In a meet honoring the long career of former Hartnell College track & field coach Gary Shaw, Panther sophomore Fernando Garcia produced a mark that Shaw would have enjoyed seeing. Garcia, who prepped at Alisal High School, has steadily improved during his time at Hartnell but he final leap in the long jump Saturday at home moved him into the Northern California lead and was the fourteenth best jump in school history. The sophomore has added nearly two feet to his long jump since high school with his winning distance of 22'9" and is now eligible to compete in the CCCAA State Championship in May.
Also shining for the men's team, freshman Justin Robante produced a team leading 100 meter mark (11.35) to place second. Fellow frosh Brendan Lepe also had a team leading mark in the 400 meters (52.36). Ricky Esqueda paced the Panthers with a state automatic 10,000 meter mark (32:22.53) followed by Williams Ordaz with a "B" mark (32:49.69). Esqueda placed second in the 1500 (4:09.36) and 3000 (9:14.51). He pulled frosh Nick Merillana (4:12.13) under the regional qualifying mark. Frosh Luis Perez ran a season best in the 3000 meters (9:17.93). Jordan Finister made his debut for the Panthers with a winning triple jump mark of 12.51 meters. In the throws, Daniel Rangel topped the shot put (12.67m) and hammer (38.90).
Sherise Robinson showed she will be ready for the Norcal Heptathon in April producing a season best in the 400 meters (59.13) and 100 hurdlers (16.31). Haley Romero jumped a season best 5.31m in the long jump. Sophomore Leslie Oseguera lead the 1500 meters (5:10.67) to pace Monica Ruelas (5:11.33) and Jocelyn Cervantes (5:12.07) to season bests. Cervantes is now qualified to the regional trial in the 1500 meters. Ruelas lowered her 5000 meter best by over a minute to a top 20 all-time 19:13.73, followed by Cervantes (19:17.37) and Lauryn Orozco (19:17.94). Cervantes and Orozco went 1-2 in the 3000 meter run 11:24.53 to 11:25.63. Idalys Romero won the discus with 30.12 meter mark and improved on her season best in the hammer to 26.58 meters.
The Panthers will travel next to the Chico State Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, March 10.