The Hartnell College track & field coaching staff knew the 2018 season could be something special for the women's program after an early season defeat of conference and regiona perennial placer DeAnza College. With a solid blend of veteran sophomore experience and talented freshmen, the result as the highest team total in conference championship history since 2001. The women's team tallied an amazing 354 total points to easily outdistance DeAnza College with its 164 points. The Lady Panthers had thirteen event winners out of the twenty total events.
On Wednedsay, the Lady Panthers began the point total onslaught by taking the top seven spots in the 10,000 meter run lead by sophomore Jocelyn Cervantes. She was followed in order by Leslie Oseguera, Monica Ruelas, Maria Aceves, Lauryn Orozco, and Tanya Campos. Nina Arias picked up an additional point in eighth. Sophomore Haley Romero repeated as the long jump champion with her best lifetime series of jumps. She capped her victory with a leap of 6.93m to take the top spot in the state. Fellow soph Sherise Robinson was second in a lifetime best 5.18m. Tyshell Johnson-Hill picked up a fifth place with Idalys Romero in seventh in the hammer throw. Romero was the top placing Panther in the javelin in fifth with Robinson seventh and Leilani Russell eighth.
Saturday, the Lady Panthers put on show from the gun winning the 4x100 meter relay in 49.46, the sixth best mark in school history. Maria Aceves ran solo to the 3000 meter steeplechase victory in 12:11.43 to earn a spot in the state championship. Sophomore Olivia Jimenez won the 1500 meters in a lifetime best 5:03.61. Haley Romero added to her titles with the top spot in the 100 meter hurdles in the fifth fastest all-time mark of 15.08. Sherise Robinson was right behind in 15.51. Less than 15 minutes later, Robinson did nearly the impossible by winning the 400 meters in a lifetime best 57.07. The mark is the second fastest in school history. She would also win the 200 meters in 25.67. Leslie Oseguera won her first conference title in the 800 meters (2:27.74). Gerilynn Omictin crossed first in the 100 meters (13.16). Jocelyn Cervantes added a second title with the 5000 meters (19:33.29) with four more Lady Panthers following her across the line. The women's 4x4 relay finished the running events with the win in 4:14.91. Anesa Vanderlipe picked up second, third, and fifth in the triple jump, pole vault, and high jump. Tyshell Johnson-Hill was second in the shot put with teammate Idalys Romero eighth.
This was the eighth conference title since 2001 for the Lady Panthers and the fifth time since 2007 that both the men's and women's team both recorded victories. The Lady Panthers will send Jocelyn Cervantes, Lauryn Orozco, Maria, Aceves, Monica Ruelas, and Leslie Oseguera to the line of the 10,000 meter final on May 4 looking to add to the six points already accumulated by Sherise Robinson from the Norcal Heptathlon.