Updated April 13

Granite Bay's Sutter soars past stacked field

Impressive results at elite Arcadia Invitational
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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With only the best of the best gathered in Southern California Friday and Saturday for the by-invitation-only Arcadia Invitational track meet, those local athletes who were invited were sure to be tested. The structure at Arcadia involves athletes applying for the opportunity to be included in the elite field, needing a rather competitive minimum qualifying mark just to be considered, and then being selected based upon how that mark matches up with other applicants. The top qualifiers competed in the Saturday night invitational field, while the rest took part in the open competition earlier in the day, with some in field events invited to participate in Friday’s early rounds. Long jumper Justin Sutter of Granite Bay was more than up to the challenge, as he leaped past expectations to the championship with a leap of more than 24 feet. Sutter bested a number of heralded and favored competitors, including the state’s top-ranked jumpers, to win the invitational event at Arcadia. “Justin was the big winner last night,” said Granite Bay coach Jackie Nasca. He had a fantastic series of jumps. He improved with every attempt. It was very cool.” After hitting a personal best of 23 feet, 5 inches in qualifying, Sutter topped that by nearly a foot, unleashing a record-setting leap of 24 feet, 4 inches to tie the school record. The mark is the No.1 long jump recorded this year in the state, and ranks the senior second in the nation. “Needless to say, it was an amazing night for jumping,” said Carle Kehoe, Granite Bay’s jumping coach. Rocklin senior Rob Simmons added another outstanding performance to his list of accomplishments, clearing the bar at 15 feet, 7 inches in the invitational boys pole vault to finish in third place. His brother, Cale, was also part of the invitational pole vault competition, but he did not fare as well in this competition. Oakmont's Jazmin Harper was seventh in the girls invitational 400-mater race. The sophomore was a little off her best time of the year, which ranks as the 20th-best result in the state this year. Harper also ran in the open division 200-meter run, and raced to a strong 25.60 result, the 34th-fastest time in the state this year in that event. A pair of local pole-vaulters went head-to-head in the girls invitational pole vault competition, and both achieved season-best results in Saturday night’s battle. Both senior Kayla Kamaka of Woodcreek and sophomore Katie Zingheim of Granite Bay cleared the bar at 11 feet, 6 inches to finish eighth at Arcadia at a height that is the seventh-best by a California pole-vaulter this year. Grizzly sophomore Christine Zavesky set her personal record in the open division mile, a race that also included Woodcreek sophomore Stephanie Romo. Rocklin distance runner Sam O’Hair finished 24th in the open division 3,200-meter run, a solid result for the senior. Another sophomore, Roseville’s Stephanie Blumm, earned the right to compete in the open girls 300-meter hurdles, where she delivered a solid 47.67. Blumm and here teammates, freshman Shayna Powless and seniors Catherine Crisp and Hazel Richardson finished 14th in the open division distance medley relay. One of the outstanding performances of the open division competition was delivered by Granite Bay senior pole-vaulter Jordan Alviso, who elevated to 15 feet, 1 inch in winning that competition. That vault was enough to earn Alviso an invitation to come back for the invitational pole vault competition, but an injury prevented him from participating Saturday night. That height equaled the number posted by the invitational division’s fifth-place vaulter and ties Alviso with others as No. 5 on the current list of state bests for the season. Ferrin Peterson, an Oakmont junior, finished 13th in Friday’s early-round pole vault competition, an event which also included her Viking teammate, senior Jennifer Morrison. Granite Bay’s Amy Feulner set a personal record in the Friday girls discus with a toss of 121 feet, 2 inches that puts her within four feet of the school record.