Sunday, June 07, 2015

Locals Shut Out at State Track Meet

For as positive the outcome was for local tracksters over a week ago at the Sac-Joaquin Section's Masters Track and Field Meet, the CIF State Championships this weekend in Clovis was, well, a big negative.

None of the Elk Grove-area athletes qualified for the final round at State, dominated once again by track and field stars from the Los Angeles and Southern Sections.

Pleasant Grove's girls 4x100 meter relay time did finish fourth in their Friday preliminary race and had a good time (48.17 seconds) but it was too slow to qualify for Saturday's finals. Cosumnes Oaks placed fifth in its heat. Pleasant Grove was the winner of this event at the Section Masters.

Sheldon's boys 4x100 meter relay squad, who placed first at the Section Masters, was fourth in its heat Friday and didn't make it to Saturday.

Natsumi McGee of Cosumnes Oaks and Rae'vyn Lawler of Pleasant Grove each ran the 100 meters in 12.22 and 12.23 seconds, respectively, but too slow for the finals in that event. In the 200 meters Lawler was eighth in her preliminary heat, while McGee placed sixth in her heat.
Cosumnes Oaks' sprinter Natsumi McGee

Franklin's girls 4x400 meters relay team was fourth in their preliminary heat, as was Cosumnes Oaks', but neither squads' time was fast enough for Saturday's finals.

Mishaye Venerable of Cosumnes Oaks placed 19th in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 11.75 inches. Amber Cook of Monterey Trail was 23rd in the triple jump.

Franklin's Phillip Fayne placed 12th in the high jump. His best leap was six feet, six inches.

There were a few Sacramento-area athletes that did make the finals on Saturday at Buchanan High School, site of the State Meet.

In the boys' pole vault Austin Laut was first with a vault of 15 feet, nine inches.

It was thought that Fiona O'Keefe of Davis who was very impressive in the 3200 meters at the Section Masters, setting a new meet record at 10:00.85, would be a favorite for a gold medal at that distance. She was good Saturday, but not good enough.

Destiny Collins from Great Oak almost set a state record by running the 3200 meters in 9:53.79, just one second off the mark. O'Keefe was second with a time of 10:01.14.

O'Keefe, a junior,  is a two-time state cross country champion.

Jurnee Woodward of Vacaville, who blew away all competition at the Section Masters, was second in the 300 meter hurdles (41.17 seconds) at State and then was eighth in the girls' 100 meter hurdles.

Tre'shon Woods of Roseville placed third in the boys' 300 meter hurdles with a time of 37.46 seconds.

Calaveras' Hannah Hull was ninth in the girls' 1600 meter run. She was about 13 seconds behind the winner.

Ross Walker from Del Campo was seventh in the boys' 1600 meter run.

Myles Ellis from Antelope was sixth in the boys 400 meters.

Fifth in the boys' 800 meters was Arturo Sotomayor from Roseville.

In the field events, Grant High School's huge offensive tackle Darrin Paulo, who has made a name for himself in both shot put and discus, did quite well in the shot. He was fifth with a heave of just over 59 feet, but 12 feet behind the first place heave.

Brandi French from Vacaville was fifth in the girls' shot put.

Vista Murrieta won the team championship at the State Meet with St. John Bosco and Chaminade tied for second. Carson was fourth.

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