Monte Vista's track and field team recently competed in both NCS and then the following week in the Meet of Champions. After all was said and done, only one Mustang made it to state but that doesn't paint an accurate picture of how successful they truly were.
Mikaela Hammitt came in 4th in the 800 in order to qualify and keep competing. Mel Rosenburg, Sean Nguyen, and Stephen Burke all came in 5th narrowly moving on to state.
At the MOC the lineup of Kyla Aiuto, Christina Chin, Lauren Gratsch and Jill Anderson took first place in the 4x800. Many other athletes did great simply by getting to NCS or the MOC. Both 4x4 relays for men (Connor Donley, Gordie Nash, Elliot Killick and Chris Prudhomme) and women (Jill Anderson, Megan Penland, Rachel Call, Mikaela Hammit) missed qualifying by less than a second at these events.
Donley also missed qualifying by one spot in the 800. Dane Turner competed in the high jump to cap, and Mike Roderick competed in the mile to cap off his successful season as well as the girls 4x100 relay. All in all it was a great couple of weeks for the Mustangs.
Senior captain Jillian Bush put in five goals against league rival Cal High to take home Monte Vista's first ever North Coast Section girl's lacrosse championship. The game took place at Dublin High School but the Mustangs made themselves feel right at home.
Everyone seemed to chip in, but Bush, Aimee Dewan and Lauren Goerz all played outstandingly. They continued their domination of the NCS by beating Cal by a final score of 17-8. It was their third time beating Cal this year. Junior goalie Sarah Tucker came back from injury to provide them with an extra boost of emotion, making 12 critical saves. After losing in last year's NCS championship the girls wanted to make sure they didn't leave this time empty handed. They went undefeated in league play, as well as against NCS competition.
After battling and defeating two tough opponents in Foothill and Amador Valley to get to the championship game, the Mustangs boys lacrosse team finally ran out of gas against the Spartans. De La Salle came out and took a 6-2 lead all the way to the third quarter when Monte Vista began what appeared to be another one of their spirited comebacks.
Daniel Blakey and Mitchell Stein both put in a pair of goals during that stretch in order to cut the game to 6-5 while the defense led by goalie Trevor Moriarty kept De La Salle at bay. After that though, the Mustangs seemed to run out of magic and the Spartans pushed the game out of reach, winning 12-7. This was Monte Vista's fifth trip to the NCS championship. Next year they look forward to trying to get back to the championship, this time with a different result.