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Inaugural Roseville District Cup brings together all five local high school track teams

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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This is Ryan Nugent’s brainchild from last year — a track and field meet for all five high schools in the Roseville Joint Unified School District.

Scheduling conflicts prevented the meet from kicking off in 2011, but it becomes a reality Friday, when Oakmont acts as host for the first Roseville District Cup.

“I didn’t want to hold it until all five schools in the district were able to compete, so this year it’s going to happen,” Nugent said Monday. “I’m hoping it becomes a fun thing that we can keep around for a while. It’s bragging rights for individuals as well as a team. You have a chance to take home a title of being a district champion, and it’s something for elite athletes to put on their résumés to hopefully get some interest from the next level.”

That would include Oakmont junior Karlie Garcia in the 3,200 meters and senior Edixon Puglisi, whose 1:55 time slip in the 800 at the Meet of Champions last weekend was logged as the third-fastest time in the Sac-Joaquin Section this year.

Nugent attended high school in Southern California. He fondly recalled a Ventura County championship meet each spring.

“It’s a good chance to fine-tune our top athletes and get them ready for league without having to travel, and there are no worries on who does or doesn’t qualify,” Nugent said.

Each school can enter five athletes per event in the varsity-only meet. There is no frosh-soph division, but there will be JV athletes entered in varsity races.

Granite Bay coach Jackie Nasca sees the Roseville District Cup as an opportunity for varsity athletes who have yet to achieve marks and JV athletes who need the experience.

“This opens the door for them,” said Nasca, who plans to run a JV quartet in the boys mile relay. “This could be a really good meet, especially for the first one. There are only five schools, so things should run really smooth.”

Nugent would like to see each middle school in the district compete, and Stars of the Future 1,600 races for girls and boys will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 4:40.
The competition is free for the middle schools, he said.

The varsity champion will be presented with what Nugent said is “a big trophy” it will possess until next year’s meet, and each champ will have its school name engraved on the trophy.

ROSEVILLE DISTRICT CUP

When: Friday at Oakmont High School, field events at 4 p.m., running events at 5.

Schools participating: All five high schools in the Roseville Joint Unified School District — Antelope, Granite Bay, Oakmont, Roseville and Woodcreek.

Athletes to watch for: Distance runner Karlie Garcia of Oakmont, discus thrower Jami Duarte of Granite Bay, sprinters Casey Lambert of Roseville, Mitchell Layton of Woodcreek and Robert Ellis of Antelope.