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Mueller wins high jump; Vaqueros are third in SBCC Easter Open

Sophomore Yuliana Garibay leaps over the water on her way to a second-place finish in the 3000 steeplechase.
Sophomore Yuliana Garibay leaps over the water on her way to a second-place finish in the 3000 steeplechase.

Andrea Mueller posted a first, third and fourth on Friday, leading the SBCC women's track & field team to third place in the SBCC Easter Open at La Playa Stadium.

Mueller, who recently finished fifth in the Southern Cal Heptathlon Championships, equaled her season best of 1.55 meters (5-1) to win the high jump. She took third in the long jump (5.28m; 17-4) with the 7th-best leap in school history. She was fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.56).

The nine-team field featured a couple of four-year schools, including Westmont which won the team title with 179 points. Cerritos was second at 151.5, followed by SBCC (72), Hartnell (58) and Ventura (56).

The Vaqueros claimed three second-place finishes. Carolin Bothe was second in the 800 in a lifetime best of 2:22.00, losing by just 16-hundredths to Westmont's Hope Geisinger. Tiffany Costello was second in the 1500 (4:50.31) and sixth in the 800 in a career-best 2:29.47. Yuliana Garibay was second in the 3000 steeplechase in 12:36.89.

The Vaqueros also recorded four third-place efforts. Madison Blaes ws third in the triple jump (9.09m; 29-10). Alana Ochoa was busy as usual, taking third in the shot put (11.55m) and javelin (30.74m; 100-10), fourth in the discus (40.21m; 131-11) and eighth in the hammer (36.52m). She moved from No. 9 to No. 4 on SBCC's all-time shot-put list.

The Vaqueros will compete in the WSC Prelims on Friday at Bakersfield, starting at noon. Most events are prelims, however, conference finals will be on the line in the shot put, discus, long jump, high jump and 10,000 on April 21.