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Jackson, Welz lead Bear River

Nicole Jackson and Rachel Welz led a parade of highlights for Bear River Wednesday during the Pioneer Valley League Track and Field Champion-ships in Roseville.

In all, a dozen Bear River girls and boys qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Masters Meet next week at Foothill High School. The meet will start with prelims on Wednesday, followed by the finals on Friday.

Bear River’s girls were a dominant force in the hurdles, as Jackson led a 1-2-4 performance for the Bruins in the 100-meter hurdles and a 1-2-3 sweep in the 300 lows. Welz was a double winner in the high jump and long jump, plus she placed second behind Jackson in both hurdles races to help the Bruins take second-place as a team during competition at Oakmont High School.



Oakmont won the PVL girls team title with 209 points. Bear River was second with 98 points, followed by third-place Colfax with 66.

Jackson won the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.36 seconds, ahead of Welz (17.05) and sophomore teammate Brooke Van Fossen (17.95). Later in the evening, Jackson sped to first-place in the 300 lows (48.78), followed across the line by Welz (49.76) and Van Fossen (52.28). Jackson also placed second in the 100-meter dash (13.42) and combined with Shasta Billings, Rebecca Logan and Van Fossen to run 4:31.75 for third-place in the 4×400 relay.




Welz equaled her season best in the high jump at 5-4 and won the long jump by nearly two feet with a leap of 16-11.

Other Masters qualifiers for Bear River included Jared Murnan, who placed second in the boys 100 (11.66) and fourth in the 200 (24.12). Adam Stillman placed second in the boys discus (129-4), right behind Ronnie Davidson of Colfax (129-91Ú2); Madalyn Groulx placed second in the girls shot put (28-10); Jocelyn Fry placed third in the girls triple jump (27-11); while sophomore Tommy Jones placed fourth in both the triple jump (39-1) and long jump (17-11). Tanya Copeland, Melanie Fry, Jocelyn Fry and Van Fossen ran 54.45 to place fourth in the 4×100 relay.

Alex Masucci also placed sixth in the discus (109-81Ú2) and Chase Duncan seventh 109-41Ú2).

Bear River also enjoyed highlights in the frosh-soph boys competition, including Glen Schell’s first-place in the high jump (5-6). Tanner Mathias also placed second in the 400 (59.68) and Chris Parfit second in the pole vault (9-0). David Beress, Addy Gemignani, Parfit and Schell also placed second in the 4×100 relay (49.27) and Mathias placed fourth in the high jump (5-2).


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