Woodcreek's youth movement not quite enough to stop Del Oro in SFL track finale

Sophomore Layton wins four events, but Timberwolves fall in battle of unbeatens
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The future looks bright for the track and field program at Woodcreek High School. The present belongs to Del Oro.

The Timberwolves lost to the Golden Eagles 71-62 in a Sierra Foothill League dual meet Wednesday at Woodcreek. Del Oro went 5-0 in SFL dual meets, Woodcreek 4-1. Del Oro’s girls also finished 5-0 after beating Woodcreek (3-2).

“We knew it was going to be really close going in,” Woodcreek first-year track and field coach Marco Hanan said. “We were going to have to have our best day, and we almost did. We had a good day.”

The Timberwolves received several points from underclassmen, led by sophomore Mitchell Layton. The top running back for the football team last fall, Layton won four events — the 100 and 200 sprints, the long jump and the 4x100 relay.

“He’s just a big, strong, powerful kid who works hard and wants to get better,” Hanan said. “He’s close to 190 (pounds), and he’s running those times. He has a lot of natural talent, but that’s coupled with a lot of hard work, so he’s a pretty special kid.”

Layton came from behind to give Woodcreek a victory in the 4x100 relay with a time of 44.1 seconds. He followed sophomores Dylan Stacy and Colton George and senior Dalton McBride.

George has the SFL’s top long jump this season at 21 feet, and freshman Lenny Nelson is the SFL’s top triple jumper at 42-8½.

“For a freshman, he’s pretty special,” Hanan said. “That’s a good young bunch of kids we have.”

Woodcreek senior Michael Mathews placed second in both hurdles races to Del Oro star Casey Wheeler.

For the girls, Woodcreek’s Destiny Standifer doubled in the long jump and triple jump.