Track and field

Gomez, Qualls set new personal records at Bella Vista's Distance Carnival

By: Journal sports staff
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Four Hillmen posted lifetime person records at Bella Vista’s Distance Carnival Friday night while competing in high winds throughout most of the events.

At the varsity level, seniors Gama Gomez and Toby Qualls had good outings.

Despite being tripped up in the last 150 meters of an 800-meter race with one runner falling off the track, Gomez recovered to run a 2:03.85 and place sixth out of 48. His goal of two minutes flat was disrupted by the tripping but he plans to hit it next time, said Placer coach Katy Chamberlin.

Qualls raced to a 9:38.97 and got second out of 50 athletes in the 3,200.

In frosh-soph races, Jose Rodriguez clocked in at 2:08.74 to place third out of 43, and Moshe McCarter-Ribakoff took third as well in the 3,200 with a time of 10:16.54 in a field of 34 competitors.

“All four of these runners ran smart, hitting designated splits at the 200- and 400-meter marks to push towards personal goals,” Chamberlin said.

In the distance medley, which is a 1,200, 400, 800, 1,600 competition, the varsity boys took sixth out of 14 teams with Gomez, Garrett Jordan, Louis Rinn and Qualls racing for a combined time of 11:13. The frosh-soph boys, in the same medley format, took fourth out of 18 teams with Rodriguez, Anthony Wong, Donnie Williams and McCarter-Ribakoff clocking in at11:46.

“It was a fun venue for a night meet with rock ‘n’ roll music playing during the races,” Chamberlin said.

Next up for the Hillmen is a small but competitive group at the Stanford Invite on March 29-30.

The first Pioneer Valley League meet is at Foothill on April before Placer gears up for the  LeFebvre Relays on April 5.