The La Quinta boys (77-50) and girls (90-37) track and field teams notched an additional team victory Thursday night against Palm Springs, bringing them both one step closer to a fourth-straight season of holding DVL titles.
For the boys, Casey Cruz led the charge with three event victories in the 1600-meters (4:37.09), the 800-meters (2:03.12) and the 3200-meters (10:41.48). Koty Burton won twice in the 400-meters (49.00) and the 110-meter hurdles (14.56).
For the Blackhawk girls, Francine Ansley and Alana Wilson each won two events, with Ansley dominating the distance events with victories in the 800-meters (2:35.78) and the 3200-meters (12:58.50), while Wilson won in the sprints with the 100-meters (12.34) and the 200-meters (25.65).
Tayler Hawkins was the highlight for the Palm Springs boys squad, with wins in the 100-meters (11.02) and the 200-meters (22.53). Jada McLean won both the 100-meter hurdles (16.09) and the 300-meter hurdles (45.78), and Hannah Wright picked up victories in the long jump (16-7.25) and the triple jump (32-3).
Track and field
Xavier Prep vs. Cathedral City: The Saints boys team picked up another DVL dual meet win 74-53 over Catherdal City to stay undefeated and set up a title-deciding meet against La Quinta next Thursday. Jah Strange led the Saints with three victories in the 100-meters (11.65), a school record in the high jump (6-4) and the long jump (21-10).
The Saints’ girls team won their first DVL meet of the season 71-50 over the Lions, led by a school record from Romina Caipo in the discus with a toss of 122 feet. Chaya Chandresheka won both the 100-meter hurdles (20.71) and the 300-meter hurdles (58.81), and Nicky Johnson won both the 3200-meters (13:22) and the 1600-meters (6:09).
Palm Desert vs. Indio: The Palm Desert girls track and field team continued their undefeated run through DVL with an 86-41 win over Indio. Kira Leggat highlighted the night, breaking a 10-year-old school record in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.3 seconds while also winning the 300-meter hurdles. Seline Schinke won the discus (91-8.5) and tied for first in the long jump (15-1) with Melissa Brown, who won the high jump (4-6) and the triple jump (33-0.25).
Despite the boys team’s loss 69-58 to Indio, Nick Keuilian won both the long jump and the high jump, while Spencer Platomone won both the 100-meters and the 200-meters.
Palm Desert 5, Xavier Prep 0: The Aztecs recorded their fourth straight shutout Thursday afternoon. On the mound, Jeremiah Estrada pitched a complete game, striking out 12 batters with no walks and only three hits.
Jon Mejia led Palm Desert with three hits at the plate. Alex Olson had two, including a double. Next, the Aztecs face Cathedral City at home on Tuesday.
Rancho Mirage 236, Desert Hot Springs 286: DJ Sailor was medalist for the Rattlers (8-4, 6-2) with a 39 on the Gary Player Course. Brandon Gonzalez followed with a 42, along with Marcus Lopez’s 45, Benny Leung’s 53 and Garrett Johnson’s 57. Alex Serrano led DHS with a 52.
Desert Christian Academy 243, Mesa Grande 247: The Conquerors pulled out a close dual match in league play, led by Harrison Yu’s 40, along with Robert Yu’s 43, Nash Johnson’s 45 and Wyatt Snellenberger’s 47.
Shadow Hills 242, Desert Mirage 307: Erik Sanchez and Daniel Sandoval led the Knights to a league match win with a pair for 45’s, followed by Gianni Mavarro’s 48 and Jacob Rucobab-Alvarez’s 51.
Palm Desert 203, Indio 300: Charlie Reiter’s 37 led the Aztecs to a dominating victory at Desert Willow, followed by TJ Wutrz’s 38. Zane Rhodes shot a 41, while Justin Kallmann carded a 42, rounded out by Nick Daniels’ 45. Mathew Oritz led Indio with a 54.
The Aztecs (7-1) hit the links next on Tuesday against Coachella Valley at Desert Willow.
La Quinta 206, Palm Springs 300: Daniel Krause’s 38 was low medalist for the Blackhawks, followed by 39’s from Isaac Calderon and Mark Williams, a 41 from Nick Conoway and 49s from Tyler Sanchez and Cris Song. Austin Good led Palm Springs with a 52.
The Blackhawks (16-2, 9-1) play next on Tuesday against Xavier Prep at SilverRock.
Palm Springs 13, Indio 2: Raquel Harris finished just a homer shy of the cycle in the Indians’ convincing league win, adding five RBIs. Sarah Martin, Caitlin Clinkscales and Valerie Rosete each connected for two singles, while Makayla August went the distance on the mound, striking out six while giving up just two hits.
The Indians (11-3, 4-0) hit the diamond next on Tuesday against Cathedral City at home.
Coachella Valley 5, Palm Desert 3: The Arabs piled all five of their runs on in the second inning when eight of the first nine batters reached base. On the mound, Maria Rodriguez picked up the win in a complete game, allowing eight hits.
At the plate, Rebecca Alford went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Desiree Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Arabs (11-8, 3-2) play next on Tuesday at Indio.
Desert Christian Academy 32, Joshua Springs 1: The Conquerors notched 15 extra base hits and 20 RBIs in Thursday’s rout. On the mound, Jahzell Estrada picked up her ninth win of the season with seven strikeouts.
At the plate, Kaylee Espinoza, Tina Hendricks and Estrada each knocked four hits, combining for 13 of the team’s runs. Estrada also connected on two homers.
Rancho Mirage 12, Coachella Valley 6: Daniel Whelan and Ismael Cuevas continued their singles winning streaks with two victories apiece before retiring for the day, while Carter Victorio also grabbed a win in singles as well.
In doubles, Marco Giron and Javier Campos, Ivan Hernandez and Luis Velasquez and Alex Arias and Juan Felix all won two sets, while Alexis Magana and Julian Parks won one.
Palm Springs 12, La Quinta 6: Michael Cabaguncan (6-0, 6-1, 6-1) won all three of his singles sets, while Miguel Lopez picked up one (7-5). In doubles, Will Donovan and Cameron Koehler (6-0, 6-1, 6-0) and Riley Barnett and Gibby Campbell (6-0, 6-1, 6-1) each grabbed three wins apiece, while Ben Goehring and Julia Bojorquez (6-3, 7-5) won two.
The Indians (12-3, 8-2) play next at Laguna Beach on Friday.
Xavier Prep vs. Cathedral City: Both the boys (105-25) and girls (131-45) Xavier Prep swim teams picked up wins over Cathedral City. Emma Johansen (200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke) and Paulina Cordero (50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle) won two events for the girls, while Troy Boydstun (50-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke) and Kyle Cenicola (100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke) won twice each.
Palm Springs girls 126.5, La Quinta 43.5:Despite the league meet loss, the Blackhawks swept all three relays, while Mandy Strong (200-meter individual medley and 100-meter backstroke) and Hunter Olivier (50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle) each won two events.