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Quality qualify

by Keith Jiron

DAVIS – Steven Conrad made it look too easy with his performance at the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Subsection III finals at UC-Davis Friday.

The Nevada Union senior posted wins in both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 200-meter dash on his way to qualifying for four events in next week’s section championship meet.

Conrad, who set a personal record in the long jump with a 23 feet, 7 inch jump to take third, went wire-to-wire in the 110 hurdles (14.75 seconds) and won the 200 (21.95) going away.

The University of California-Berkeley-bound athlete also made the cut in the 100 meters with a second-place time of 10.98.

“I expected to do a little bit better in the 100 and long jump, but things worked out pretty well, so I’m not going to complain,” said, Conrad who scored 34 of the NU boys team’s 37 points.

Conrad will be joined by the nine other area athletes who posted top eight finishes to earn a ticket to the section championships at American River College (Sacramento) next Thursday and Friday.

Bear River’s Chelsea Haverty also capped a week to remember, when she broke the school record in the long jump at 17-3 to finish in a tie for second overall.

The senior, who also set a personal record in Wednesday’s triple jump to qualify for the section championships, is the first Bruin female athlete to pull off a double since Briana Thomas did it in the shot put and discus in 2001.

“My legs were just ready to jump today. I’ve had this as a goal all year, and this was a good meet to do it,” Haverty said. “I think this is a really good time to peak. Hopefully I can keep it up.”

Bruin head coach Scott Savoie said Haverty still has bigger and better jumps in her.

“Chelsea’s jumps today were incredible. She had four jumps at 17 feet or above. That’s the most consistent I’ve seen her jump all year,” said Savoie. “And the nice thing is on every single one of her jumps there was room to spare on the board. So we’re going to work on her footwork a little this week in practice. I think she’s got an 18-foot jump in her.”

Nevada Union will also be represented by Shannon Lingo in the girls 1,600 meters.

Lingo, a junior, battled back from fifth place in the final turn to take second in the girls 1,600 with a personal best 5:13.94.

“I just knew I had to give it everything I had at the end. I felt like if I didn’t push it, I wasn’t going to make it,” Lingo said.

Sara Heidelberger, who took fourth in the 300 low hurdles with a personal-best time of 46.26 seconds, along with Nathan Jones (300 intermediate hurdles), James Brindley (pole vault) and Shannon Brown (girls pole vault) round out NU’s contingent for the championships. Jones took fifth place with a time of 40.56. Brindley was eighth with a height of 12-8. Brown, who qualified Wednesday, had a height of 8 feet, 3 inches.

For Bear River, freshman Rachel Welz missed a double by just a whisker.

Welz, who holds the school record in the high jump at 5-5, turned in a personal-best distance in the long jump at 16-3, just to miss the cut by two spots in 10th. She did, however, make it to the high jump championships with her eighth-place height of 5-0.

Anthony Logan took eighth in the long jump at 21-3 1/2 to also make the cut. Jessica Benzler also qualified for sections in the discus during Wednesday’s competition.

Lance Welch took 17th in the long jump with a 19-2 1/2 for Bear River. Ronnie Angold’s best height in the pole vault of 11-8 left him out of contention.

NU’s Nancy Gutierrez was 18th in the shot put at 30-3 1/2. Teammate Lauren Nelson was right behind in 19th (30-1). Patrick Lane and Tyler Freeman finished 15th and 18th, respectively, in the 3,200.


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