Trio of gold at Division I meet
Two Bruins, Trojan take 1st
ELK GROVE — Ponderosa had two top qualifiers and Oak Ridge one from last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Track and Field Championships at Elk Grove High.
On the track, Bruin Brittany Anselmo crossed first in the 800 meter race; Trojan Sean McHone led the pack in winning the 1,600; and Ponderosa Sydney Blakely, fresh from signing her Letter of Intent to compete for UC San Diego, soared 12 feet, 7 inches to take first in the pole vault.
The trio joins a list of other area qualifiers to advance to the Master’s Trials/Finals Thursday and Friday (back at Elk Grove) for a chance at the State Meet. The top eight in each event moved on.
Teamwise, the Ponderosa girls, behind the strong showing of Anselmo, Blakeley, Ali Ryan and Christine Redor, finished in fifth place while the Lady Trojans took 10th. On the boys side, Oak Ridge was 13th and the Bruins 20th.
McHone, the Delta River League champ, battled Jesuit league rival Sam Stoll again and outraced the Marauder by more than three seconds. Anselmo, second in league to Oak Ridge’s Holli Arrieta, turned the tables on the Trojan who came in third while Sabrina Andrus was fifth. Blakeley flew to new heights, bettering her league title distance for the section title.
Redor, third in the 3,200 meter race, was fifth in the 1,600, one spot behind Trojan Maxine Goyette who was fourth and two above Ellie Velez. Oak Ridge’s Rachel Peterson was fifth in the 3,200 while Velez qualified in eighth place. Bruin Alex Roberds continued his strong postseason in finishing fourth in the 400.
Ryan, the Meet of Champions winner, watched her final attempt ruled out of bounds for a scratch and had to settle for a prior toss of 39-8, second to McNair’s Mandy Coleman’s throw of 40-11.5.
“It’s pretty frustrating, to be honest,” Ryan said. “I’m sure (the final attempt) was pretty far.”
Ryan’s second toss was 38-7.5. Throwing the discus, Ryan’s 119-foot heave was good for fourth.
“I think I was over-thinking it too much,” Ryan said. “Especially with her (Coleman) first couple of throws going over 40 (feet). I just have to clear my mind; it was definitely a mental thing.”
The county had two dual hurdles event qualifiers in Troy’s Shannon Trumbull and Bruin Jacob Legge. In the girls 300 meter hurdles, Trumbull was sixth with a recorded time of 45.87 and also sixth in the 100 hurdles. Legge was fifth in the 110 hurdles and seventh in the 300 hurdle event.
In long distance running, Oak Ridge’s Evan Baxter was eighth in the 3,200 meter race with a time of 9:49.90. In the 4 x 100 relay, the Trojan quartet of Shay Mueller, Zach Youngberg, Bryce Williams and Jacob Sipes advanced with the sixth-best time of 43.58.
Ponderosa’s Danylle Kurywchak, a state qualifier last year in the triple jump, was fifth with a jump of 36-9.25 and eighth in the long jump at 16-10. Oak Ridge’s Jessica Emde posted a 5-1 high jump to place fifth.
Trojan Jake Zeltner (1,600) and Bruin Erik McKinnon (duscus) are both alternates.
Varsity girls: 400: 6-Anselmo, PHS, 59.01. 800: 1-Anselmo, PHS, 2:14.76; 3-Arrieta, OR, 2:15.98; 5-Andrus, OR, 3:18.68. 1,600: 4-Maxine Goyette, OR, 5:05.80; 5-Redor, PHS, 5:07.73; 7-Velez, OR, 5:10.76. 3,200: 3-Redor, 11:11.93; 5-Peterson, OR, 11:17. 38; 8-Velez, OR, 11:19.92. 100H: 6-Trumbull, OR, 15.13. 300H: 6-Trumbull, OR, 45.87. SP: Ryan, PHS, 39-8. PV: 1-Blakeley, PHS, 12-7. LJ: 8-Kurywchk, PHS, 16-10. HJ: 5-Emde, OR, 5-1; TJ: 5-Kurywchak, PHS, 36-9.25. D: 4-Ryan, PHS, 119-0.
Varsity boys: 400: 4-Roberds, PHS, 400. 1,600: 1-McHone, OR, 4:24.23. 3,200: 8-Baxter, OR, 9:49.90. 110H: 5-Legge, PHS, 15.44. 300H: 7-Legge, PHS, 40.79. 4×100 relay: 6-OR (Mueller, Yongberg, Williams, Sipes) 43.58.