Hillgals edge Center in league opener

Prep Track & Field
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High track and field teams waged a couple of epic battles with Center Wednesday to open Pioneer Valley League play, with the girls emerging victorious and the Placer boys coming up just short. The Hillgals edged Center 70-66. Sophomore Meghan Tucker won the 100 meters, anchored the 4x100 relay, won the long jump and was second in the 200. Junior Kerry McCullough won the triple jump, was in the top three in the high jump and contributed to both relays. Becky Matthews was a winner in the 110 hurdles and was top three in the high jump while Becky Feis won the discus. Christina Winters won the 800 and Danielle Fitts won the shot put for Placer. Joining Tucker and McCullough on the winning 4x100 team were Dylan Page and Halle Ralls. The Placer boys rallied from a 67-55 deficit with a sweep in the 3200 by Gama Gomez, Felix Oliveros and Moshe McCarter-Ribakoff, but Center pulled out a victory in the 4x400 relay to win the meet 72-64. Gomez also won the 1,600 and ran the 4x400 relay. Viktor Dorofeyev won the 800 and was a part of the 4x400 relay. Lance Burton won the shot put and was second in the discus. Joe Mangino won the 400 despite pulling a hamstring. He was unable to compete in the final relay for the Hillmen. Placer will be back in action on Friday at the Cougar Relays at El Dorado. Del Oro sweeps Rocklin The Del Oro High track team rode into Rocklin on Wednesday and did something that hadn’t been done in five years: Beat the Thunder in a dual meet. The Eagles’ boys team used the last two events to break a tie and grab a 71-56 upset win over the defending Sierra Foothill League champs. The two teams were tied at 59 but the Eagles got a strong finish behind Sam Baker, Trevor Stephens. Baker won the mile and finished second in the two mile, while Stephens on the two mile and finished behind Baker in the mile. The 4X400 relay team, which consists of Casey Wheeler, Blake Covey, Austin Smith and Jonathan Tuttle, ran a season-high 3:28 to win the event. Smith also placed second in the long jump and third in the 400. James Corbitt finished second in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. On the girls’ side, the Eagles won 86-41with a strong performance from Brie Simmons and Amy Heyn. Simmons won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, while Heyn won the mile and 800. The two, along with Sydney Proiette and Dominique Tristant combined to win the 4X400 relay by almost a full two seconds, exact times weren’t immediately available. Sophomore Lauren Heyn won both the discus and shotput events and Emily Nash finished second in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Additionally, both junior varsity teams won their meets to give Del Oro its first sweep of Rocklin in 11 years, said Del Oro coach Dustin Fee.