Coyote girls celebrate seniors with win
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s Julia Martinez runs in first place for the entire race Wednesday to record another victory to help the Coyotes to a dual meet victory over Edison.
In the only contested race of the afternoon, the Madera Coyote girls cross country team secured the first two spots of its County/Metro Athletic Conference dual meet against the Edison-Fresno Tigers to come away with a team win in and around Memorial Stadium.
Senior Julia Martinez ran away with the victory on a day where the team celebrated Senior Day. She helped lead the Coyotes to a 21-36 victory.
With the victory, the Coyote girls placed second in the CMAC to the Sanger Apaches. They will battle March 27 for the CMAC title.
The Coyote boys weren’t able to field a full team, but senior Aaron Jackson led the way with a third place finish.
In the girls race, Martinez and teammate Sophia Mirelez led from the start, Gradually, Martinez pulled away and recorded a 38 second victory over Mirelez.
Edison’s third place runner finished 57 seconds behind Martinez and 25 seconds behind Mirelez.
Jemina Rivera was the next Coyote across the line in fifth place. Senior Evelyn Zambrano was 14 seconds back in sixth. Mayce Atherton completed the team scoring with a seventh place finish.
Karissa Diaz closed out the top 10. Jocelyn Molina was 11th, Angela Garcia was 13th and Natalie Giron placed 15th.
Edison’s first two runners finished comfortably ahead of Jackson, although he was 36 seconds out of second. Senior Victor Jimenez was fourth on the team, 38 seconds behind Jackson.
Brian Angeles was seventh in the race and senior Christian Ortiz placed eighth.