Saturday May 12 2012
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
10 track and field records that were not meant to be broken
Not all records were made to be broken. There are several track and field marks in the foothills that are so lofty; they will likely be around for generations. Some already have. Ed Bonner and Ron Hyatt?s names are still commonly heard anytime Del Oro and Placer athletes hit the track. They?re also still prominent figures in the foothills. Bonner holds two hallowed records at Del Oro. His time of 47.6 seconds in the 400 is stuff of legends while his best 200 was a blazing 21.73. Both times were clocked in 1969. Bonner is now the Placer County Sheriff. With all the remarkable athletes Del Oro has produced, none have touched Bonner?s records. ?When I started running at Placer, he was the legend from Del Oro,? said Ron Hyatt, who put on quite a show himself at Placer. Racing on cinder tracks, Hyatt specialized in middle distances races. In 1972 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, Hyatt finished the grueling 800 in 1:51.4. He went on to a great career at Indiana before returning to Placer, where he coached track and cross country for many years and is still a teacher. Hyatt?s daughter Lindsay joined her father in the record books, and then some. In the midst of winning four straight CIF State titles in the 800, Hyatt put her name on every running record at Placer except for the 100. Lindsay Hyatt?s 400 record of 56.20 and 800 record of 2:06.3 haven?t been approached since she graduated in 1999 and went on to star at Stanford. ?I was never one to focus on my times,? said Lindsay, who now lives in Auburn with her husband Chris Barr and their 3-year-old son Cooper. Consider this: Colfax?s Madi Newman set the Pioneer Valley League record in the 800 on Friday and her time was nearly 17 seconds slower than Hyatt?s record. Kendal Nielsen is the greatest threat to Bear River?s records in the long jump and triple jump. That?s because she owns them and is hitting her stride this spring ? her senior season. The Cal Poly-bound talent said she is most proud of her triple jump mark of 39 feet, 5 inches, but it could be several inches longer before she?s done. ?I hope a 40 (foot jump) is coming my way soon,? Nielsen said. ?I think that?s my favorite record because it?s my best event. I think it will stand for the longest.? Colfax?s 100-meter hurdle record on the girls side has stood for 35 years. Karen Kendall clocked a 14.4-second race back when the Falcons were a part of the Northern Section. Placer has produced many quality pole vaulters through the years, but Connor Landry?s record is head and shoulders above the rest. Landry, who went on to vault at Cal, cleared 16-2 in 2007. Del Oro?s Tom Hogan owns the area?s oldest record. He tossed the shot put 55-1 way back in 1966 and none of the Golden Eagles? strong men have been able to wrestle the record away.