Placer track on top again

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High track and field team followed up its Le Febvre Relays title with another one Saturday against some of the top competition in the Sacramento region. The Hillmen claimed the overall title at the Bella Vista Invitational, topping a field of 32 teams. Placer scored 53 points to tie with Folsom, but the Hillmen won the tiebreaker with the most overall points. Senior Jordan Burke led the Placer girls to a second place finish. Burke set personal bests in winning both the 1600 meters (5 minutes, 14.15 seconds) and the 3200 (11:11.66). Fellow senior Tawny Lambuth took second in the 200 (26.84 seconds) and fifth in the 100 (12.99). Senior Lisa Reece ran to fourth place in the 400 (1:02.73) while sophomore Kayla Reeves (1:03.70) was close behind in fifth. Kaci Knighton's leap of 32 feet, 1 ¾ inches in the triple jump was good for fifth. Chelsea Hedenlund took fifth in the discus with a toss of 95-2 and Dylann Swisley cleared 9-0 to take fifth in the pole vault. Placer's 1600 relay squad raced to second place while the 400 relay team took fifth. The Placer boys took fifth as a team. Bryce Peterson scored big points with a second place finish in the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.07). He was also fifth in the 110 high hurdles (15.79). Derek Hinch's 13-0 in the pole vault was good for third. Matt Freie took fifth in the 100 (11.52) and fifth in the long jump (18-9 ¾). Bruno Gotzmer was fifth in the 400 (52.09). Placer's boys relays were outstanding, racing to second in the 1600 and third in the 400 with a season-best of 44.17. Placer's junior varsity boys took second place as Asher Gotzmer took second in the 200 and fourth in the 100. Darren Centi was second in the 800 and fourth in the 1600. Koal Swisley took third in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Ryan Sage was fourth in the pole vault and Ian Bechler took fourth in the discus.