Crider set PR mark as Placer dominates

Hillmen sweep both girls and boys in dual meet
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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The weather has certainly kept most athletes off the track but Placer High junior Shelby Crider certainly missed her time in the pit. Although she is the Hillmen’s leading girls pole vaulter, she was in a mental slump as she tried to increase her personal record of 11-3. On Monday, as she stood in the lane in preparation for an attempt at 11-6 she looked calm, focused and ready despite not hitting 11-0 in three attempts. She counted as she ran down the lane, stuck the pole and hoisted herself above and calmly over the pink bar, nearly as flawlessly as she did with her warm-up vault of 10-0. “It was just fun jumping because I’ve been in quite the mental dip vaulting so it was nice to be back,” said Crider, whose mark is the second-best in school history. “It was just a really nice fun day, nice to be back on the pit.” Monday’s dual meet against Colfax was basically an extended practice for Crider considering the Falcons didn’t field any girl vaulters. But it was a just a small sampling of how strong the Hillmen’s track and field team was. The Hillmen dominated with a 73-26 win on the girls’ side and 104-31 victory on the boys side. Even better for Placer coach Mark Chamberlin was that all of this came in the first meet after a week full of bad weather that set up a hectic week this week with three meets in five days. “I didn’t think we’d put it together this good on this day,” Chamberlin said. “But it’s looking great. I’m happy with both the girls and the guys.” Placer sophomore Meghan Tucker had another superior performance with wins in the 100 meter (12.75 seconds), 200 meter (27.19) and the long jump (16-4.5). Christina Winters was just as impressive with wins in the 800 meter (2 minutes, 32.70 seconds) and 1,600 (7:59.58), where she was the only competitor. Placer won all but two events on the girls’ side. In one of those, Maddie Ittner set the Colfax school record in the shot put with a throw of 36.85. On the boys’ side, Joe Mangino returned from a hamstring injury that had kept him out the last three weeks to power his way through the 400 meter with a time of 51.28, which was nearly three seconds faster than teammate Cameron Brown (54.21). Zach Steltzer ran away in the long-distance events with wins in the 1,600 (4:47.32) and 3,200 (10:59). James Hubbard easily won the discus with a throw of 149-3. Placer won all but three events on the boys’ side. The Hillmen travel Wednesday to Lincoln for another dual meet then split up Friday for the Del Oro Invite and Woody Wilson Invitational at UC Davis, where the top performers will head for a college-caliber meet. “People are getting healthy again and the weather’s warming up and the kids are getting better,” Chamberlin said. “It looks good.”