Fierce competition at track and field Masters meet
The area’s best track and field athletes put their talents on display at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento Thursday and Friday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet.
The top three finishers in each event, along with any additional athletes who beat an aggressive automatic qualification standard earned spots at next week’s state track finals in Clovis.
While the runners ran preliminary trial rounds Thursday, a number of field event finals were contested, including the highly anticipated girls pole vault. That event featured the best of the Sierra Foothill League, where five vaulters have been among the best in the region all season long.
Del Oro junior MacKenzie Landry won the Masters title on a rainy Thursday, clearing 11 feet, 9 inches. Granite Bay junior Katie Zingheim took second at 11 feet, and another Del Oro 11th-grader, Vicki Warner, earned the third spot with a vault of 10-09. Oakmont senior Ferrin Peterson also cleared 10-09, but ended up fourth due to the number of attempts required.
Roseville junior Ariel Maroon finished sixth in the girls pole vault final.
Two local junior triple jumpers came up just short in their pursuit of the state meet as Roseville’s Chelsee Elliott finished fifth (36-07.50) and Woodcreek’s Hannah Hardy captured seventh (36-03.50).
That same duo was back in sunny conditions Friday to compete in the girls long jump. Hardy had better success in that event, as she took third place with a leap of 17 feet, 9 inches to earn a trip to Clovis. Elliott’s best jump was 17 feet, which was good enough for eighth position.
The Roseville junior’s task Friday was made more difficult because she had to take a break from jumping to compete in the girls 4 x 100 relay. Elliott along with teammates Stephanie Blumm, Kellyn Morning and Kirsten Merlino finished fifth in the relay with a time of 49.14.
The Tigers’ SFL rival from Del Oro finished third in the event to earn a spot at the state meet. Landry earned a second event at state as part of that team, running along with Ciara Clement, Brie Simmons and Brianna Ruiz.
Blumm, a Roseville junior, came up just a bit short in the 4 x 100, but she will still be making a trip to the Fresno area next week as the third-place finished in the girls 300-meter hurdles. Here 44.78 time in that event put her comfortably behind a pair of Fairfield runners.
In another Thursday field event final, Granite Bay junior John Park took ninth in the boys triple jump.
After qualifying among the top nine in their event preliminaries Thursday, Friday was a tough night for local seniors who were missing their high school graduation ceremonies to chase a place in the state meet.
Woodcreek’s Jordan Hardy finished eighth in the girls 100-meter hurdles final and her Timberwolf teammate, Adam Richards, was seventh in the boys 100-meter dash. Roseville’s Jordan Magnusson finished seventh in a strong 200-meter field with a time of 22.69. That event was won by Grant’s Shaq Thompson in 22.05.
Oakmont’s Kristine Lozoya and Woodcreek’s Courtney Crosta both ran with the lead pack for most of the girls 3,200, but both fell off the pace late. Lozoya finished fifth and Crosta sixth.
Granite Bay junior Brooke Holt qualified for state for the second straight year in the 3,200 with an 11:00.07 time that left her in third position. Holt ran just behind the race leaders for the first half of the race, and then took the lead position for the final 1,600, but she was just overtaken by two runners down the home stretch and nipped at the tape.
Christine Zavesky, another Granite Bay junior, carried the lead for much of the 1,600, as she captured second place and a trip to the state finals in that event. Zavesky had also qualified for the final in the 800, but elected not to run in that event Friday night.
Roseville sophomore Shayna Powless was also part of the 1,600-meter field, finishing in 16th position.
Oakmont junior Jazmin Harper is headed to Clovis for the third straight year in the 400 meters. She lost by .16 seconds to Cierra Jordan of St. Mary’s, the same runner who edged her out at the Masters one year ago. Nia Dorner, the Rosemont freshman who beat Harper at the Division II finals, could not duplicate the feat, but she did take the third spot at state.
Harper ran the 400 in 55.57 seconds, and then returned to race in the 200-meter final. Her 25.50 in that event was good enough for fifth, but left her short of qualifying for multiple events at the state meet.
Woodcreek sophomore Jacque Harvel was sixth in the girls 400.
The other local state qualifier came in Friday’s field event finals, where Granite Bay junior James Kinloch tossed the discus 171 feet, 4 inches to finish third. Kinloch will be headed to the state finals in that event for the second year.
A number of Rocklin athletes finished just outside the top three Friday. The 4 x 100 relay team made up of seniors Garth Keffer and Zach Helfand, and juniors Michael Bullard and Walter Finney missed the at-large qualifying time by .42 seconds and finished fourth in 42.43.
Thunder distance runner Steven White was the leader of the second wave in the boys 3,200, but that left him in fourth place at 9:19.68 after another strong performance.
Oakmont sophomore Edixon Puglisi made a strong statement as a young runner, taking seventh in the 1,600. Rocklin’s Colin Bruice was 14th in that event.
Granite Bay senior Spencer Thibideau crossed eighth in the boys 800 final and his Grizzly teammate Kevin Nielsen was eighth in the boys 400.
In other Friday field event results, Rocklin junior Tiffany Wong finished seventh in the girls shot put, Oakmont freshman Brie Shea was 12th in the girls high jump and Roseville senior Josh Pulver took 15th in the boys pole vault.
For those athletes who did advance to the state finals, they will be contested Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
State meet qualifiers:
Katie Zingheim, junior, second in pole vault
Christine Zavesky, junior, second in girls 1,600
Brooke Holt, junior, third in girls 3,200
James Kinloch, junior, third in boys discus
Jazmin Harper, junior, second in girls 400
Stephanie Blumm, junior, third in girls 300 hurdles
Hannah Hardy, junior, third in girls long jump