Placer powers to championship banners

PVL Track and Field Championships
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Coach Rick Foley used one word over and over to describe his Placer High track athletes Thursday night at the Pioneer Valley League Championships. “Electric,” Foley said. The Placer boys and girls both claimed PVL banners, punctuated by the boys’ victory in the 1,600-meter relay. Senior Darren Centi pulled away on the final straightaway as the Hillmen clocked in at 3 minutes, 27.27 seconds to easily beat second place Center in the relay. Placer also won the 400 relay in 43.86. The Placer boys piled up points on the track. Centi won the 200 (22.74 seconds) and the 400 (49.77) with personal bests. Senior Collin Burnett (11.63) raced to victory in the 100 while teammate Christian Perry took second. Senior Cameron Brown was second in the 800 while freshman Zach Stelzer placed second in both the 1,600 (4:41.25) and the 3,200 (10:24.64). Senior Wei-Lung Ho contributed in the jumps, taking third in the triple jump (42 feet, 8.5 inches) and sixth in the long jump (19-6). Luke Roberts cleared 14-0 to win the pole vault and Kaj Niegmann (12-4) took third. Colfax standout Michael Manning (12-4) placed fourth. Sophomore James Hubbard took second in the discus with a toss of 130-07. The Placer girls used their depth to overwhelm the rest of the league. The Hillgals won both the 400 relay (50.92) and the 1,600 relay (4:12.08) and scored some valuable points in the field events to win. Beck Feis won the discus (99-9.5), Danielle Fitts took the shot put (32-0) and Shelby Crider was first in the pole vault (9-11) to lead the Hillgals. Bear River star Kendal Nielsen led the Bruins to a second place finish as she won the triple jump (38-7.5), the long jump (17-9), the 100 (12.76) and the 200 (26.01). Colfax’s Madi Newman won the 800 in 2:24.67 and Bear River’s Breanne Mitchell doubled up in the 1,600 (5:30.22) and the 3,200 (12:10.48). Savannah Welz (49.83) took the 300 hurdles for Bear River. Placer freshman Macaylea Mitchell took third in both the 200 (27.32) and the 400 (1:01.94). Hannah Peterson (2:24.94) and Christina Winters (2:30.89) took second and third respectively in the 800. Winters was second in the 1,600 (5:36.26). Kailee Warren placed third in the 3,200 (12:58.10). Senior Marilyn Johnson was second in the high jump (4-10) and third in the triple jump (30-02) for Placer. In the frosh/soph boys competition, Placer cruised to victory as Viktor Dorofeyev won the 800 and 1,600. Nathan Swisley won the discus, Beau Babcock took the pole vault, Jalen Lewis took first in the triple jump, Ran Dawson won the 300 hurdles and Nicolas Kennedy won the 400.