Pole vaulters from Granite Bay, Loomis win gold, silver at Junior Olympics

Roseville dominates The First Tee at Rancho Murieta
By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Travis Kartz of Granite Bay and Lance Huber of Loomis earned gold and silver medals in the youth boys pole vault at the recent USA Track and Field Junior Olympics at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Kartz, who will be a freshman at Granite Bay High School, cleared 12 feet, 5½ inches to win the gold medal. His previous personal record was 12-3.

Huber, an eighth-grader at Loomis Grammar School, vaulted a personal-record 11-11¾ to earn the silver. Chase Rodriques of Fresno earned bronze.

“I am happy with the close second outcome,” Huber said. “I was in it to win it, but to be sharing the podium next to Trav was so awesome.”

Kartz and Huber are trained by Curt Roth of Granite Bay, whose son Scott was a three-time high school state champion and most recently won three NCAA titles at the University of Washington. Scott Roth just missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team.

“It was a long haul and a lot of preparation, but you cannot be happier with the results,” Curt Roth said of Kartz and Huber.

Area golfers dominate at Rancho Murieta

Golfers from Roseville and Granite Bay claimed victories in four of five divisions at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour event Monday at Rancho Murieta.

Zach Will in boys 16-18, Jeffrey Inouye-Wong in boys 14-15, Drake Mendenhall in boys 12-13 and Neeve Chen in girls 12-14 topped their fields. Will and Connor Day of Roseville each shot 1-under-par 71, and Wong fired an even-par 72 for a one-stroke victory.

Mendenhall carded a 1-over 74 to score a four-stroke win, and Chen shot 13-over 86 to win by three.