Chasing Victory: Clovis High School Stars Shine at TRAC Championships

The Tri River Athletic Conference boys varsity 100 meter dash competitors vie for a championship title. Clovis North sprinter Tyree Sams would win the league title with a time of 10.57 seconds (photo by Armando Negrete, Instagram @etergen_sports).

May 7, 2024 – On a crisp spring afternoon in the Central Valley, the Tri River Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships unfolded, showcasing the abilities of high school athletes from across Clovis.

Against a backdrop of hardwork and tradition, these athletes epitomized the values of determination, responsibility, and respect as they vied for victory. As the sun cast its glow over the Koligan Stadium, spectators braced themselves for a day filled with excitement and admiration for the talents on display.

Representing major public high schools in Fresno County, California, the Tri River Athletic Conference (TRAC) holds a significant place within the Central Section of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).

Named after the three major rivers of the Central Valley—the Fresno, Kings, and San Joaquin Rivers—the TRAC Championship embodies not only athletic prowess but also the rich geographical and historical tapestry of the region.

Among the stars of the day were Samantha Ebell of Clovis North and Izzy Fielding of Clovis High, whose graceful effort painted a picture of resilience and prowess as they raced across the track, representing their schools with pride.

It was a record-setting day for one particular runner. Linkin Woolf of Clovis High etched his name into the annals of school history with his performance. In the Varsity 400-meter dash, Woolf blazed across the finish line with a record-setting 48.38 seconds, becoming League Champion in the event and breaking the old record that was set in 2002 by Ryan Kroll, igniting a wave of excitement among his teammates and supporters.

The energy surged as Milani Ward of Clovis East hurdled her way to victory in the 100-meter hurdles, claiming the esteemed title of the 2024 T.R.A.C. Champion with a breathtaking time of 14.90 seconds in the event. Her triumph was not just a personal victory but a testament to the hard work and dedication embodied by all of the high school athletes that represent Clovis.

In the field events, Brayden Bitter of Clovis North exhibited exceptional talent. Bitter showcased his unparalleled strength and precision in the shot put competition, securing the title of the 2024 T.R.A.C. shot put champion with a mighty toss of 62 feet, 3 inches.

Meanwhile, Buchanan High senior Andrew Magnuson’s participation in the 4×400-meter relay emphasized the collaborative nature of certain events, highlighting how the values of teamwork and mindfulness are reflected in every aspect of the competition.

The roar of the crowd reached its peak as the boys’ varsity 100-meter dash unfolded before their eyes. Amidst a flurry of speed and anticipation, Tyree “Reekus” Sams of Clovis North emerged victorious, seizing the league title with a lightning-fast time of 10.57 seconds. Sams, with an offer to play football for Nevada State University, hopes to make his community proud as he prepares for his collegiate athletic career to begin in the fall.

In the aftermath of a day filled with triumphs, records being broken, and dreams realized, one thing became abundantly clear: the essence of the Tri River Athletic Conference Championships transcended mere competition. It was a celebration of athleticism, perseverance, and the unyielding spirit of the Clovis community that bound athletes, coaches, and spectators alike in a shared pursuit of excellence.