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Landry wins pole vault, helps 4x100 team qualify for state meet

Track & Field
By: Journal Sports Staff
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MacKenzie Landry won the pole vault Friday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet to advance to the CIF State Championships. The Del Oro High junior vaulted 11 feet, 9 inches to claim the top spot by nine inches at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium. Landry was also a part of the Golden Eagles’ girls 4x100-meter relay team that placed third in Friday’s finals to become only the second relay team in Del Oro track history to qualify for the state meet. Junior Ciara Clement, sophomore Brie Simmons and freshman Brianna Ruiz clocked 48.88 seconds to claim the final state berth in the event. Del Oro junior Noelle Latham and senior Jessica Mixon both cleared 5 feet, 3 inches in the girls high jump to take two of the top 5 spots. Latham placed third and qualified for state. Several area athletes narrowly missed one of the three state berths available in each event. Del Oro junior Caitlin Devitt-Payne ran a 5:07.39 to place fourth in the girls mile. Bear River junior Breanne Mitchell finished eighth in the event. In the girls 300 hurdles, sophomore Brie Simmons (fourth, 46.31) and junior Desiree Bacchi (sixth, 46.72), both of the Eagles, ran well in their race. In the boys 300 hurdles, Del Oro sophomore Casey Wheeler clocked a 39.57 to place fourth. Placer senior Shannon Harcus ran 11 minutes, 3.03 seconds in the girls 3200 to finish fourth in the 24-athlete field. In the boys pole vault, Eagles senior Jesse Stafford failed to qualify for state at 14 feet. His 14-3 vault in the Masters trials would have landed the third spot in the finals. Hillmen senior Ryan Sage placed ninth in the event at 13-6. Colfax senior Nick Read ran a personal-best 9:32.44 in the 3200 to place eighth out of 23 runners. Read broke his personal record by eight seconds. Placer senior Lucas Stancliff ran a 1:56.05 in the boys 800 to place sixth. Del Oro junior Karissa Willis was seventh in the girls shot put, while Colfax senior Emily Colon was seventh in the discus. The Eagles’ 4x400 relay teams also fell just short of qualifying. The boys shattered the school record again, clocking a 3:20.97 to place fifth. The girls team was fourth in 3:58.94.