Pleasant Grove sophomore sprinter Rae'vyn Lawler has not only the fastest time in the 100 meters thus far throughout all of the Sac-Joaquin Section, but she's also the only girl to break the 12-second mark this season.
Lawler's time of 11.84 seconds recorded three weeks ago is the only time anyone has run inside 12 seconds. Her mark of 25.04 seconds in the 200 meters is the second-fastest thus far this year in that event.
Franklin's 4x100 meter relay teams, both the boys and the girls, have the best time in their respective events. The boys have run the relay in 42.52 seconds while the girls have bested everyone in the Section with a run of 47.82 seconds. The Wildcats' head track coach Millard Hampton won an Olympic gold medal in this event during the 1976 games in Montreal.
Other locals who own the best mark in the Section through the 6th of April include Franklin triple jumper Amanda Brooks with a leap of 37 feet, 2.25 inches.
Wildcat long jumper Jorden O'Neal has the second best mark thus far in the Section with a leap of 18 feet, seven inches. Teammate Phillip Fayne's high jump of six feet, eight inches is the second-best in that event, too.
On a related note, Hampton wants to send several of his tracksters to the infamous Penn Relays in Pennsylvania beginning April 22.
"We would like to send our girls 4 x 100 meter relay team which has
won the Sac Joaquin Section Masters competition over the past two years," Hampton wrote on the team's website. "We would also like to send our girls 4 x 400 relay team, boys 4 x 100
relay team and two other outstanding athletes who have bright futures
ahead of them."
"Some of these athletes have future dreams of
becoming a future member of the United States Olympic Team," he wrote. "Going to the
Penn Relays provides them a great start on their quest to achieve this
The Wildcats take on Pleasant Grove and Monterey Trail in a Delta League meet on Wednesday at Mark Macres Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.