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Miners, Bruins off to section meet

The Union staff

Nine of Western Nevada County’s top track and field athletes will test their skills against the cream of the Sacramento area’s crop when the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships kick off at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College Thursday.

In Thursday’s running event trials, three heats will be used to determine the top nine finalists. The three heat winners plus the next six best times will advance to Friday’s finals.

The field events, which will hold trials and finals on the same day, will take place both Thursday and Friday,

The top three from each event final will earn a berth to the CIF State Championships at Hughes Stadium June 5-6.

Nevada Union will be represented by six athletes in eight events.

Bear River’s three-person contingent will compete in a combined four events.

NU’s Steven Conrad, who earned a track scholarship from the University of California-Berkeley this year, will compete in Thursday’s 100-meter dash, the 200, the 110 high hurdles trials and Friday’s long jump final.

Conrad enters the competition with the second-best overall time on the 200 (21.93) overall and third-best in the 110 hurdles (14.75), both of which were events he won in last week’s Subsection III qualifier at UC-Davis.

Conrad’s marks are tops in each of his heats.

In the 100, the senior’s time of 10.98 comes in seventh overall and second in his heat. Conrad’s long jump of 23 feet, seven inches is third both overall and in his heat.

Nathan Jones qualified for both the 110- (15.89) and 300 intermediate hurdles (46.26).

Jones, who will face Conrad in the 110 hurdles, has the fourth-best time in that heat and sixth-best in his 300 low hurdles heat.

Pole vaulter James Brindley rounds out NU’s boys contingent.

The sophomore earned a ticket to Friday’s event with height of 12-8 at last week’s subsection. The height is tied for 12th-best overall.

For the girls, Shannon Lingo heads into the 1,600 trials with the eighth-best time overall at 5:13.94.

Lingo, a junior, smashed her personal record in the event by more than seven seconds to take second at the subsection.

Sara Heidelberger, who took fourth in the 300 low hurdles at UC-Davis last week with a personal-best time of 46.36, owns the third-fastest qualifying time in her heat.

Shannon Brown will compete in Thursday’s pole vault competition. Brown’s qualifying height of 8-3 is tied for seventh-best overall.

BEAR RIVER

Chelsea Haverty turned in the best week of her track and field career at the subsection meet.

The senior posted personal bests in both the triple jump (35-3 1/2) and long jump (17-3) to become the first Bruin girl to qualify for two events at the section meet in three years.

The triple jump event kicks off Thursday, with the long jump to follow Friday.

Haverty’s triple jump distance is ninth overall. The long jump distance, which is a school record, is tied for sixth-best.

Freshman Rachel Welz made the cut for the Friday’s high jump with a height of 5-0.

Welz, who set the school record in that event with a 5-5 earlier this season, is one of six jumpers who enter at 5-0.

There are nine jumpers whose qualifying height is 5-2 or above.

Jessica Benzler qualified for Thursday’s discus competition with a distance of 102-10.

That mark is 20th-best overall.


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