NU, Bear River athletes face off with sections best at Masters meet |

NU, Bear River athletes face off with sections best at Masters meet

Nevada Union’s Delaney Smith and Bear River’s Erica Higley are the last of the leapers from Nevada County to be competing in prep track and field, and Thursday, they tested their skills against the best the Sac-Joaquin Section has to offer.

At the section Masters meet in Elk Grove, where the top talent from each division faces off to see who will move on to the state championships, Higley, a sophomore, cleared a height of 5 feet, 3 inches to place seventh. Smith, a sophomore, cleared 5-01, matching a prep personal record, and finished in eighth. The top three competitors in each event advance to the state meet May 31 at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

Taylor Getty, a senior from Lincoln of Stockton, won the high jump with a leap of 5-05.

Also competing at the Masters meet was Nevada Union’s senior runner David French. The 2013 Division I section champ in the 800-meter race, impressed again in Thursday’s prelims. French won his heat in a time of 1 minute, 55.93 seconds and was second among all qualifiers for Friday’s championship race. Only Paul Mohr, a senior from Davis, was faster, just edging French with a time of 1:55.90. Mohr and French will compete for the right to be called the section’s best in the 800 today in the finals.

Also competing in today’s finals, but in the 1600, is Nevada Union junior Garrett Migliozzi. The talented distance runner will look to make it two straight trips to the state championship meet with a top-three finish or a qualifying time of 4:16.38. Migliozzi qualified for the Masters event by placing second at the Divisional meet with a time of 4:16.57.

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