Placer's Capra brothers have good discus outings

Hillmen track and field team competes at Granite Bay invite
By: Journal sports staff
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Placer High’s track and field team had several notable performances Saturday at the King Gilbert Invitational at Granite Bay High School.

The Hillmen brought 25 athletes to the contest, and got good outings from the Capra brothers.

Freshman Jacob Capra threw a discus 117 feet, 1 inch at his third meet. In his last outing, he cleared 102 feet.

“I can’t remember a freshman that throws close to 120 in thirty years,” said coach Mark Chamberlin. “He’s good, has real big arms, he’s strong and every explosive. He’s very coachable, and so is his brother.”

Sibling Johnny Capra, a sophomore, threw 119 feet. Chamberlin said the two have a little rivalry brewing.

Other Placer athletes who had good days included pole vaulters Shelby Crider and Lea Fong, who both cleared 10 feet.

Distance runner Toby Qualls performed in two events, clocking in at four minutes, 30 seconds in the 1,600 and then 9:45 in the 3,200.

One of seven team captains, Kerry McCullough recorded a triple jump of 33 feet, 2 ¼ inches. McCullough, who just joined up with the team a few days as she was busy playing basketball for the Lady Hillmen, also anchored the 4-by-4.

Sophomore Jose Rodriguez did well in the 1,600 (4:47) and 800 meters (2:09).

Placer has a little time off now to prepare for a Green and Gold intersquad meet on March 20.