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Whitney runs away with CAL Invitational Track Meet

Boys dominate competition
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Sports Correspondent
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The Whitney High School boys and girls track and field teams competed at the CAL Invitational on Saturday. The event was hosted by all of the Capital Athletic League schools participating at Whitney High. The boys varsity team came away victorious over 23 teams with a score of 129 points. The boys varsity team set three new school records and ran and jumped to personal bests. Trever Sitch continued his stellar start to the season with a great time of 15.62 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles and a new record in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 41:06. Ryan Hodgens ran to two first place finishes in the 1600 and 3200 meters. He set a new school record of 4:29.43 in the 1600. Although Hodgens has great physical ability, he credits his strategy as being a big part of his success. He said he runs better in the two mile (3200) because it offers him greater alternatives to position himself in the race. “You always know who in your race is pretty good competition so you’ve got to plan when you’re going to make a move and stick with it,” Hodgens said after capturing the 1600 meters competition. “I don’t have a good 150 meters, the speed isn’t quite there, so I have to make my move a lap and a half out and just extend the lead so the person in second won’t be able to catch up to me.” Hodgens won the 3200 meters by 4 seconds over his teammate Nate Wellington, a sophomore. The two of them finished a good 12-16 seconds ahead of Sheldon’s Abdul Hamid, who came in third. Wellington broke the 10-minute barrier in the 3200 running 9:53.84. Jacob Zufelt ran to a new personal best in the mile to take third place, and beat his own school record in the 800. The 4x100 relay team of Ian Bamsey, Hemant Thomas, Joey Camarda and Joe Atwood ran to a seasonal best 44.15 seconds to win the event . The long jumpers, Stich (20-09.5), Bamsey (20-02) and Alex Ewing (19-08.5) all achieved a personal best and scoring points for the team. GIRLS The Wilcats came in a strong second place with a bunch of young new athletes competing this year. They were led by Jenica Dodge and Megan Hall in the distance races. Hall broke the school record in the two mile by running 12:01.17 with Dodge close behind in running 12:01.74. They both ran to seasonal bests in the mile (Dodge 5:32.98 and Hall 5:38.62) and scored 20 points by themselves for the team in both events. Shea Barker continued her huge improvements in the hurdles by blasting to a 16.54 time in the 100 hurdles and a 48.93 in the 300. She placed second and third respectively. “The relays are getting better and better each week. We have had to add all new athletes to both events and they are starting to gel and get better together as a unit,” said Whitney head coach Mark Snow. “Maddie Dart has been super consistent in the high jump and placed second with a jump of 4-10 after clearing 5 feet in an earlier meet. Stephanie Diettinger vaulted to a first place finish clearing 9 feet.” JV BOYS The junior varsity boys finished in fifth place at the meet. The Wildcats were led by Evan Ja in the jumps, Austin Eggers in the sprints and high jump, Kyle McCray in the sprints and jumps and Nicholas Pulido in the distances. Whitney had a meet scheduled with Rocklin at Whitney, Wednesday. The ‘Cats begin league action on March 28 at Whitney High hosting the whole league. “We have set goals to be league champions as a team and that quest starts on March 28,” Snow said. “The boys and girls are both contenders and should have great opportunities to take home league crowns come May.” Additional reporting by Jim Linsdau, Placer Herald Sports Editor CAL Invitational Track and Field Meet Whitney High School Team Results BOYS 1. Whitney 129 points 2. Cosumnes Oaks 53 points 3. Vista Del Lago 42 points GIRLS 1. Cosumnes Oaks 71 points 2. Whitney 53 points 3. Vista Del Lago 51 points