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Placer long jumper Meghan Tucker breaks school record — again

By: Journal sports staff
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Records were meant to be broken.

Apparently Meghan Tucker’s well aware.

Tucker once again broke the Placer High School long jump record — which she set last year — at this weekend’s two-day Stanford Invitational.

Tucker’s leap of 17 feet, 11.25 inches topped her previous best of 17 feet, 9.75 inches. The junior is nearing the automatic qualifying mark of 18-2 for the State Meet.

On Friday and Saturday, the Hillmen track and field team took four individuals and a distance relay group to compete at Stanford in the most competitive high school invite in Northern California. The meet is a combined collegiate and high school venue with races and events intermittently switching.

“It’s a superb sign of success just to qualify much less compete,” said Placer coach Katy Chamberlin.

Tucker’s record-breaking jump was good for fourth place in a field of 23 of the top-state qualifiers.

“Her natural talent and strong work ethic each and everyday is paying off,” Chamberlin said. “One of the team's mottos is simply ‘with improvement comes success’ and Meghan is a shining example of someone who literally inches her way to success.”

The boys 4-by-800 (also known as 3,200-meter relay) had a series of personal splits that were personal records for the individuals and earned them a seventh-place finish out of 30 teams. The lead leg was Zach Stelzer, followed by Viktor Dorofeyev and Toby Qualls, then Gama Gomez anchoring as they won their heat.

Their time of 8 minutes, 6.80 seconds would have been good enough to break the LeFebvre Relay record set by Bella Vista in 1981 of 8:07.19, and the boys team will be gunning for that record this Friday at the 75th running of the relays.

Seniors Ryan Dawson and James Hubbard were individual qualifiers and were excited to have the chance to earn a spot in their last season in high school.

Dawson ran for his first time ever in the 400 intermediate hurdles, which in high school is run as the 300IH.

“This was a grueling race,” Chamberlin said. “He successfully completed it in a time of 64.35.”

In discus, Hubbard threw 145 feet, 10 inches — just a few feet off his personal best of 151 feet, 3.75 inches to finish 13th of 24 competitors.

Sophomore Leah Fong qualified in pole vault and jumped 9 feet, 6.25 inches. Her lifetime best is 10 feet and she is looking forward to two more years of Stanford competition, Chamberlin said.