Bear River’s Welz leaps to two wins
Bear River’s Rachel Welz started out with an easy victory in the girls high jump and later added a dramatic performance to win the long jump Friday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III track and field meet in Sacramento.
Nicole Jackson also ran to first place in the girls 300-meter low hurdles to give Bear River three individual gold medals during competition held on a rainy afternoon and evening at Foothill High School.
Welz won the long jump with a personal and school record leap of 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches on her final attempt. The junior had led throughout the competition with an early mark of 16-11, however, Riverbank junior Kelly Clancey took the lead with a 17-2 jump in the last round – setting the stage for Welz’ big finale.
Earlier, before the rain started, Welz cleared 5-4 on her first attempt to win the high jump.
Jackson cruised to first place in the 300 lows with a time of 47.3. The junior also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.17) and second in the 100-meter dash (13.57).
Welz placed third in the 100 hurdles (17.02) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (48.65).
Both Bruins now advance – Welz in four events, Jackson in three – to compete at the section Masters meet Wednesday and Thursday at Modesto Junior College. The top three finishers in each event at the Masters qualify for the state meet on June 2-3 in Cerritos.
Also on Friday, Adam Stillman reached the boys diuscus finals with a throw of 126-8. Madalyn Groulx threw the shot put 28-10, but did reach the finals.
Gutierrez advances to Masters in shot put
It may not have been the mark she had hoped for, yet Nevada Union senior Nancy Gutierrez achieved her main goal in the shot put at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I track and field meet Thursday in Modesto.
Gutierrez placed sixth with a throw of 35 feet, 1 inch during competition at Modesto Junior College. By placing, the senior earned a return ticket to Modesto for the section’s Masters Meet next week, at which time she will have an opportunity to compete for a trip to the state championships.
For Gutierrez, Thursday’s mark was more than a foot shorter than her Metro Conference championship and personal record throw of 36-4 1/4 the week before. Falaviena Takapu of Elk Grove Franklin High won the event at 36-11 1/2.
“She wasn’t satisfied,” Nevada Union coach Gene Meyers said. “She wanted to throw better than that, but the main thing, she gets to come back next week and try it again.”
Gutierrez also qualified for the Masters in the discus, thanks to her ninth place throw of 105-3 on Tuesday.
Two other Nevada Union athletes competed on Thursday – Taylor Christensen in the pole vault and Andrew Primrose in the 1,600.
Christensen set to a personal record, as the junior cleared 12-5 in which may well have been the featured event of the night.
Granite Bay’s Ryan Shuler and Scott Roth went 1-2 and established themselves as the nation’s top two high school vaulters by clearing 17-4. Shuler, the 2003 state champion as a freshman, won on fewer misses. Roth, the state champion in 2004 and ’05, set the national best of 17-5 on May 6 at the Modesto Relays.
Primrose ran the 1,600 in 4:41 in a strong field that saw the top three finishers dip under 4:25. Franklin’s Marlon Patterson won in 4:21.77.
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