Lady Bulldog tracksters begin seasonBy Bruce Whetten
The Douglas Lady Bulldogs were in Tucson last week taking on Sabino and Pusch Ridge in a triangular meet at Sabino.
Host Sabino won the meet with 64 points; Pusch Ridge was second with 54 and Douglas third with 48.
In the 100 hurdles Melissa Rodriguez finished third with a time of 21.50 seconds.
Barbara Jordan was third in the 100 meters turning in a time of 14.53 seconds. She was second in the 200 meters turning in a time of 30.25.
In the shot put Christina Melendez’ throw of 26'5 gave her second place. She was also second in the discus with a throw of 73’3.
Grecia Castillo won the long, high and triple jump events with jumps of 15’3, 4’8 and 32’8 respectively.
Kayla Fields won both the pole vault and the 300-meters hurdles with a vault of six-feet and a time of 53.61 in the hurdles.
“Athletes had a tough day of running in very strong cold winds in Tucson,” Douglas’ Coach Donna Savill said.
At the Ted James Invitational held March 3 Salpointe came in first with 139.5 points while Buena was second with 101 and Safford third with 100.5.
Douglas finished sixth with 37 points in the field of 14 teams.
Jordan made state provisional times in both the 100 and 200 meters where she finished sixth and seventh posting times of 13.64 and 28.51.
Marilyn Grijalva finished 11th in the 400-meters posting a time of 1:09.
Angelica Trejo finished 13th in the 1600 with a time of 6:38.
Castillo qualified for state after winning the triple jump with a jump of 33’.
She was fourth in the long jump with a state provisional jump of 15’6.
Emily Castillo placed eighth in the discus with a state provisional throw of 82’9.
Fields was fifth in the pole vault with a state provisional vault of seven feet.
Fields had the lead in the 300-meter hurdles before falling over the last hurdle. She got up and finished the race in sixth place with a state provisional time of 53.83 seconds.
Douglas’ 4x100 relay team of G.Castillo, Jordan, Rodriguez and Fields placed fourth with a state provisional time of 53.70.
The 4x400 relay team of Jordan, Kianna Ross, Field and Grijalva finished fifth with a state provisional time of 4:37.
“We are very impressed with all the girls who made State Provisional
their first meet,” the coach said afterwards.
Provisionals means an athlete must meet a certain time or mark to be put on a list to be considered for state. The best top 24 times or marks on that list for each event will be invited to state. The list is always updated with each qualifying state meet. At the end of the season the top 24 go to state.
The Lady Bulldogs are off this week for spring break but will return to action March 21 when they host Buena and Santa Rita in a tri-meet at DHS.