List of local qualifiers grows for State Meet

Oakmont girls win 4x400 relay; two more from Granite Bay are headed to Clovis
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Granite Bay High School continued its run of excellence, and Oakmont won the girls 4x400-meter relay at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championship on Friday at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.

Oakmont freshmen Tiyana Dorsey and Marisa Carino, sophomore Katie Carte and Stanford-bound senior Jazmin Harper registered a winning time of 3 minutes, 59.26 seconds to head the list of local qualifiers for the State Meet on Friday and Saturday in Clovis.

Granite Bay added two more qualifiers, as Brooke Holt placed second in the girls 3,200 with a time of 11:00.97, and Christine Zavesky took third in the 800 in 2:16:2.

“I wanted to make a move at 300 meters,” Zavesky said. “Just see what happens. Just run with heart, and let it be what it is.”

This came a day after Granite Bay won three of six field events. Kevin Nielsen won the high jump, Katie Zingheim the pole vault and James Kinloch the discus.
Nielsen and Kinloch brought more to the table Friday, as Nielsen placed sixth in the 110 high hurdles and helped Granite Bay finish seventh in the 4x400 relay. Kinloch placed ninth in the shot put.

“We don’t have a lot of depth on our team, but we have a lot of standouts,” Zavesky said. “It was really tough to win dual meets, but we’re a team that has a lot of standout seniors. So next year is going to be tough for our team, but we’re doing well now.”

The Grizzlies just missed another state qualifier when John Park placed fourth in the triple jump with a flight of 45-9½. Trent Brendel was 12th in the 1,600 with a time of 4:29:15. Granite Bay also can look forward to freshman Katie Mersereau, who placed 10th in the 3,200 with a time of 11:36:76.

Woodcreek was led by Hannah Hardy, who qualified for state in the long jump on Thursday and then placed fifth in the triple jump Friday.

“The competition is what has worked for me,” Hardy said. “Most of the time, I don’t have as much competition, so I don’t try as hard. But then, this competition right here, when everybody comes together, that really pumps me up.”

Woodcreek’s Dalton McBride finished eighth in the pole vault by clearing a height of 13-8. Destiny Standifer was 12th in the triple jump at 35-2. Hunter Tyler finished 11th in the 1,600, and sophomore teammate Jon Horvath finished 22nd. Christian Hatchett placed eighth in the 400 with a time of 49.96.

For Oakmont, Edixon Puglisi finished fifth in the 800 in 1:59.32, Lishen Lu took 13th in the pole vault at 12-8, Zach Sidhu placed 19th in the shot put at 45-7, and Carino was 13th in the 1,600.

Kinloch and Zingheim were looking forward to the State Meet.

“I just want to stay relaxed and not worry too much if a throw goes bad,” Kinloch said. “That’s what I learned about (Thursday). I just want to shoot for the stars. It’s my last year, so I’ve got to go for it.”

Added Zingheim, “The biggest thing that I’ve been working on is keeping my confidence as I get to the higher heights, because I’ll get nervous at a high bar. The bar gets up to a personal record, and I kind of freak myself out, so it’s about keeping the same mind-set through the whole competition.”