Top local athletes advance to Master’s track meet

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Runners took the next steps towards the section championships Friday night with the top Division II track athletes gathered at Bella Vista High School.

It was a great night for Granite Bay distance runner Christine Zavesky, who won the girls 1,600-meter run and took second in the 800. The top eight finishers in each event qualified for the section Master’s meet that is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Hughes Stadium.

Shayna Powless of Roseville finished eighth in the girls 1,600 while Sami Gomez of Woodcreek joins Zavesky in advancing out of the 800 with her eighth place result.

The longest distance event had an extremely local flavor on the girls’ side where four runners finished in the top six. Brooke Holt of Granite Bay was second, with Oakmont’s Kristine Lozoya third, Courtney Crosta of Woodcreek fifth and Oakmont freshman Karlie Garcia sixth. Rocklin’s Steven White ran second in the boys 3,200.

Woodcreek’s Jordan Hardy was the winner of the girls 100-meter hurdles, and she also finished third in the 300-meter hurdle event. That longer race was won by Roseville’s Stephanie Blumm.

The boys 110-meter hurdles will send three local athletes on to the Master’s, as Blake Cervantes of Woodcreek finished fourth, Timberwolf Mike Mathews took fifth and Justin Ellerbee of Rocklin captured sixth. Cervantes also captured sixth in the 300-meter hurdles to earn another week of work.

Other top performers at the event included Roseville senior Jordan Magnusson, who crossed second in the boys 200 and third in the 100-meter dash and Oakmont sprinter Jazmin Harper, who finished second in the girls 400 and third in the girls 200.

Rocklin’s Walter Finney ran to the No. 5 position in the boys 200 and Adam Richards of Woodcreek advanced with an eighth-place result in the 100. On the girls’ side, Maddie Lummis of Granite Bay was fifth in the 100 and Rocklin’s Liesl Shirhall took seventh. Jacque Harvel of Woodcreek joins Harper in moving on at 400 meters due to her third place finish.

Edixon Puglisi of Oakmont was one of the top performers in the middle distance races as he advanced in two events with a fifth-place run in the 1,600 and a fourth in the 800. Colin Bruice of Rocklin took seventh in the 1,600 while Granite Bay’s Spencer Thibideau was seventh in the 800.

Kevin Nielsen of Granite Bay was second in the boys high jump and third in the 400-meter run. Oakmont’s Brie Shea jumped to a seventh-place result in the girls high jump.

In other field event results, Granite Bay’s Katie Zingheim was the winner of a highly competitive girls pole vault that was dominated by Sierra Foothill League vaulters, who took the top five positions. After Zingheim’s 12-05 vault, MacKenzie Landry of Del Oro was second, followed by fellow Golden Eagle Vicki Warner and then Oakmont’s Ferrin Peterson and Roseville’s Ariel Maroon.

Josh Pulver (fourth) of Roseville and Justin Ellerbee (sixth of Rocklin) moved on in the boys pole vault.

Hannah Hardy of Woodcreek was second in the girls long jump and third in the triple jump. She came in just behind Roseville’s Chelsee Elliott in the triple. Elliott also finished sixth in the long jump, sending both jumpers on to Hughes Stadium in two events. Hardy’s teammate Destiny Standifer also qualified in the triple jump by finishing eighth.

On the boys side, Rocklin’s Andre Jones finished in seventh position in the long jump.

James Kinloch of Granite Bay won the boys discus and the Grizzlies’ John Park took the triple jump title at the D-II finals. Tiffany Wong of Rocklin finished second in the girls shot put.

The boys 4 x 100-meter relay teams at Rocklin (third place) and Woodcreek (fourth) moved on to the next level, as did the girls teams at Woodcreek (fourth) and Roseville (fifth). Granite Bay’s girls 4 x 400 relay team earned another week by finishing sixth in that event.