Local Roundup: Nielsen’s performance catapults Bruins track
Bear River High School’s Track and Field team had quite a debut at the sixth annual Sacramento High School Track and Field Classic Saturday.
Leading a list of impressive individual performances, sophomore Kendal Nielsen stole the show for the Bruins, setting a pair of school records along the way.
Nielsen took first place overall in the 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 12.65 seconds. She also finished first in the triple jump with a new meet and school record leap of 36 feet. Her second place finish in the 200 meters also set a new school mark of 25.64 seconds. And to round out her day, Nielsen took second place in the long jump by leaping 16 feet, 7 inches.
Bruin junior Breanne Mitchell took first place in the second heat of both the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races, and finished ninth overall in both races and fourth among girls.
Senior Shelby Jungers took 14th overall in the triple jump (30-11), 13th in the high jump (4-4) and 15th in the 300-meter hurdles (1:15.36). Willa Davis, a junior, leapt to 20th place in the long jump (13-2) and ran to 24th in the 400 meters (1:10.90).
Sophomore C.J. Olsen took 21st in the 400 meters (55.44), senior Michael Lohrke was 32nd in the 100 meters (12.21) and freshman Alex Coffman was 55th in the 1,500 (5:03.63).
Sophomore Jordan Halleib was 55th in the 3,000 meters (11:50.85) and 85th in the 1,500 (5:23.40).
The Bruins are scheduled to compete at 3 p.m. Friday at Union Mine High School in the Diamondback Distance meet.
Miners stand first at states
On Sunday, Nevada Union showed up at Mount Shasta to blue skies and 60 degree weather for what coach Ken Ramirez described as perfect spring conditions.
On Monday night, though, the temps dropped to 19 degrees after a few hours of rain.
“Vertical ice skating rink!” Ramirez said. “The CNISSF State Championship giant slalom course was pert near sheet ice – several coaches laughed about the conditions being what the Olympians are accustomed to. Most all of the athletes wished they had sharper edges.”
At the end of the day, the NU Miners are leading the competition with a four-point lead over reigning champion Mount Shasta, on their home turf. After losing high-point scorer Pat Chapple to an injury, NU’s depth has prevailed so far.
Leading NU’s boys in seventh place is Eric Green (98.42), while Mac Lujan stands eighth (99.32), Scott Valentine 10th (99.93) and Brian Biersdorff 25th (104.41). On the girls side, Marnie McDowell stands 15th (105.87), Kendra Green 19th (109.43), Quinlan Grim 23rd (112.89) and Olivia McDowell 44th (126.86).
Of the top ten finishers, five of 10 women and six of 10 men were from NU’s Central Division II.
“(Today) we race slalom and as anyone who watched the Olympics is aware, the slightest wrong move can change the moment from being ahead of the pack to be at the tail end,” Ramirez said. “Should be fun. It is snowing here, as it is in Nevada City. Perhaps that is good mojo.”
According to Bear River coach Janis Serrano, the Bruins were led by senior Katie deLaveaga, who placed 38th.
Meanwhile freshmen Scott Dwelle, Tyler Craig and Tyler Marshall finished the first day of competition in 59th, 74th and 78th places, respectively.
Falcons finish fourth at Lincoln
Forest Lake Christian’s soccer squad won its pool play at the Lady Zebra Lincoln Classic after scoring a 1-0 win over Union Mine Saturday, before falling to Yuba City 1-0 in the third-place match.
In the victory over Union Mine, senior captains Kaylee Lommori and Christa Weisman teamed up for the winning goal, as Lommori turned a Weisman pass into an assist for the eventual game-winning goal 10 minute.
Another senior captain, Morghan Pomeroy, totaled 12 saves in goal for the shutout victory.
FLC is slated to travel to Colfax for a 3:30 p.m. match today.
Coaches may submit game reports via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 477-4240. Deadline for submissions is 10 p.m. daily.
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