Field event finals highlight first day of DII track

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The opening night of competition at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II track championships Wednesday featured event finals in a number of field events, in addition to preliminaries in the proceedings on the track. The divisional preliminaries are a significant measuring stick in the chase for positions in next week’s section Masters championships. The top nine runners in the preliminary races advance to Friday’s finals, and the top eight there, along with any ninth-place runners who beat a qualifying result move on to the Masters, the tourney which sends its top finishers to the state meet. Half of the field event finals were contested Wednesday at Bella Vista High School. The top eight finishers in those competitions will move on to Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College next Thursday. Granite Bay’s Amy Feulner won the first battle in her search for a double. The senior won Wednesday’s shot put, with the discus finals coming up on Friday. Woodcreek’s Leanna Nelson captured seventh in the shot, and will join Feulner at Hughes Stadium. Justin Sutter continued his run of excellence in winning the long jump competition and his sophomore teammate John Park will join him at the Masters in that event, off a seventh-place result at Bella Vista. Roseville sophomore Chelsee Elliott, competing in the sprint relay as well as in the long and triple jump finals, was one of the stories of the day in the pit, as she nailed a personal best 17 foot, 3 inch long jump to finish second, earning a spot at the next level. Jordan Alviso of Granite Bay bettered his effort from the Sierra Foothill League final as he equaled the high-flying and heavily regarded Simmons brothers of Rocklin in the pole vault final. That trio all cleared the bar at 15 feet, 9 inches, two feet higher than any other vaulters. Woodcreek’s Justin Waterhouse also advanced with a seventh-place finish. Granite Bay’s Brittany Hince finished seventh in the girls high jump and sophomore James Kinloch took fourth place in the boys discus. The biggest surprise in the preliminary round on the track came in the girls 300-meter hurdles, where one of the favorites, Roseville sophomore Stephanie Blumm, hit a hurdle and fell to 10th place, one position short of advancing to Friday’s event finals. Blumm did qualify for Friday night as part of the Tigers 4 x 100 relay team, which took seventh in the qualifying race. Oakmont (third) and Woodcreek (eighth) will also be part of the final in that event. The Rocklin boys quartet nosed out River Valley by .02 to hang onto ninth position in the boys 4x100, claiming the final spot in the Friday final. Jordan Hardy and Kayla Kamaka of Woodcreek are in good position heading into the finals, after finishing in second and third position in the girls 100-meter hurdles preliminary. Hardy and teammate Joleen Chanco were third and sixth in the 300-meter hurdle qualifier. Josh Carter and Justin Ellerbee of Rocklin, and Blake Cervantes of Woodcreek claimed the final three spots in the boys 110-meter hurdles final. Carter also crossed the line fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Oakmont’s Jazmin Harper finished two seconds ahead of the field in the 400-meter and she will be joined by fellow Viking Tiara Keller in Friday’s event final. Keller finished eighth in the qualifier. The Oakmont duo will be busy on Friday night, as both will be competing in four events. Both qualified in the 200-meter dash as well, and as part of the Oakmont 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Roseville sophomore Kellyn Morning qualified ninth in the girls 100, in addition to her spot on the Roseville relay team. Tiger junior Jordan Magnusson has reached the event finals in the boys 100 and 200. A pair of Granite Bay Grizzlies will be back on Friday to compete in the 800-meter runs, as Christine Zavesky qualified fourth in the girls race while Spencer Thibideau was seventh in the boys preliminary. Oakmont will be joined in the 4x400 relay by SFL rivals Woodcreek, Del Oro and Rocklin. Friday’s Division II finals at Bella Vista begin with field events at 4 p.m., with the running event finals beginning at 7 p.m.