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Northern California meet provides early look at state meet hopefuls

Girls pole vaulters continue to shine
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The girls pole vault was once again the center of attention Saturday for local track fans. With most of the top track and field athletes from around the northern part of the state in attendance, Granite Bay’s Katie Zingheim tied for first place in that event with a vault of 11 feet, six inches. Ferrin Peterson of Oakmont finished seventh by clearing 10 feet, six inches and Roseville’s Ariel Maroon also vaulted that same height in a 10th place result. The vaulters were competing in the elite Invitational division at the Meet of Champions at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. The meet was divided into two separate competitions, with the Open division going during the day, and the top performers battling for the Invitational titles in the evening. Roseville’s Chelsee Elliott made a day of it, taking fourth place in the Invitational long jump (17 feet, 1 inch) after finishing third in the triple jump during the Open meet. “Chelsee Elliott had a great day in the triple jump with a personal record,” said Roseville coach Lisa Blumm. “She is having a very consistent and solid season.” Oakmont sprinter Jazmin Harper ran a 56.63 in the 400 meters to finish seventh in the Invitational, while Granite Bay’s Christine Zavesky had an impressive Invitational double with a second place result in the 1,600 and a fifth-place run at 800 meters. Brooke Holt of Granite Bay was 12th in the 1,600, while Courtney Crosta of Woodcreek (12th) and Kristine Lozoya (16th) were both part of the Invitational 3,200. Two Grizzly male athletes were also involved in the night event, as Kevin Nielsen finished fifth in the high jump and James Kinloch was fifth in the discus. Nielsen was also fifth in the Open division long jump and 14th in the Open 110-meter hurdles. Rocklin high shot-putter Tiffany Wong finished ninth in the Invitational shot put event with a toss of 35 feet, 2.75 inches. A pair of Thunder distance runners were also part of the Invitational activities as Colin Bruice finished sixth in the boys 1,600 and Steven White was sixth in the boys 3,200. Bruce was also third in the Open 3,200-meter run. Other strong results from the afternoon session included Roseville senior Jordan Magnusson, who won the boys Open 200-meter in 22.41. “Jordan Magnusson had a great run in the day meet and won the 200 meters,” Blumm said. “He is having a very good season.” Woodcreek’s Hannah Hardy was a star in two Open events, as she topped Elliott in the Open triple jump in winning that competition with a leap of 38 feet, 1.5 inches. Hardy also finished seventh in the Open long jump. Jordan Hardy was third in the girls Open 300-meter hurdles and the Lady Timberwolves finished third in the Open 4 x 100 relay. Granite Bay’s Spencer Thibideau was sixth at 800 meters and Oakmont’s Edixon Puglisi ran to a sixth-place result in the boys Open 1,600. Lishen Lu of Oakmont was ninth in the boys Open pole vault. Maddie Lummus of Granite Bay was 12th in the girls Open 800, while Woodcreek’s Sami Gomez was 15th in the same event. Timberwolf distance runner Tyler Raposa was 16th in the boys Open 800, while Granite Bay’s Cassidy Bertsch finished 13th in the Open 3,200 and Oakmont’s Nelson Quinley was 13th in the Open discus competition. Mike Bullard of Rocklin was sixth in the Open long jump and Mark Bevin finished 16th in the shot put, while Dan Phipps had the 11th longest toss in the Open discus. The Sierra Foothill League meet will be contested at Granite Bay High on May 11 and May 13.