Practice makes perfect – Colfax runner tries to keep up with Jones |

Practice makes perfect – Colfax runner tries to keep up with Jones

Tracksters Nathan Jones of Nevada Union and Will Cole of Colfax have seen each other before. They are well aware of one another’s strengths and skills in the 300 meter hurdles and generally look forward to lining up in lanes next to each other.

Jones is a senior who qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section meet last year for the Miners, while Cole, a Falcon junior, qualified for the sub-section meet. Both are two of the strongest runners at their respective schools.

On Wednesday night at NUHS, the two toed the line for another 300-meter matchup at a practice meet, just like they had two weeks ago at Placer High School meet.

Starting down the final 100 meters, the two raced neck and neck, but Jones was able to pull ahead at the end to win the race with a time of 40.7 seconds while Cole came in at 41.39.

Jones said enjoys the matchup because it pushes him to run faster early in the season, enabling him to set early qualifying marks for meets like the Stanford Invitational, coming up March 25-26.

“It’s fun to run against (Jones),” Cole said. “It’s nice because it helps me. Runners in our league (the Pioneer Valley) aren’t really up at the level I need to be running at for big meets, like the section meet, so it’s nice to be able to compete against someone as good as him.”

While the meet did not count for points and will be used more to gauge the progression of the teams’ and athletes’ training, Nevada Union track coach Gene Meyers was pleased with many of the performances from his junior varsity athletes and the varsity girls field athletes.

The Miners girls finished one, two, three in the pole vault, triple jump, long jump and shot put with a one-two finish in the discus.

Nancy Gutierrez finished first in the discus with a throw of 108 feet, 7 inches and took second in the shot put with a throw of 30′ 5 1/2″. Emma Heck finished first in the shot put and second in the discus throwing 32’3″ and 99’1″, respectively.

Addi Bright finished first in the pole vault clearing 8 feet while finishing third in the long jump with a 13-foot leap. Jill Eymann took first in the triple jump and second in the long jumps, going 28’81/2″ and 13’6″, respectively.

For the JV boys, Kemp Stanford finished first in the high jump, clearing the 5’6″ mark, and took third and fourth in the long and triple jumps with marks of 17’4″ and 35′ 81/2″, respectively. Also excelling in the triple jump was Dave Zealear going 36′ 71/2″ , in addition to his first-place long jump of 18’5″.

Meyer was also pleased with Philip Jackson’s 5:06 mile and Chase Dixon’s 44.59 time in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.

The varsity boys team snagged six first-place marks, winning the 800-meter relay, two hurdles races (Jones), the 100-meter dash (Nate Basso), the high jump (A.J. Ostrowski), as well as the medley relay.

In Motion

Nevada Union’s Erin Bertsch negotiates one of many 300 high hurdles Wednesday afternoon during a practice meet at NU.

The Union photos/John Hart

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