Providence track team
The Providence boys and girls track & field teams won titles at the Frontier League Championships. (Courtesy photo)

Providence won the girls team title and shared the boys title with Bishop Diego at the Frontier League Track & Field Championships at Villanova Prep on Thursday.

The Providence girls scored 55 points to beat Villanova (33), Bishop Diego (27) and Santa Clara (12). The Patriots and Bishop Diego each scored 39 in the boys competition, while Villanova (34) and Santa Clara (23) rounded out the field.

Avala Elwood  was a three-event champion for Providence. She won the long jump (14-5), 400 meters (1:03.40) and the 800 (2:50.8). Aza Elwood took the 1600 and 3200 and was second in the 800.

Ruby Kilpper won the 100 for Providence and finished second in a tight 200. Bishop Diego’s Clara McDonald won the 200 by two one-thouandths of a second.

Also for the Patriots, Abigail Fiedtkou won the triple jump and  Sabine Zermeno was second in the 3200.

“Our girls’ team took on the challenge of winning the league finals with gusto,” said coach Evan Covell. “I am incredibly proud of their hard work all season. They set this goal early on and it was fun to watch them step up and achieve it.”

In the boys competition, Hunter LaBrie won the 110 high hurdles and Teleios Zermeno beat LaBrie in the 300 hurdles.

Isaac Noyes doubled in the 1600 and 800 for the Patriots. He outkicked a Santa Clara runner for the win in the 800.

Isaac, LaBrie, Jonny Saunders and Zermeno won the 4×400 relay for the Patriots.

“Our team was scrappy today, we fought hard for every position,” said Covell. “It is an honor to be considered co-champions with a strong Bishop Diego team. We rose to the occasion and got the job done. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Sué Luamanu was a double winner for the Bishop Diego boys, taking the discus with a throw of 119 feet and the shot put with a throw of 44-0.

Austin Chrestenson won the 100 with a time of 11.10 and took second in the 200.  The boys 4×100 relay also were league champions.  Also earning a qualifying marks for CIF in the shot put was Henri Benoit and JD Vargas, and  Greco Guevara in the discus.  

On the girls side Clara McDonald won three league titles: the shot put (36-9), the 200 (29.29) and the 4×100 relay.  She also took second in the discus behind her freshman sister Annie McDonald. Annie McDonald’s winning throw was 100-6. She also took second in the shot put.

“I feel that all my hard work is paying off with this win, and this is the first time I have ever beat my sister,” said Annie McDonald 

The top three finishers in each event qualified for the CIF-SS Division 4 Prelims at Carpinteria High on May 7.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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