Placer aces rare PVL test

Track & Field
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High boys track and field team turned away another feisty contender Wednesday night to continue its dominance of the Pioneer Valley League. El Dorado’s impressive collection of sprinters challenged the Hillmen, but they responded with another stellar effort to remain unbeaten since entering the PVL in 2007. Placer scored 83½ points and El Dorado scored 52½. “It was like an old (Sierra Foothill League) dual for us,” Placer coach Rick Foley said. “The highlight was the response of our kids. It was just fun to have a great meet in every event. We competed like crazy.” Seniors Lucas Stancliff and Clay Campbell had big days in the distance events, going 1-2 in the 800 meters and the 1600. Campbell won the 3200 and Stancliff gave Placer a big lead with a strong first leg in the 4x400 relay, which the Hillmen won. Max Fagan was outstanding in the hurdles, winning both the 110 and the 300 races. Brandon Pope was second in the 100 hurdles, third in the 300 hurdles and third in the discus. Brett Crider won the long jump, the triple jump and was second in the high jump. Ryan Sage took the pole vault and Darren Centi raced to second in the 400. Keith Quinn placed second in the long jump and Luke Roberts had a great day in the pole vault and the high jump. James Foley was third in the shot put and Ian Beckler placed second in the discus. The Placer girls also came up with a big effort to hold off El Dorado 80½-55½. Cauleen Daughty won both the 200 and the 400 while her sister Ellie Daughty won the 100. Kelsey Lardner took the high jump and long jump. Shannon Harcus outlasted the field in both the 1600 and the 3200. Kyra Wells won the pole vault and Kayla Reeves took second in the 200. Shannon O’Flaherty was second in the 400. Placer won both relays and got valuable points from freshmen Jenelle Pickard and Makayla Ratcliff. The Hillmen JV boys cruised past El Doroado 101-34. Placer will send 13 athletes to the renowned Arcadia Invitational this weekend in southern California.