Woodcreek's underclassmen stand out at SFL finals
ROCKLIN — Roseville-area athletes were all over the standings at the Sierra Foothill League track and field finals Friday at Rocklin High School.
Granite Bay, Woodcreek and Roseville finished 3-4-5 in the men’s team standings. In the girls competition, Woodcreek placed third with Granite Bay fifth and Roseville sixth. Del Oro won the boys and girls championships.
Woodcreek was led by sophomore speed demon Mitchell Layton, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes — in 11.08 and 22.37 seconds — and anchored the Timberwolves’ 4x100 relay team to a winning time of 43.65.
“I was just thinking that it was finals day and the day that I had to get everything done,” Layton said. “I wanted to have my best runs of the year and get it all done.”
Led by Layton, Woodcreek attacked with several underclassmen. Freshman Leonard Nelson IV won the triple jump in a personal-best 43 feet, 10 inches.
“I wanted to just PR, get farther and win,” Nelson said. “I just wanted to try my best, not get nervous and not let the other people intimidate me.”
Woodcreek sophomore Ashley Kittle won the 400 in a blistering 58.45. She also won the 800 (2:20.75).
“I definitely conditioned more. I drank lots of water and hydrated really well and ate a lot more food,” Kittle said. “I just went out hard, and I knew which part of my race was weak and I did my best to make it strong.”
Destiny Standifer won the long jump (17-4) and triple jump (35-7½). Karina Nunes took the 3,200 (11:27.9), and Jon Horvath claimed the 800 (1:56.65).
Brian Graber was the lone winner for Granite Bay, high jumping 6-3. Sprinter Colin Brown played second fiddle to Layton, taking silver in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay. Trent Brendel was second in the 1,600, and Kevin Staniszewski placed second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 110 hurdles.
Other second-place finishers for the Grizzlies were Katie Mersereau in the 3,200, Annelise Spargo in the pole vault and Jami Duarte in the discus. Lauren Kinloch of Granite Bay was third in the discus.
Roseville had a strong showing in the men’s throwing events. Landon Peik and Grant Jansen were second and third in the shot put. Jansen also was third in the discus.
The Tigers placed third in the women’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
CVC finals — Oakmont, unbeaten in CVC dual and center meets, outpointed host Bella Vista 152-125 to claim the boys varsity championship at the finals.
The Vikings placed second to Bella Vista 197-148 in the girls meet.
Montana Weekes was a triple winner for Oakmont. He hit the tape first in the 110 hurdles (15.41), won the 4x100 relay (43.65) with Aman Jagait, Derrick Booth and Alon Price, and led a 1-2-3 finish with Booth and Austin Moore in the 300 hurdles in a winning 39.66.
Edixon Puglisi doubled for the Vikings in the 800 (2:01.48) and 1,600 (4:23.07). Other Oakmont winners were Brent Adams in the pole vault (13-0) and Daniel Lehner in the discus (148-8).
Sophomore Marisa Carino doubled for the Oakmont girls, winning the 800 (2:19.69) and edging teammate Karlie Garcia in the 1,600 with a 5:13.06 to Garcia’s 5:14.
Garcia rolled to victory in the 3,200 (11:04.35). Other winners for the Vikings were Leah Selby in the pole vault (9-9), Katie Carte in the triple jump (34-10½), Kendra Barnhard in the shot put (33-2) and Amanda Youngblood in the discus (105-3). Barnhard and Youngblood are sophomores.
Staff reports contributed to this report.
SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION DIVISIONS II-III MEET
When: 3 p.m. Wednesday (trials) and 3 p.m. Friday (finals)
Where: Bella Vista High School