ELK GROVE — Eight El Dorado County high school field athletes raised the bar Wednesday, literally.
Competing in the finals of the Sac Joaquin Section Division I Track and Field trials/finals at Elk Grove High, Oak Ridge’s Austin Laut and Kasian Strawick took fifth and sixth places, respectively, as they cleared the bar at 14 feet, 2 inches each; Laut had the fewest misses. The two advance to the section’s Masters meet that will also take place at Elk Grove High toward the end of next week.
“I cleared 14-2 at practice before, so I was like ‘I better get this,’” said Strawick, a senior.
Laut, a junior, added, “I’ve done 15-2. Today wasn’t the best day, but I’m still moving on to Masters.”
Oak Ridge head coach Rob Fairley felt the weather was just right for the duo to compete.
“It was not too hot and there was very little wind,” Fairley said.
Ponderosa’s Robert Holloway, a junior, and Connor Goss, a senior, also qualified, as they took seventh and eighth places, respectively, with a leap of 13-8; Holloway had the fewest misses.
“They’re moving on, and that’s the important thing,” Ponderosa head coach Karen Norwood said. “We knew that they could meet the at-large mark today.”
Denise Warner, who works with the Bruin pole vaulters, added, “We always train our kids where they need to peak, and not over train them. We’ve been really pleased with the progression, both with the boys and the girls. We’re just glad that they are moving on.”
Ponderosa’s Rylee Johnson cleared the bar at 10 feet, 3 inches for a new PR (personal record) and seventh place. Johnson, a junior, joins a trio of county girls advancing in the event. Oak Ridge senior Ashley Dean was eighth with a leap of 9-9, sophomore Kylie Harrop-St. John was 11th at 9-3, and freshman Ella Bunce was 8-9 for 14th place.
“This is my first time I cleared 10-3,” Johnson said. “My (previous) PR was 8-6, I was really happy that I cleared 10-3.”
Johnson raised her hands in celebration after clearing the bar at 10-3, with more than six inches to spare that launched her into the Masters.
“I did not expect to qualify for the Masters,” Johnson said. “I’m really excited.”
The top 16 from Wednesday’s trials advance to today’s finals — eight for the finals event and eight for the consolation race. From there, the top 12 move on. Most of the finals were held in field events on Wednesday.
Below are results of county high school track and field athletes who competed in finals and trials. The finals for field events start at 2 p.m., and running events at 5:45 p.m.
Finals — boys and girls
Girls PV: 7-Rylee Johnson, PHS, 10’3; 8-Ashley Dean, OR, 9’9; 11-Kylie Harrop-St. John, OR, 9’3; 14-Ella Bunce, OR, 8’9. Boys PV: 5-Austin Laut, OR, 14’2; 6-Kasian Strawick, OR, 14’2; 7-Robert Holloway, PHS, 13’8; 8-Connor Goss, PHS, 13’8. Boys LJ: 12-William Vaughn, OR, 20’11 3/4.
Trials — boys and girls competing in Friday’s finals
Girls 100: 11-Kathryn Sanders, OR, 16.37. Boys 800: 7-Josh Boiler, PHS, 1:57.56. Girls 800: 10-Brittany Anselmo, PHS, 2:21.12. Boys 100: 14-Brandon Jetter, OR, 11:27. Boys 300 hurdles: 9-Griffin Prather, OR, 40.47. Boys 4×400: 11-PHS (Cameron Mosbacher, Austin Beegle, Kevin Ackernecht, Boiler), 3:25.94. Girls 4×100 relay (alternate): 17-PHS (Kendra Jimerson, Emily Herman, Elyse Douglas, Anabella Torres), 51.78. Girls 300 hurdles: 14-Kristina O’Donnell, OR, 47.72.
Boys 110 hurdles: 18-Jetter, 16.31. Boys 100: 19-Ackernecht, 11.40. Girls LJ: 26-Torres, 15′ 6 1/2.