Gutierrez tops in shot at Metro track and field
Nevermind that Nancy Gutierrez had two wisdom teeth pulled earlier in the week. The Nevada Union senior simply came back Thursday and pulled out a gold medal in the girls shot at the Metro Conference Track and Field Championships.
Gutierrez smashed her personal record in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 4 inches to beat Yuba City rival Breanne Wallace by more than a foot to win gold at Granite Bay High School.
Domenic Ruggiero also won the boys triple with a personal record leap of 42-3 1/2 and A.J. Ostrowski won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 42.02 seconds to lead a contingent of Nevada Union athletes that qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I meet next Tuesday and Thursday in Modesto. The top five finishers in each event advanced.
“I think the kids had a really good time,” NU coach Gene Meyers said. “All of the kids either had p.r.’s or did something pretty darn good.”
Gutierrez logged a throw of 103-3 to place second in the discus behind Wallace. The Miner showed no ill effects from her dental work when it came to the shot put.
“Nancy looked real good. She had a couple of throws out at that distance (near 36 feet),” Meyers said Friday. “And she looked even better in practice today. She was throwing consistently out over 35 feet.”
Erik Salmonson also placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a 16.83 clocking. Ostrowski led a strong NU showing in the 300 hurdles that saw Salmonson place fourth (44.39) and Matt Bell fifth (44.55).
Andrew Primrose placed third in both the boys 800 (2:08) and 1,600 (4:44) and Allison Chapple placed third in the girls triple jump (31-6).
In the frosh-soph boys competition, Chase Dixon won three individual events and Nevada Union scored 113 points to finish second as a team behind Granite Bay.
Dixon ran to first-place in the 200 (23.83), 110 hurdles (16.87) and 300 hurdles (42.67). Kemp Stanford won the high jump (5-10) and Cole Stanford won the triple jump (40-0 1/2). Corey George placed second in the long jump (19-5 1/2) and placed third in the high jump (5-8). Dick Goddard placed second in the pole vault at 10-0, Dan Foley was third in the 1,600 (5:02) and Cole Stanford fourth in the high jump (5-6).
In the junior varsity girls division, Aubrey Costa won the triple jump (29-8) and placed third in the long jump (13-2). Amanda Larsen placed second in the long jump (13-4).
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