Road to state track meet begins at SFL finals

Numerous multi-event winners at league meet
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Step one in the road to the state track meet was completed Friday night when the athletes of the Sierra Foothill League convened at Rocklin High School.

It was a great night for Roseville High’s Jordan Magnusson, who set a new league record in winning the boys 200-meter dash in addition to conquering the field at 100 meters. The senior sprinter recorded a 21.74 in the 200, knocking .01 off the old mark that had stood since 1997. His 10.88 in the 100 was .04 away from the league standard.

Magnusson was at the lead of a fast field in the 200 meter as seven runners went under the minimum standard to qualify for at-large spots at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II meet.

“The times Jordan posted on Friday he has worked towards all season,” said Roseville coach Lisa Blumm. “He now will attempt to improve those times again this week.”

The top four athletes in each event at the league meet move on, and any athletes who beat the at-large mark also advance.

Adam Richards of Woodcreek was second in the boys 200 with a 22.33 time, with Rocklin’s Walter Finney and Zach Helfand finishing third and fourth. Roseville’s Micha Hayes finished fifth, but also qualified because he was below the 22.93 at-large standard.

Richards was also next up behind Magnusson in the 100 final, with Finney and Michael Bullard of Rocklin taking third and fourth positions.

The dominating figure in the girls’ sprints was also a familiar face, as Oakmont junior Jazmin Harper seeks a third straight trip to the state meet. Harper captured the 400 meter in 56.34, with a margin of more than a full second over Jacque Harvel of Woodcreek. Freshman Brianna Ruiz of Del Oro, who attended Roseville’s Buljan Middle School last year) finished third.

The Oakmont junior was also out ahead of Harvel at the finish of the 200, where her 25.15 time was .05 seconds off the league record. Ruiz finished fourth in the 200 to qualify for the divisional in that event as well.

Maddie Lummis of Granite Bay took the title in the girls 100-meter dash with a 12.47. Maya Cabiness of Woodcreek was second, with Rocklin’s Liesl Shirhall also moving on with a fourth place result.

Christine Zavesky of Granite Bay was stellar in the distance events, taking the crown in both the 800 (2:15.54) and 1,600 (5:10.03). Lummis capped her strong 100-meter by qualifying for the D-II finals in the 800 as well with a fourth place finish. Woodcreek’s Sami Gomez was third, and Marissa Naughton of Granite Bay also qualified despite her fifth place run because she beat the at-large time by .01.

The main competition for Christine and Brooke (Holt) will come from the Oak Ridge ladies,” said Granite Bay distance coach Carla Kehoe. “Christine did the 800/1,600 double at Arcadia and the 1,600/800 at the Meet Of Champions and did extremely well in both events. Her strength is her ability to focus and race anyone on race day. Christine is also on the 4 x 400 relay that will run at sections.”

The top six runners in the 1,600 all beat the at-large standard of 5:21.73, so Courtney Crosta of Woodcreek (third place), Shayna Powless of Roseville (fourth) and Jessica Skalet (sixth) of Rocklin will all run again this week.

The girls pole vault continues to be one of the most entertaining events in the SFL, as the top five vaulters are all state-ranked. All five easily cleared the at-large minimum height of nine feet, three inches, so all will be at the divisionals. Del Oro’s MacKenzie Landry won the SFL title at 12-3, but Granite Bay’s Katie Zingheim also cleared that same height in finishing second.

Ferrin Peterson of Oakmont was third at 11-03, with Vicki Warner of Del Oro and Ariel Maroon of Roseville both clearing the bar at 10-09.

Roseville junior Chelsee Elliott was also a double-winner as she took both the girls long jump and triple jump. Her 17-04 set the standard in the long jump and beat Woodcreek’s Hannah Hardy by five inches. Shirhall also moved on with her third place finish.

In the triple jump, Elliott recorded a jump of 36-02.25 to out-distance Hardy in that event as well. Hardy’s Woodcreek teammate, Destiny Standifer, finished fourth to join the pack moving on to the D-II meet.

Granite Bay’s Kevin Nielsen qualified for divisionals in four different events. His jump of six feet, five inches won the boys high jump, with Rocklin the Rocklin duo of Bullard and Holden Huff finishing second and third, Christian George of Granite Bay qualifying fourth. Nielsen also finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and second in the 400. He also moves on as part of Granite Bay’s 4 x 400 relay team.

Andre Jones of Rocklin was second in the 300 hurdles and Woodcreek’s Blake Cervantes was third. Rocklin’s Helfand qualified in the 400 with his fourth place finish.

The girls 3,200-meter featured nine runners qualifying under the at-large time. Junior Brooke Holt of Granite Bay won the race in 11:03.76, a time that shattered her own league record. Oakmont freshman Karlie Garcia also finished ahead of the old record with her second place 11:08.65.

“Brooke will focus on the 3,200 and not run the 1,600,” Kehoe said. “She ran a 2:20 in the 800 trials last week and that has given her confidence for the last 800 in the 3,200. The main goal is to take each race as it comes and to prepare mentally and physically for the challenge. I believe the distance runners are up to the challenge in all of their events. The road to the state meet is long and you must be patient in order to get there.”

Kristine Lozoya (Oakmont), Courtney Crosta (Woodcreek), Brooke O’Brien (Woodcreek), Karina Nunes (Woodcreek), Allison Daly (Granite Bay) and Allison Haworth (Granite Bay) all also moved on to the divisional level by beating the at-large time of 11:52.33.

Rocklin’s Steven White was a double winner in the boys distance races, recording an impressive double with the 1,600 and 3.200 titles. Oakmont’s Edixon Puglisi, Rocklin’s Colin Bruice and Woodcreek’s Jon Horvath filled out the top four in the 3,200, while Puglisi, Bruice and Woodcreek’s Tyler Raposa took the rest of the three qualifying spots in the 1,600-meter.

Puglisi and Bruice also qualified in a third event – the boys 800, in which Puglisi finished third and Bruice sixth (but under the at-large minimum). Spencer Thibideau won that race, while Trent Brendel and Bryant Hom of Granite Bay also earned divisional berths, along with Raposa.

“Spencer dropped the 1,600 to focus on the 800 in postseason,” Kehoe said. “His strength in the 1,600 will help him get through the rounds in the 800. Spencer does very well in competitive races and will do very well at sections.”

Jordan Hardy of Woodcreek earned a trip to the D-II event in two events, with a first place result in the 100-meter hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles. Her Timberwolf teammate McCall Habermehl finished fourth in the 100 hurdles, while Roseville’s Stephanie Blumm won the 300 hurdles in 45.51.

Justin Ellerbee of Rocklin won the boys 110 hurdles and finished second in the pole vault. Josh Pulver of Roseville and Trace Terrell of Woodcreek also qualified in the pole vault by finished third and fourth in the event. Timberwolf teammates Mike Mathews and Blake Cervantes were second and third in the 110 hurdles.

His (Pulver) competitive edge has kicked in and his hard work is paying off,” said Coach Blumm in discussing the senior pole vaulter’s performance.

John Park of Granite Bay advanced by winning the boys triple jump and also finished fourth in the long jump. Bullard was the winner of the long jump with a leap of 20-06, while Roseville teammates Theodore Baldwin and Foster Tracey both joined Park in earning D-II spots in the triple jump.

Tracey also finished fourth to move on in the discus competition, joining second place finisher James Kinloch of Granite Bay and Oakmont’s Nelson Quinley, who finished third, at the next level.

“We still have James in the running,” said Granite Bay coach Jackie Nasca. “He took second in the discus. It will be a challenge all the way to the end. The most difficult meet will be the Masters Meet as that is where we meet the Jesuit boys. They are a very strong group, most over 170 feet. James will need to go out there and compete, not worry so much about technique but go and compete to move on.”

Brie Shea took second in the girls high jump to advance, while Rocklin’s Tiffany Wong (second) and Maddie Smith (fourth) moved on in the girls shot put. Wong was also a qualifier in discus along with Oakmont’s Sabrina Ali and her Rocklin teammate Michelle Poteet.

Del Oro dominated the relays, winning both girls team runs in addition to the boys 4 x 400. The Golden Eagles missed out on the relay sweep when they were disqualified in the 4 x 100.

Roseville, Woodcreek and Rocklin were second, third and fourth in the girls 4 x 100, while Woodcreek was second and Granite Bay fourth in the 4 x 400. Woodcreek and Granite Bay finished 2-3 in the boys 4 x 100, and Granite Bay, Woodcreek and Rocklin were in the 2-4 spots in the boys 4 x 400.

“The (Roseville) varsity girls 4 x 100 relay team of Chelsee Elliott, Kellyn Morning, Kirsten Merlino and Stephanie Blumm set a new school record with their second place time of 48.91,” Coach Blumm said. “This is the second time in just a few weeks this team has broken the school record in this event.”

The section Division II meet will be contested Wednesday (trials) and Friday (finals) at Bella Vista High School.

Final varsity team results from SFL track championships:


1 Del Oro 151; 2 Woodcreek 98; 3 Granite Bay 59; 4 Oakmont 55; 5 Roseville 48; 6 Nevada Union 40; 6 Rocklin 40        


1 Rocklin 135; 2 Granite Bay 85; 3 Del Oro 82; 4 Woodcreek 65; 5 Roseville 56; 6 Nevada Union 38; 7 Oakmont 29