ELK GROVE — Cool temperatures and nagging winds affected performances throughout the day, but six qualifying finishes were achieved by El Dorado county athletes at Friday’s CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Elk Grove High, serving as the regional qualifier for next weekend’s CIF-State Championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
Ponderosa girls’ team led the highlights with four event qualifiers, including first-place performances by Sydney Blakely in the pole vault and Brittany Anselmo in the 800 meter race.
Blakeley vaulted 11-8 for the win in the pole vault. A top-10 state performer in the pole vault, Friday’s vault was shy of her personal best (12-7) but a return to form will likely place Blakeley in the podium potential next week.
Anselmo, third in the trials, used a burst of speed in the final 50 meters of the 800 to defeat Ashley Kittle of Woodcreek, 2:14.29 to 2:14.34 in the finals. The performance was a personal best for the sophomore.
The meet opened with blustery winds that shifted direction before settling down to breezes that were unfavorable to the sprints and hurdles. In the second half of the meet, a noticeable cooling of temperatures and lessening winds blanketed the competition.
Golden Sierra’s Connor Barla was the county’s lone boys qualifier in finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 22-8.75 feet.
“I felt really good, my leg felt good as well,” Barla said, referring to a nagging hamstring pull he sustained two weeks earlier.
Now, Barla has the dilemma of deciding whether to travel to Clovis for the State Meet or attend his high school graduation ceremony.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now,” Barla said.
It was a different case for shot put qualifier, Ali Ryan, who finished second with a toss of 41-10.5 feet. Right after collecting her award, she dashed out of the stadium and back to Shingle Springs for graduation ceremonies. Ryan’s necessitated departure was replicated by other area finalists as well.
“It was a real nail-biter to the end. The last throw moved Allison from fourth to second,” Bruin coach Dave Mosbacher said. “She is a true athlete and she knows when to turn it on.”
At the start of the girls 1600m run the lead was up for grabs as the race was developing into a sprinter’s finish. Oak Ridge’s Maxine Goyette and Bruin Christine Redor finished second (5:13.65) and third (5:14.09), respectively, as the race unfolded in the last 300 meters.
“It was a slow first two laps,” said Goyette, who moved from seventh to second with about 200m to the finish. “I have a pretty good kick and went all out.”
Redor, who moved with Goyette and stayed on her shoulder to the finish added the same thought.
“It (the pace) felt easy until the last lap,” Redor said.
Note: The first three finishers automatically qualify. In addition, any athlete that betters an established qualifying standard also advances. In field events, once an athlete betters the qualifying standard they might choose to pass on their remaining attempts. In the final analysis, Masters meet performances will not always be an accurate predictor of state meet performances.
Finals: 800: 1-Brittany Anselmo, PO, 2:14.29; PV: 1-Sydney Blakeley, PO, 11-8; Naomi Bastian, ED, NH. 1600: 2-Maxine Goyette, OR, 5:13.65; 3-Christine Redor, PO, 5:14.09; 15-Ellie Velez, OR, 5:24.10. 3200: 5-Rachel Peterson, OR, 11:13.99; 7-Velez, OR, 11:15.28; 10-Redor, PO, 11:22.68. SP: 2-Ali Ryan, PO, 41-10.75. LJ: 11-Danylle Kurywchak, PO, 16-10; 16-Emily Reddish, GS, 16-4.75; 21-Sabrina Tate, ED, 15-9.5. HJ: 14-Jessica Emde, OR, 4-11; 14-Carina Williams, OR, 4-11. D: 5-Ryan, PO, 118-10. TJ: 5-Kurywchak, PO, 38- 1.
Prelims — 4×100: 21-ED (Jessica Britton, Hannah Dixon, Sara Slightam, Grace Abela) 51.28; 22-GS (Reddish, Katie Robertson, Mia Belluomini, Rebecca Brown) 52.69; 100mh: 5-Shannon Trumbull, OR, 15.09, 20-Hailey Cooley, ED, 17.08; 400 meters: 18-Tate, ED, 1:00.76; 800: 3- Anselmo, PO, 2:18.33, 10-Holli Arrieta, OR, 2:19.02,13-Courtney Macklin, ED, 2:21.12, 14-Sabrina Andrus, OR, 2:21.32; 300h: 6-Trumbull, OR, 45.13; 21-Giana Poseley, GS, 48.77. 4×400: 13-ED (Tate, Macklin, Jessica Britton, Whitney Standal), 4:06.56.
Finals — 4×100: 8-OR (Shay Mueller, Zach Youngberg, Bryce Williams, Jacob Sipes), 43.12. 1,600: 4-Sean McHone, OR, 4:21.11; 12-Jake Zeltner, OR, 4:33.79. 400: 5-Alex Roberds, PO, 49.43; 6-Sipes, OR, 49.88. 3200: 12-Joe Soik, ED, 9:44.17; 15-Marcus Conde, OR, 9:45.43; 21-Evan Baxter, OR, 10:02.72. PV: 13-Carl Hughes, UM, 13-0; 13-Matt Johnson, ED, 13-0. Sam McCrea, ED, NH. LJ: 2-Connor Barla, GS, 22-8.75. D: 16-Matt Halford, PO, 142-4; 18-Erik McKinnon, PO, 134.00. HJ: 13-Alex Knight, GS, 5-11; Donovan Madsen, PO, NH.
Prelims — 4×100: 8-OR (Mueller, Youngberg, Bryce Williams, Sipes), 43.46. 110mh: 15-Jacob Legge, PO, 15.75; 400: 4-Alex Roberds, PO, 49.42, 7-Jacob Sipes, PO, 49.72; 100: 13-Gabe Derilo, ED, 11.32; 300mh: 14-Legge, PO, 40.84, 15-Youngberg, OR, 40.91, 17-Johnson, ED, 41.14; 200: 11-Derilo, ED, 22.82; 16-Mueller, OR, 23.03; 4×400: 19-ED (Zach Somers, Nick Bloss, Sean Gregg, Matt Johnson), 3:32.95.
ED-El Dorado; GS-Golden Sierra; OR-Oak Ridge; PO-Ponderosa; UM-Union Mine