Placer's McCullough hops to new school long jump record

By: Special to the Journal
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Another Placer track and field record was broken.
This time the feat was done by senior Kerry McCullough in the triple jump at the start of the two-day Pioneer Valley League championships at Center High. 
The 5-foot-2 McCullough hopped, stepped and jumped 35 feet, 3 inches and beat the 1981 Placer record of 35-1.  
"I didn't feel like I did it, but dropped to the ground when I found out. It was surreal," McCullough said. "It lightened my day." 
Last week she had finally hit the 34-foot mark and today she did a series of 34s and then hit the 35-3, said her mother, Placer High jump coach Tara McCullough.
"I am so happy for her," Tara McCullough said. "She has wanted to break the 35-foot barrier all season and she did that and is the PVL champ all with one jump."
She also was the fastest qualifier for the 400 in 60.79 and will compete with teammate Macaylea Mitchell and Dylan Page in the 400 finals on Friday when the meet resumes at 4 p.m. at Center.  
Other Placer final results that qualify for sections, which is the top four finishes in each event, are Shelby Crider in the discus and Lea Fong in pole vault. 
All events from the 100 to 800 trials were contested Wednesday, with Placer showing force in the varsity boys 800. The Hillmen finished 1-2-3 with Gama Gomez, Viktor Dorofeyev and Zach Stelzer leading the helm.  
Nick Kennedy will continue his season in the 200 and 400, and Meghan Tucker and Makayla Mullenix were seeded 1-2 in 100.