Douglas High School was the site of the 89th Annual Ted James Douglas Invitational track meet Saturday.
Eleven boys and 11 girls teams were in town for the day long meet.
Nogales High School won the girls meet with 156 points. Thatcher was second with 110, Safford was third with 100 points and Douglas had 67. Litzy Leyva, who competed for Douglas in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, was named the Outstanding Female Field Athlete at the meet. Leyva finished third in the high jump with a jump of four-feet, 10 inches. She placed second in the triple jump with a 32’4”, and she was second in the long jump with a jump of 14’ 2.75”
In the boys meet, Safford finished in first place with a score of 177. Nogales was second with a 125, Benson third with 101 points and just like the Lady Bulldogs, the Bulldogs also scored 67 points.
In the girls 100-meters, Deyanira Victor finished in second place with a time of 13.89 seconds. Sara Perez and Sheccid Bejarano also ran in the 100-meters, finishing 12th and 18th respectively, turning in times of 15.02 and 1.58 seconds.
Deidra Victor finished fourth in the 200-meters, with a time of 29.08.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Zara Zenovia Orosco finished eighth with a time of 19.65 seconds; Ashley Galaz was 11th with a 21,74.
Orosco and Galaz finished fourth and seventh respectively in the 300-meter hurdles turning in times of 54.08 and 58.32 seconds.
Sara Perez vaulted 7’6” in the pole vault finishing fourth. Bejarano placed seventh with a 6’6” and Orozco, eighth, at 5’6”.
In the girls shot put, Julie Escogido finished 17th with a throw of 20’3” and Itzel Aguilar was 18th with a throw of 19’5”.
In the discus, Aguilar placed 13th with a throw of 63’2”; Escogido finished 15th with a throw of 60’2”.
Douglas’ 4x400 relay team of Orozco, Bejarano and the two Victor sisters came in first with a time of 4:28.
The Lady Bulldogs 4x100 relay team of Perez, Bejarano and the two Victor sisters were third with a time of 54.58.
In the boy’s 100-meters, Douglas’ Pedro Berumen finished 12th with a time of 12.60 seconds; Carter Jaramillo was 24th with a time of 13.83.
In the 200-meters, Jorge Ochoa placed fifth with a time or 24.40; Sergio Zuniga was 12th with a 25.35.
Ochoa placed first in the 400-meters beating out 20 other runners while finishing with a time of 51.71.
Javier Moreno finished 10th in the 800-meters turning in a time of 2:21.51. Isaac Rivera, Jose Loreto and Juan Valenzuela were 20th, 21st and 22nd respectively, recording times of 2:43.94, 2:46.33, and 2:47.43.
Moreno finished 19th in the 1600 with a time of 6:10.08. He was followed by Rivera in 22nd with a 6:13.94; Valenzuela was 23rd with a 6:21.79; Esteban Macias, 24th, 6:33.58, and Loreto, 25th, 6:49.28.
Eduardo Coronado and Andres Ruiz placed 11th and 12th in the 110-meter high hurdles, turning in times of 21.33 and 21.68.
Coronado would later place fifth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.83; Ruiz was seventh with a time of 50.92.
In the boys high jump, Luis Felix’s jump of 5’2” placed him tied for ninth. Felix was second in the long jump with a 18’2” and third in the triple jump with a 37’10.
Gerson Precido was fourth in the triple jump with a 37’4” and 12th in the long jump with a 16’7.5” jump. Andre De La Cruz was 17th with a 15’4”.
Zuniga’s vault of 9’6 in the pole vault was good enough for sixth place. Precido vaulted 8’6” and placed ninth.
In the boys shot put, Franciso Parra was third with a throw of 40’2”. Fernando De La Riva was 10th with a throw of 35’ and Hugo Tovar, 12th, with a 32’4”.
Parra would place fourth in the discus with a 104’2” and De La Riva was13th with a throw of 91’
The Bulldogs 4x100 relay team of Zuniga, Berumen, Jaramillo and Ochoa placed third with a time of 47.14.
The 4x400 relay team of Ochoa, Berumen, Jaramillo, and Zuniga placed fifth with a time of 3:56.
Douglas’ 4x800 relay team of Ochoa, Moreno, Rivera, and Loreto placed fifth with a time of 10:24.
After the meet Douglas’ track coach Donna Savill made a point to thank the 50 plus volunteers who worked at the invitational Saturday, helping it run smoothly.
“Overall I thought we did very well,” she said. “It’s kind of hard to see how your athletes are doing when you’re running a meet.”
Savill said her girls 4x400 relay team hit the state provisional qualifying time and to do that in the first meet is quite an accomplishment.
“Ochoa ran well in the 400-meters,” she said. “Leyva had a good day for us in the jumps. I was happy to see she was named the Outstanding Field Athlete. She is only a sophomore and a very dedicated athlete to track and field.” Dee Dee Victor ran well in the 100-meters coming in second. I thought her sister Deidra ran well in the 200. Parra also had a good day in the shot.”
The coach says she has a small team but they have some high quality athletes and this is a good starting point for her squad and something they can build on.
Douglas actually hosted Cholla and Desert View in a tri-meet on Wednesday, March 4 and won that meet.
Next up is a March 25 four-way meet in Walden Grove with Desert Christian, Sahuarita, and Walden Grove.