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Oakmont boys place second at Division II track and field meet

Garcia wins 3,200; boys winners include Oakmont's Puglisi in 800, Granite Bay high jumper Graber
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Oakmont High School runners Edixon Puglisi and Karlie Garcia captured the 800- and 3,200-meter runs, and Granite Bay freshman Brian Graber high jumped 6 feet, 3 inches, giving local schools three event winners at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II track and field championships Friday at Bella Vista.

Puglisi, who recently signed a national letter of intent with UC Santa Barbara, was timed in 1 minute, 55.4 seconds in the 800. He also was third in the 1,600 at 4:22.2.

Oakmont’s boys placed second with 49 points, one behind champion Del Oro. Granite Bay was fifth with 36 points out of 32 schools that scored.

Coach Ryan Nugent said Oakmont was thinking only about qualifying athletes for the section Masters meet this week when someone noticed the Vikings had a 19-point lead over Del Oro with two events remaining.

The Golden Eagles needed to win both events to overtake Oakmont and did, making a late kick in each. The Vikings had no entrants in either event.

“We couldn’t do anything but watch the section title slip out of our hands, shake our heads and go home,” Nugent said. “It’s still good to be in the neighborhood to be talking about a section title.”

Puglisi and Montana Weekes each earned 16 points for Oakmont. Weekes was runner-up in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

His times of 14.86 seconds and 39.4 were “both big-time PRs,” Nugent said. “This is what we’ve been hoping and waiting for. It shows how much Montana has improved.”

Granite Bay’s Kevin Staniszewski finished third in the 110 hurdles (14.97) and 300 hurdles (39.77), and teammate Trent Brendel was third in the 3,200 (9:38.18) and fifth in the 1,600 (4:23.26).

Also, Woodcreek’s Jon Horvath placed second in the 800 (1:56.93), Daniel Lehner of Oakmont took third in the discus (147-2), and Dalton McBride of Woodcreek pole vaulted 13-8 to finish third.

Del Oro also won the girls championship with 79.5 points to Rocklin’s 54. Woodcreek was fifth with 35 points and Oakmont sixth with 30. Garcia’s victory and two top-three efforts by Marisa Carino propelled the Vikings.

Garcia, a junior, captured the 3,200 in 11:01.5, well ahead of runner-up Karina Nunes of Woodcreek at 11:23.27. Carino placed second in the 1,600 (5:08.24) and third in the 800 (2:19.76). Her 1,600 was the second-fastest in Oakmont history.

Woodcreek’s Destiny Standifer was the runner-up in the triple jump (36-5½), and teammate Sami Gomez took third in the 1,600 (5:09.76).

Annelise Spargo of Granite Bay was second in the pole vault (10-9).

SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

When/Where: 3 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday at Elk Grove High School.