Wildcats tear up the track at Division III meet

Whitney moves on to Masters
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Correspondent
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FAIR OAKS _ The Whitney High School varsity boys track and field team is Division III and Capital Athletic League champions after competing well at the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials and Finals on May 16 and 18 at Bella Vista High School. It was the first title for the Wildcats at the Division III level as Whitney defeated Vallejo 32-30. Whitney head coach Mark Snow said he was really proud of his boys. ?They were extremely excited about the victory,? Snow said, ?and move on to the Masters Meet this week on Thursday and Friday with a hope that some of them will qualify for the State Meet.? The top three in each event at the Masters will move on to the State Meet. ?This was a team effort. Every point that was scored here was imperative to our overall success at winning the section title,? Snow said. ?Several of the boys have been nursing injuries but they stepped it up and helped the team win.? Joe Atwood, Ian Bamsey, Joey Camarda and Hemant Thomas set a school record in the 4X100 relay. Their time of 42.33 was the second best in all of the divisions combined. Camarda and Thomas both qualified for the Masters with their performance in the 100-meter finals. Camarda finished fourth overall in all of the divisions combined. ?Ian, running in a lot of pain, ran a gutsy 200 to score fifth-place points. He moves on to the Masters meet. Jacob Zufelt ran to a personal best and school record in the 800, 1:58.42. He moves on to the Masters meet,? Snow said. ?Ryan Hodgens and Nate Wellington both ran good races in the 3200-meters with Nate running to a big personal best.? Trever Sitch finished fifth in the hurdles. Snow said he was impressed with how Sitch performed even with a bad back. Stephanie Diettenger had a career best and school record jump of 10 feet 9 inches in the pole vault final for Whitney?s varsity girls squad. Diettenger finished third overall. She will be competing in the Masters Meet today (Thursday). Jenica Dodge ran a personal best in the 1600m final with a time of 5:20.94 and placed seventh overall. She also will be competing in the Masters. Snow said he was impressed with how the girls did this season and he has high expectations for next year. ?Kiana Brown, Taylor Aidnik, Shelby Esparza, Shea Barker, Makenzie Holland, Marialena Viera, and Haley Nyal all competed well,? he said. ?Every one of our girls that competed this year at divisionals will be back next year and they are expected to win a league title and compete for a section title.?