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Bruins eye PVL titles

With the Pioneer Valley League track and field prelims concluded, several Bear River athletes have their sights set on a PVL title and more.

Heading into Wednesday’s prelim, senior hurdler Savannah Welz said she wanted to win both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle events. After the prelims, she sits in first place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.26 seconds and second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.44.

“Its really important to do well,” Welz said. “I won’t be doing sports in college. This is my last thing, and this is what it all comes down to.”

Bear River coach Kevin Vasquez said it’s Welz’s maturity that makes her such a strong competitor.

“It’s a maturity that she has as an athlete,” he said. “She understands what she needs to do to represent the team, to keep the team together as a unit, and she also knows what she needs to do as an individual athlete. And while her peers may not have the same type of focus as she does, she knows what her goals are and what she wants to achieve.”

At the prelims the top eight move on to the PVL finals today, and the top four at the finals will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section meet.

Reaching the section meet is a goal distance runner Alex Coffman has set for himself, he said.

Coffman qualified in sixth place for Friday’s 800-meter race, a race he said he is still getting used to.

“The 800 is more of a sprint, and I just started working out how to do it now, which is disappointing because its my senior year,” Coffman said. “But at the same time, I want to get as many chances as I can to run it correctly.”

Coffman’s prelim time in the 800 was 2:06.08 seconds.

Coffman will also look to advance in the 1,600 and 3,200 at today’s finals.

Having already qualified for the section meet and taking third in the PVL shot put event is Alec Bergstad. The senior thrower placed third in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet, 5.5 inches.

Bergstad will also attempt to reach the section meet in the discus event, which will take place today.

“I want to be one of those top guys in the PVL and leave Bear River’s mark there,” Bergstad said.

Fellow thrower, but on the girls side, Lauren Sheppard has also qualified for the section meet with a fourth-place finish in the girls shot put.

Sheppard, who said her strength is her technique, will also look to qualify for the section meet in the discus event today.

Sheppard, a senior, has only been throwing for two years and said she wants to do well to make her school and coaches proud.

Bear River also had three sensational sophomores qualify for the PVL finals with Rachel Randall making the finals in the 100 and the 100 hurdles, Jessica Meylor in the 800, and Erica Higley in the 400. Higley will also look to make the section meet in the high jump, which takes place today.

The PVL finals take place at 4 p.m. today at Center High School in Antelope.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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