Local track and field athletes competed well Friday and Saturday at the massive Ventura Individual.
Among event winners were Dos Pueblos’ Ellie Gleason topping the girls’ 1600-meter run; San Marcos’ Jacob Snodgress winning the boys’ 800-meter run; and Santa Barbara’s Davis Flanagin winning the boys’ long jump and London Moro taking first in the girls’ 400 meters.
Jacob Snodgress’ winning time in the 800m run was a personal-best 1:57.74.
“Jacob looked very smooth and took command of the race early and next let go,” San Marcos coach Marilyn Hantgin said.
Ethan Dwelly also ran a personal best in that race, 1:59.73, good for third place.
Justin Hess was second in the 400 run with a personal best of 50.00, and he anchored the 4×400 relay team that also included Julian Hicks, Jonas Strand, and Andreas Kocmur.
For the Royals girls, the 4×100 relay team finished fourth with a personal best 51.06. Runners were Ava Carter, Kate Edgar, Ajha Dennis-Florence and Ava Arriaga.
Ava Carter, in fact, “had an amazing day,” Hantgin said. In addition to the relay, she scored personal-best times in finishing second in both the 100 (12.67) and the 200 (26.16) runs.
“Ava is only a 10th grader,” Hantgin said. “She has put in a lot of work in the off-season to get faster and it’s paying off. She anchored both relays.”
The girls 4×400 relay team, consisting of Kiala Haas, Celina Zambrano, Makenzie Fauver and Carter, finished third.
“We had another great day on the track,” Hantgin said. “We have our first league meet on Wednesday up at Santa Ynez.”
Davis Flanagin won the long jump with a leap of 21-4.75, and took second in the triple jump with 41-3.75. He also anchored the third-place 4×400 meter relay team, which finished in 3:45.89.
“Davis had a great day,” Santa Barbara coach Olivia Perdices said. “Those were a couple of big jumps against some good guys. He picked up a PR in the 100 today as well (11.17).”
That relay team also consisted of Jack Ransdell, Miguel Unzueta and Ixaka Craviotto-Velasco.
Ransdell added a PR 44.34 to take second in the 300 meter hurdles.
Dons sophomore London Moro won her 400 meter final in a personal-best 61.89.
“London just keeps chipping time off that race,” Perdices said.”
In the 800, the top four spots belonged to Santa Barbara and San Marcos. The Royals’ Drew DeLozier finished second with 1:59.70 and Andreas Dybdahl fourth with 1:59.90. Both dipped under two minutes for the first time.
“That’s something both those boys have been hunting all season,” Perdices said. “It was a great race, with Jacob Snodgress and Ethan Dwelley of San Marcos in first and third. There’s a lot more good racing coming for that group later in the season.”
The Royas’ Oliver Levine was third in the 3200 in a personal best 9:52.64.
“That his first sub-10,” Perdices said. “We knew he was more than capable of it. He just needed to get in the right race.”
The Dons host Cabrillo in a Channel League meet on Wednesday.
Junior Ellie Gleason won the girls’ 1600 in a time of 5:15.77. Several other Chargers did well at that distance, with two other top-10 finishes: Phoebe Wolfe Lyons in 6th with 5:36.80, and Samsara Chahine eighth with 5:37.99.
Other high finishes included Clehann Howard, second in the girls 100 meter hurdles with 17.41, and Elizabeth Yancey, third in the girls long jump with 15-6.50.
Clehann was also fifth in the 300 meter hurdles with 54.86.
Among boys, Luciani Koroshec was seventh in the 3200 run with 10:04.66, and Gabriel Runyen eighth in the 100 meters at 11.96. Justin Vincent finished 10th in the 400 meter run with 54.16.