Colton Track and Field cross the finish line with strong showing against Eisenhower

Womens’ varsity takes a huge victory and several athletes set personal bests across the event schedule during the final home meet of the season


Jeremy Ortega

The 2021 Track and Field Seniors. Back row, from left: Joseph Duran, Nathan Torres, Eddie Marquez, Abraham Luu; front row: Alanna Anderson, Zamantha Moctezuma, Diana Fernandez, Iris Garcia-Zarate, Leea Palma

Colton, CA—The Colton Yellowjackets track and field took to Memorial Stadium on Thursday and put together their best performance of the season, both individually and as a team, against the Eisenhower Eagles.

On the team front, the CHS womens’ varsity team beat the Eagles 73-37. Mens’ varsity, however, dropped this one, 86-40.

Individually, Colton shined. “The team had a strong finish to the end of their season,” head coach Roxana Lopez said. “Today was the best everyone as a whole has ever performed. Several athletes set personal records, and it really showed in the final results.”

For the women, the Yellowjackets dominated all over the event schedule. Glory Mgbemere continued her excellence in the 100 hurdles, placing first with a time of 20.07. Diana Fernandez placed second in both the 100 (14.55) and 200 (29.63).  Madison Prieto placed second in the 800, with a personal best of 2:57.13. 

The long distance and field events were where Colton shined brightest. In the 1600, Colton went 1-2-3, with Brianna Jimenez taking first place with a time of 6:26.91. Jimenez also won the 3200 with a personal record time of 14:04.98. Diana Vera came in second with a personal record of 14:25.13. 

In the discus, Colton also took the top three spots, with Zamantha Moctezuma setting a personal record by throwing 95 feet, 6 inches. Emily Ramirez (second, 84’5) and Alanna Anderson (third, 72’2) also set personal records. In the shot put, Grace Osueke took first with a personal best of 29 feet, 9 inches.

This meet also saw Colton begin adding field events to their repertoire. In addition to the throwing events, which the squad has been dominating all season, athletes participated in jumping events. Madison Prieto took first in the the high jump, scaling 4 foot, 1 inches, and Grace Osueke took first in the long jump, leaping 12 feet, 10 inches.

On the men’s side, Abraham Luu set a personal record in the 100 with a time of 12.59, placing third against a strong Eagles 1-2 combo of Javell Horton (12.22) and Terrell Roberson (12.44). Angel Losoya (56.41) and Joseph Duran (56.76) took top honors in the 400, both running personal best times on the season.

In the field events, Eddie Marquez continued his remarkable season with the discus, throwing 120 feet, 7 inches to take first and a personal best. Adam Torres (112’5) and Joseph Duran (104’1) placed second and third, respectively, both setting personal records in the event. In the shot, Nathan Torres set a personal record as well, taking first with a throw of 39 feet, 1 inch. Eddie Marquez placed third (37’10).

With the season officially ending, qualifying athletes now look forward to league finals next Wednesday and Thursday. Twenty-five members of the team qualified, including:

Arianna Aispuro, Alanna Anderson, Anna Bailey, Precious Culberson, Isaiah Delgado, Joseph Duran, Kimberly Emilio, Diana Fernandez, Matthew Fuentes, Iris Garcia-Zarate, Angel Losoya, Eddie Marquez, Edward Marquez, Glory Mgbemere, Mercy Mgbemere, Zamantha Moctezuma, Daniel Montes, Grace Osueke, Madison Prieto, Emily Ramirez, Dominic Rodriguez, Abeal Sanchez, Adam Torres, Nathan Torres, and Diana Vera.


Official Results