Sprints Highlight Natomas High Prep Sports Action

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100-meter high hurdles winner Ashan Gaskins.  / Photo: M. Laver

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100-meter sprint winner Charlie Flournoy. / Photo: M. Laver

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400-meter winter Emmanuel Augustus. / Photo: M. Laver

BY TREVOR HORN
THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz

A strong sprint performance by the boys and girls track teams highlighted a full schedule of spring prep sports Wednesday for Natomas High School.

The Nighthawks hosted a track and field meet, boys tennis match and girl softball game.

The boys 4 x 100-meter relay team started things off with a 46.09 second time.

The relay of Charlie Flournoy, Ashan Gaskins, Daniel Guttierrez and Emmanuel Augustus won one of the early races in the Tri-County Conference dual meet against River Valley High School.

Natomas High coach Ryan Battle said he was pleasantly surprised with the time, adding the group just recently started practicing the event.

Flournoy, who also won the 100-meter individual race in 11.1 seconds, said he was nervous going into a head-to-head against River Valley sprinter Kyle Magenheimer.

“But I’m glad I did it,” Flournoy said. “I’ve got to do it and try to take us back to the top.”

Augustus won the boys 400-meter in 53 seconds and Gaskins took the 110-meter hurdles in 16.65 seconds.

On the girls’ side, Domonique Norton-Smith won the 200-meter in 28.6 seconds and the 400-meter in one minute, six seconds.

As the track meet winded down just before sunset, Natomas High softball went into extra innings against Galt High School in a final non-league game for the Lady Nighthawks.

Galt ended up with a five-run top of the ninth inning and beat Natomas High, 12-8.

The Lady Nighthawks (7-12, 0-3) tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Both teams scored a run in the eighth, before Galt exploded in the top of the ninth.

Jervoni Culp threw a complete game in the circle and led Natomas High with three hits. Marissa Herrera-Rosales went 2-5, including a leadoff triple in the bottom of the seventh and scored the tying run in the inning.

The Lady Nighthawks will play a TCC road game at Yuba City High School on Thursday, April 11.

“There is one thing about this team, they won’t give up,” Natomas softball coach John Sleuter said. “They are willing to get back in there.”

The Natomas High boys’ tennis team hosted a TCC match against league leader Pioneer High School.

The Nighthawks lost 9-0. No. 1 singles senior Chris Yee came close, but fell to Joseph Clark 6-4, 6-2.

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Alexandria Tinoco at bat. / Photo: M. Laver

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Jervoni Culp sprints to third base. / Photo: M. Laver

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Chris Yee slams one over the net. / Photo: M. Laver