Rocklin track and field team has record performance at sections

By: Ryan Jones Placer Herald Contributor
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The Rocklin girls track team had an outstanding evening at the Division II-III San Joaquin Sectional Championships at Bella Vista High School Friday night. The ladies 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams set Thunder records to finish first in both events. The 4x100 team, consisting of Lindsey Settle, Elyse Rowan, Baylor Hogan, and Liesl Shirhall finished with a time of 48.85 seconds for the section championship. The 4x400 team did the same with a very strong and gutsy performance by Leah Carter as the teams anchor. The team?s time of 3 minutes and 59.13 seconds also set a new Rocklin record. Runners Shirhall, Hogan, Settle and Carter were the proud winners of that first-place finish. Rocklin?s strong performance was also highlighted by Shirhall?s 200-meter win and 100m 3rd place finish earning her four medals for the night. Hogan, along with her win in the 4x400, earned sixth place in the 400m race. Christina Dyok also set two new records for the Rocklin team with a fourth-place finish in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.18 and also in the 300m hurdles at 47.36 to come in sixth. More top performances turned in included Natalie Cartin taking fifth in the 100m hurdles with the second best time in Rocklin?s history. Cartin also came in eighth in the long jump. Jamie Curtis posted a throw of 32 feet 10 ¼ inches in the shot put placing her 11th. Carter earned a first in the high jump as well as the 4x400 for a second medal. The Thunder girls ended in second place just 20 points behind Del Oro 128-108. in the Section Championship with a combined score of 108 to Del Oro?s 128. The Rocklin boys had a good night also finishing in fifth place. In the field events, standout performances were achieved by Chris VanLiew in the discus with a throw of 147-6 earning him second place. In the pole vault Connor Besmer reached 14-5, his second best vault of the season. Teddy Flanagan had his season best with a vault of 13-2 to garner fifth. On the track, in the 1600m race George Maio was 10th with a time of 4:29.08, the top time for all of sophomores and freshmen. Ryan Jones placed third in an overly aggressive 800m contest with a time of 1:57.57. The boys 4x400 team had their best performance of the season knocking 3 seconds off their trials time with a 3:22.99 and a third-place finish. The team ?s of Alex Devereux, Marvin Gardner, Leandro Praseli and Ryan Jones used their pre-race ritual with Brut spray to turn in their second best performance just .13 seconds behind the school record. Next for the Thunder squad will be the Masters Championships at Elk Grove High School beginning today. The top eight move on to Finals on Friday. The top three from Finals will earn the satisfaction of going to the California State Meet in Clovis to be held June 1.