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Sonoma thinclads begin at Big Cat

Sophomore Edwin Reyes, who won the 400-meter boys’ race at last Saturday's Big Cat Tournament in Santa Rosa, receives the baton from sophomore teammate Bridget Vanoni during Sonoma’s annual intra-squad Green and White Relays and Alumni Meet Wednesday at Schantz Track. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

Sophomore Edwin Reyes, who won the 400-meter boys’ race at last Saturday's Big Cat Tournament in Santa Rosa, receives the baton from sophomore teammate Bridget Vanoni during Sonoma’s annual intra-squad Green and White Relays and Alumni Meet Wednesday at Schantz Track. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

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Taking advantage of a weekend break in the recent, and much-needed rain, Sonoma Valley High School’s track and field teams opened their 2014 season at Santa Rosa’s tough Big Cat Tournament Saturday at Ernie Nevers Track.

Competing against schools from Marin, Mendocino, Lake, San Francisco and Sonoma counties, nine Dragon athletes came home with six top-five finishes, including sophomore Edwin Reyes, who was the lone winner after running to victory in the 400-meter boys’ race in a time of 52.61 seconds.

Sonoma’s varsity boys were also paced by sophomore Max Floerke’s third place in the long jump at 18 feet, 11 inches; the fourth-place 400-meter relay team of anchorman Reyes, Floerke, senior Ed Pomeroy and junior Brian Casillas in 48.04; Pomeroy’s 12.29 in the 100; Casillas’ 14-9 in the long jump; senior Jose Rubio’s 34-10 in the shot put; senior Brandon Santana’s 32-0 in the shot put; senior Hank Anderson’s 17-5 long jump; junior Cedric Hernandez’s 26-1/2 and 76-3-1/2 in the shot and discus, respectively; and sophomore Dominic Sanfillipo’s 27-1/2 and 84-11 in the shot and discus, respectively.

Pacing the varsity Lady Dragons were sophomore Isabel Garon’s pole-vault second place at 8 feet, and freshman Kiara Miles’ 100- and 200 thirds in 13.47 and 28.13, respectively.

Sonoma’s track and field program held its annual intra-squad Green and White Relays and Alumni Meet on Wednesday at Schantz Track – results not available at presstime – and the Dragons will compete in the 10 a.m. Windsor Relays tomorrow, Saturday, March 8.