BEAUMONT The Silver Valley track & field teams took part in the Beaumont Cougar Classic at Beaumont High School on Saturday.


The meet consisted of a total of 16 schools with two divisions: varsity, and freshman/sophomore. The highest-placing Trojans team was the freshman/sophomore boys, who were 11th with 23 points. Palm Springs was first at 115 points.


Both varsity teams placed 16th. Beaumont won the boys varsity with 109 points, while the Corona girls won varsity at 100.14. Temecula Valley's 166.66 points won it for the freshman/sophomore girls.


The Trojans did have one first-place finish, as Jeshua Sherman took the top spot in the frosh/soph boys 100m run with a time of 11.97. He beat out Palm Springs' Alan Torres, who finished in 12.06. Silver Valley has a young team this year, and athletes like Sherman will dictate the squad's future, according to head coach Anthony Plummer.


"This season started off really well and the young track members have embraced the idea of The Silver Valley Express," he said. "With a young newcomer in Jeshua Sherman - whom the team causally nicked-named the 'Shermanator' - he has brought competition in practice to an all-time high."


The next highest finish for the Trojans was in the frosh/soph 400m, where Nicholas Yanez was third at 54.64. Yanez also did well in the 200m, finishing fourth at 24.88. In the 3200m frosh/soph, Greygorio Flores III was seventh at 11:30.68, while Dante Fields was ninth in shot put at 35-02.


There were several nice performances by Lady Trojans. Alyna Higdon placed seventh in the varsity 3200m at 14:22.36, and was also 15th in the 1600m (6:26.58), and the high jump (4-04). Serina Lill was eighth in frosh/soph long jump at 13-02, and Tamir Leonard was ninth in varsity shot put with a throw of 27-04.


The turnout for the girls team was lower than usual this year, but has some talented members.


"Leonard is on pace to set school records, in both the shot put and discus," said coach Plummer.


The Trojans will next take part in this Saturday's High Desert Invitational along with 10 other schools, including the Desert Sky League's Barstow and Granite Hills. The meet starts at 8:30 a.m. at Oak Hills High School in Hesperia.