Crider leaps past 36-year-old Placer triple-jump record

Del Oro’s Landry earns trip to state meet by placing second in girls pole vault
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Placer High junior Brett Crider progressed by leaps and bounds in the triple jump this spring, nearly landing at the state championships. Crider broke Placer’s 36-year-old school record when he leaped 46 feet, 2.5 inches Friday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Sacramento City College. Crider led his heat after the first round, and his big early mark set off an exciting competition in which he wound up fifth. The top three finishers earned spots at next weekend’s CIF State Championships in Clovis. “I came into the finals in first and I thought I might be going to state and then all of a sudden these guys just took off,” Crider said. “There were guys going 47 feet and all of a sudden I was in fifth. I realized what it takes.” Crider made incredible strides after picking up the triple jump at Placer’s second meet of the season. He performed well in the high jump and long jump too, but had a breakthrough in the triple jump and realized his potential in the unique event. “During a dual meet I jumped 41-10 and I realized I might be able to do some good things,” Crider said. “I jumped 44-0 at the PVL meet and I really knew I was getting good.” Over the past several weeks, Crider started doing strength training and a coaching session with coach Peter Niegmann helped him fine-tune for the Masters Meet. Crider broke Jim Hardey’s record leap of 45-11.25, set in 1973. Del Oro High sophomore Mackenzie Landry will be the lone local representative at the state meet. Landry cleared 12-3 to finish second in the pole vault. Granite Bay sophomore Katie Zingheim went 12-6 to win the section title. The Golden Eagles’ two girls relay teams ran well. Samantha Eggert, Kylie Skupic, Maureen Watkins and Kyndal Moss ran to the 4x100 in 49.97 to place sixth. In the 4x400, Eggert, Watkins, Jamie Schumacher and Kelsey Seaman placed seventh in 4:04.97. Individually, Eggert took sixth in the 400 with a time of 58.85. Placer’s boys 4x400 squad of Max Halvorsen, Nick Kenoyer, Louis Lazar and Asher Gotzmer clocked a season-best 3:24.89 to place seventh. Del Oro’s Kenny Andri, Matt Lozancich, Bryce Pratt and Robert Bezaire were ninth. Placer junior Lucas Stancliff completed the grueling 800-1600 combo with impressive results. He placed eighth in the 800 in 2:01.08 and took 12th in the 1600 with a 4:33.61. Teammate Clay Campbell was 23rd in 4:44.99. Del Oro sophomore Caitlin Devitt-Payne placed fifth in the 1600, clocking in at 5:16.18. Placer junior Shannon Harcus was ninth in 5:21.08. Bear River sophomore Breanne Mitchell was 19th in 5:33.44. In the boys 3200, Del Oro’s Tyler Spangler raced to 17th in 9:52.43 while Colfax’s Michael Morgan slid in under the 10-minute barrier at 9:59.44 to take 23rd. On the girls side, Mitchell was 19th for the Bruins in 12:00.51. Colfax junior Sara Howard placed 21st in 12:11.25. Golden Sierra junior Julianne Curtis took eighth in the 300 hurdles in 46.55 while Andrea Severson was ninth in 47.00. Del Oro senior Kezzia Tragesser tossed the discus 99-04 to place 15th.