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Del Oro girls race to Division II crown

Track & Field
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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The Del Oro High girls track and field team fought off some familiar challengers to take home the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship Friday night at Bella Vista High School. Junior Brie Simmons scored big points in the hurdles and the Golden Eagles edged rival Roseville to win the 400-meter relay as they scored 66 points in the meet. Second-place Granite Bay scored 42 and the Tigers took third with 31. Simmons raced to first place in the 300 hurdles in 45.12 seconds and was second in the 100 hurdles at 15.46. In the 1600, senior Caitlin Devitt-Payne placed second with a time of 5:10.65. Devitt-Payne took third in the 800 (2:20.87). Casey Bell was fifth in the 400 (59.32) for the Eagles. Del Oro’s Karissa Willis (35-5) was fifth in the shot put. Noelle Latham scored valuable points for Del Oro, placing third in the high jump (5-1) and sixth in the triple jump (33-9.5). Mackenzie Landry (9-11) and Samantha Eilert (9-11) took sixth and seventh, respectively, in the pole vault. Placer’s Shelby Crider (10-5) took fifth in the pole vault. Bear River star Kendal Nielsen set a meet record in the triple jump, clearing 37-11 to win the event by more than three feet. In Wednesday’s long jump, Neilsen soared 17-9 to win the event. Nielsen also placed fourth in both the 100 (12,91) and 200 (26.03). The Del Oro boys will be sending several athletes on to next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet, including junior hurdler Casey Wheeler. He took first in both the 110 (14.81) and 300 (38.52) hurdles to lead the Eagles to a fourth place team finish. The Eagles’ 1600 relay squad continued to roll. Blake Covey, Kenny Andri, Kai VonAlvenslaben and Wheeler raced to a 3:18.57, winning the race by nearly four seconds. Placer senior Darren Centi will represent the Hillmen at Masters after clocking a personal-best 48.97 to place second in the 400. Andri (49.58) and Covey (50.3) also qualified for Masters in the 400. Del Oro senior Angelo Pasquale qualified for Masters in both the 100 (11.42) and the 200 (22.53). Placer sophomore James Hubbard just missed a trip to Masters in the discus, placing 10th with a toss of 131-6.5.