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Placer track team tops Colfax to remain unbeaten in PVL

By: Special to the Journal
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Placer’s track and field team remains undefeated in all three divisions after sweeping Colfax Wednesday.
The Hillmen’s varsity boys posted an 84-51 victory, varsity girls won 81-54 and the frosh-soph boys were on the top end of a  72-40 decision.
Despite blustering winds and a couple miscues of athletes missing some events, Placer still excelled with competitive marks and depth.
On the girls side, Placer was laden with personal records as junior Lea Fong won all three of her events, beginning with the 100 hurdles and then setting personal bests in 300H at 53.4 and pole vault at 10 feet, 4 inches.
 “Lea has been consistently hitting 10 feet in vault all season, and now she has broken that barrier,” said coach Katy Chamberlin. “We know her work ethic in these technical events is really paying off as she hits the middle of the season.The best is still to come from her.”
Meghan Tucker again had a trio of wins in the 100, 200 and another highlight, record-breaking long jump of 18 feet.
Coach Mark Chamberlin said, “her consistency in excellence is super and what she will need as she enters the second half of the season.”    
Senior Makayla Ratcliff took second in the 200 with a personal record of 27.5 and sophomore Dylan Page rounded out third with a personal record of 28.1.  
Posting wins and season bests in her two signature events was Kerry McCullough in the 400 with a time of 60.7 and a triple jump of 33-09.75.  Chamberlin said “the girl sprinters are really coming along under the new leadership of sprint coach and Placer alum Amanda Roberts. She’s been an asset to the coaching squad and a role model for these young athletes.”
Shelby Crider set a new personal record in the shot put, placing second with a throw of 27-3 and sophomore Alena Voss used a personal record in the 800 to take third in 2:46.9.
The varsity boys pulled some sweeps of first through third in a couple events such as triple jump with Jalen Lewis taking the win with a personal record of 39 feet, followed by Ryan Dawson 37-5.5 (who also posted a lifetime best in 300H winning in 43.1 and won long jump in 18-4) and Patrick Dellwo’s personal record of 34-10.
Placer’s pole vaulters also cleaned up with Beau Babcock first matching a lifetime personal record of 13 feet. Bobby Huckins (12 feet) finished second and Dellwo (10-6) was third.  
James Hubbard took second with a personal record of 41-8 in shot put behind Colfax star Austin Perry.
Sophomore Johnny Capra, throwing varsity for the first time, adjusted to the two-pound heavier shot and took third with a throw of 40-4.5.