Placer varsity boys, girls cement their PVL titlesBy: Jeff Nicholson, Sports Editor
Placer’s varsity girls continue to distance themselves from their PVL competition.
The boys are looking at distance, too.
Adam Fragola swept the 800M and 1600M on Thursday at Lincoln in the final Pioneer Valley League finals, and Placer’s strong showing in the longer runs led it to a 145-111 victory over second-place Center, giving the Hillmen first place alone in the last year of the league.
Placer’s girls, meanwhile, with stalwarts up and down the roster, posted 187 points to lap the field. Second-place Lincoln tallied 121.
Fragola (2:03.19) edged Lincoln’s Preston Summerhays (2:04.89) and Hillman teammate Devin Muzzy (2:04.96) in a tight 800M race.
The 1600M was almost all Placer. The Hillmen swept the podium with Fragola (4:40.27), Jesus Guerra Reyes (4:43.09) and Muzzy (4:46.60) and took fifth (Jesus Carrasco, 4:47.87) and sixth (Mark Griffiths, 4:51.59).
Anthony Kerrigan had a strong PVL meet as well. The football star won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, six inches, took second in the 200M with a mark of 22.98 and just missed the podium in the 100M, finishing fourth in 11.68.
Kerrigan teamed with Brad Bishop, another football athlete, Cyrus O’Neal and Owen Tucker to take second in the 4x100 relay with a mark of 44.46, 0.2 seconds behind Lincoln.
O’Neal added a third-place finish in the 400M (52.91).
Guerra Reyes claimed second in the 3200M (9:46.04), about a half-second behind Bear River’s Camden Criesco in one of the closest finishes of the day.
Carrasco (10:11.76), Wesley Moore (10:13.70) and Joey Poggi (10:17.15) went four-five-six for Placer.
Capra made the podium in the shot put (43-10.75, third) and just missed it in the discus (128-04, fourth).
Tucker added a third-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-10.
The varsity girls put on an impressive display in closing out the PVL.
Start with Shade Sander, one of the best female throwers in the state, whose marks in the shot put (36-02.50) and discus (120-08) topped the field easily.
Sander had plenty of support, too, with Delaney Keddie taking third in the shot put (31-08.75) and second in the discus (109-08). Coleen Francis was fourth in the discus with a mark of 101-02.
Or start with Marin Chamberlin, who won three events.
The longer-distance star, who has been incorporating shorter distances into her repertoire, duplicated Fragola’s achievement in sweeping the 800M (2:20.68) and the 1600M (5:24.56).
She also cleared 11 feet in the pole vault, a full foot higher than second-place finisher and teammate Lara Condosta (10-0).
Stephanie Knoble cleared 5-01 to win the high jump, with Emily Wright (4-09) third and Hannah Robison and Michelle Chamberlin fifth and sixth at 4-07.
Victoria Rouffignac leaped 32-05.50 to win the triple jump, and Gwen Conlee cleared 31-05.50 to claim third.
Lara Condosta placed on four podiums, taking third in the 100M (12.64), second in the 4x100 relay (50.67, with Amb’b Banks, Michelle Chamberlin and Jill Worthington), second in the pole vault (10-0) and second in the long jump (15-11.50).
Placer swept the top four positions in the pole vault, with Grace Mantsch (9-06) third and Knoble (8-06) fourth.
The tightest team competition of the day was in frosh/soph boys, where Lincoln (124 points) upstaged Placer (112 points) to claim a share of the PVL title with the Hillmen.
Reed Hickman won the 800M (2:10.46) and Vance Byer took the 1600M (4:48.29) to lead the way for the Hillmen. Byer also took third in the 800M (2:12.40).
The two of them teamed with Casey Pena and Noah Cardelli in the 4x400 to claim second (3:47.73).
It was one of three second-place finishes in the meet for Cardelli, who was also on the podium in the 110M hurdles (17.53) and the 300M hurdles (45.48).
Next up for the qualifiers: the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV and V finals at Caesar Chavez High in Stockton on Tuesday and Thursday next week.