Lady Lancers Receive ‘Blessings’ in SVC Team Win

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG)  |  By Mike Bush
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Cordova’s Blessings Norwood, shown here competing in the triple jump at the Lancer Invite last month, won two events in an SVC meet against Liberty Ranch last week. --Photo by Rick Sloan

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Competing in the varsity boys 4x400 relay team for Cordova is Andrew Roberts, front, and Bryan Estrada, shown here competing at the Lancer Invite last month. The duo and the Lancers’ 4x100 relay raced to first place finishes against Liberty Ranch in an SVC meet last week. --Photo by Rick Sloan

Led by large contingency of under and upperclassmen, the Cordova High School girls track and field team dominated Liberty Ranch in a Sierra Valley Conference dual meet.

Hosting the Lady Hawks at Lancers Stadium on March 29th, the Lady Lancers raced to a 70-57 win over Liberty Ranch. The win gives Cordova a 1-1 record in the SVC.

In the varsity boys’ meet, Cordova also had winners in running events. But the Hawks came away with a 90-46 win over the Lancers. The Cordova frosh-soph boys squad came away with a 67-40 grounding of the Hawks.

In the varsity girls’ races, Cordova’s Blessings Norwood was a double winner. In the 400 meter race, the freshman had a time of 1 minute, 8.75 seconds. Norwood leaped her way to first place in the triple jump at 28 feet, 4 ¾ inches. She is also a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that also took first place.

“Blessings is a hardworking and dedicated athlete,” said Cordova head coach Shane Jackson of Norwood. “She puts her full effort in everything she does. She is getting stronger in all of her events including the triple jump and 400 meters.”

In the 100 hurdles, Trinity Foster shined with a first-place finish at 18.20 seconds. The third of the trio of Cordova girls who won their race was Ambiance Jackson, first in the 300 hurdles at 54.87 seconds.

In relay races, the Lady Lancers’ 4x100 meter relay team of Norwood, plus other freshmen in Cara Donis, Gabriella Maduri and senior Bri Anna Samuel edged Liberty Ranch, 54.13. In the 4x400 relay race, Cordova’s Foster, Norwood, Maduri and Samuel raced to a first-place finish at 4:35, with Liberty Ranch clocked at 4:50.

The field events had Cordova’s Faauiga Toele win the shot put with a toss of 34 feet, 10 inches. Faauiga’s sister, Pele Toele captured first in the discus at 90-01.

“These young ladies are continuing the tradition of accomplished lady throwers for Cordova,” said Jackson of Pele, a sophomore and Faauiga, a freshman.

Second place finishes for the Lady Lancers were Carla Donis in the 100 meters at 13.71, Gabriella Maduri at 200 meters at 29.47, Bri Anna Samuel in the 400 meters with a time of 1:10.11, Jackson in the 110 hurdles at 19.75 and Pele Toele with a 30-11 mark in the shot put.

For the Cordova varsity boys, the 4x100 relay team of junior Tyreke Tate, Bryan Estrada, Elijah Morgera and Dante Pannell took first place with a time of 45.12. Members of the 4x400 of boys Andrew Roberts, Estrada, Morgera and Philip Cadena crossed the finish line at 3:51.62.

Tate won the triple jump at 39 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Roberts followed in top finishes for the Lancers, taking the 400 meters at 54.56.

“It has been a good year for these three hard-working young men,” said Jackson of the group of Lancer boys. “So far early in the season they are on track with their training and times.”

Second place finishes for the Lancers were Morgera, a senior, in the 100 meters at 11:53, plus the 200 meters at 23.52. Adam Holman took second in the 110 hurdles at 16.85 and the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.25.

Kijon Allen was a double winner for the Cordova frosh-soph boys squad in the 100 meters at 11.50 and the 200 at 24.37. In long distant races, David Franco won the 800 meters at 2:28.81 and the 1600 meter race at 5:15.02.

On Wednesday, Cordova continued SVC action with another meet at El Dorado.

That will be the Lancers’ final meet until Wednesday, April 19th, when they welcome Union Mine for an SVC meet at Lancers Stadium.

Cordova’s Blessings Norwood, shown here competing in the triple jump at the Lancer Invite last month, won two events in an SVC meet against Liberty Ranch last week. 
--Photo by Rick SloanCompeting in the varsity boys 4x400 relay team for Cordova is Andrew Roberts, front, and Bryan Estrada, shown here competing at the Lancer Invite last month. The duo and the Lancers’ 4x100 relay raced to first place finishes against Liberty Ranch in an SVC meet last week. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan