboda and Tanner Stuchlik.
The girls also had four competitors in action with Callie Barney, Alyssa and Samantha Espinoza, and Carly Deines.
Alyssa posted the best finish, leaping 32½ feet for second in the triple jump.
There was a heated battle in the long jump between Deines, Samantha, and Barney.
But it was Deines that came out in front for third, leaping 14-3.
Samantha and Barney each jumped 13-11, but Samantha finished fourth and Barney coming in a spot behind.
Barney finished fifth in the 200 with a 29.70 while combining with the trio for a fourth-place time in the 4x100 relay of 55.00.
The Cougars travel Friday to Burlington for regionals.
Last modified May 16, 2019