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Hubbard breaks 34-year-old Placer discus record

Hillmen beat Zebras in PVL action
By: Special to the Journal
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James Hubbard launched a 165-foot, 6.5-inch discus toss, beating his previous mark of 161-3 and breaking a school record of 162-2 set in 1979.

“His power , speed and dedication to improve has paid off with something more important than a win,” said coach Mark Chamberlin. “He is now a record holder in a school rich with 111 years of  track tradition.” 

Though Placer’s varsity boys had a big win beating Lincoln 91-44 and remaining undefeated in the PVL, Hubbard’s success was the highlight of the day.

Senior  Nathan Swisley also showed great improvement in discus and set a personal record by 7 feet, throwing 146- 4 to take second.  Both Hubbard and Swisley will be competing on Saturday at the Sacramento Meet of Champions in the discus at American River College. 

Zach Stelzer had a personal best in the 1,600 with a time of 4:40.9 and won the event uncontested. 

“The fact he did this completely alone with the next athlete 10 seconds back,  proves  Zach’s ability to hit splits and persevere,” Chamberlin said. “As we say ‘the PR (personal record) is more important than the win’ and  Zach’s success is the PR.”  

Nick Kennedy set a personal record and won the open 400 in 52.87 and was pushed by second-place finisher Gama Gomez (52.89), who also recorded a personal best.

The varsity girls showed no mercy on the Zebras, winning 112-22. 

The standouts were Meghan Tucker, who won the 100, 200, long jump and anchored the first-place 4-by-100, and Kerry McCullough, who won the 400, triple jump, high jump and anchored the 4-by-4. Both tallied 20 points each.

Shelby Crider added 13 points with personal records and wins in the shot put (27- 10.5), discus (104-3.5) and placed second in long jump. 

Tucker will be competing in the Meet of Champions in both the 100 and long jump, and she will be cheering on Placer’s Lea Fong in pole vault and the  4-by-4 girls team of Dylan Page, Makayla Ratcliff, Macaylea Mitchell and McCullough as they shoot for recording a personal record against some of the best in the area and across the state at the meet on Saturday.

The frosh-soph boys recorded a 84-28 wipe out, proving they can succeed even though a group of ninth- and 10th-graders have been competing on varsity.  Freshman Jesse Shaddox revealed his athleticism by winning three events in the 100 (11.84), 200 (24.88) and long jump (17-4). 

“Jesse joined the team a little late and then had a slight injury that sidelined him for awhile, but today he proved he has talent and with more time and years, he will be a serious contender on the varsity level,” said coach Katy Chamberlin. 

The same can be said for freshman Derek Haney, who won the high jump at 5-2 and was nipping Shaddox’s heels, placing second in both the 100 and 200. 

Both Riley Bushong and Anthony Wong continued their success in the mile and two mile alternating  first and second places in the two events.

Wong won the 1,600 in 5:04.89 and Bushong won the 3,200 in 11:34.77, while sophomore Jose Rodriguez, competing on varsity, won the 3,200 in 11:01.9.