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Bruins swap meet record

A pair of Bear River athletes traded a meet record back and forth Tuesday before the original owner ended up with the mark all to herself again at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Meet trials at Modesto Junior College.

Nicole Jackson entered the 100 hurdles as the meet-record holder with a time of 16.2 seconds. Her teammate, classmate and friend, Rachel Welz, then broke the mark with a time of 15.88 in her hurdles heat.

“I guess I did actually have the record for about two minutes, I guess,” Welz said.



Then it was Jackson’s turn. A top-qualifying time of 15.4 seconds secured the meet record for her again, as the two Bruins now look forward to running the 100 hurdles final together on Thursday.

“We push each other,” said Jackson, who set aside Welz’s iPod for a phone interview on the drive home Tuesday. “It’s just good to have the support between each other. We go places together and have fun together. It’s good. It makes it a lot more fun.”




Both Jackson and Welz also qualified for the 300 hurdles final on Thursday.

Welz won the high jump competition Tuesday, clearing her own meet record of 5 feet, 4 inches to qualify for next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium.

She also qualified for Masters in the long jump, after leaping 17 feet, 5 1/2 inches for third place. She missed second place by one-quarter of an inch.

Jackson, Welz and Bear River’s Jared Murnan, a high-jump candidate, will all compete Thursday in the final day of the Division III meet at Modesto Junior College. Competition resumes at 3 p.m.

Section track and field action continues today as Nevada Union competes in the Division II meet at Bella Vista High School. Field events are scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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To contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail brianh@theunion.com or call 477-4240.


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