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Seniors’ swan song set today

Bear River’s Rachel Welz and Nicole Jackson have been through a lot together during their track and field careers.

Now, in one last shot, the two will finish their high school athletic careers together – at today and Saturday’s CIF State Meet at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.

Jackson earned a trip in the 100-meter hurdles as a 21st seed. Jackson holds the current Bear River school record with a time of 15.18 seconds. Julia Purvis of St. Elizabeth is the top seeded racer with a time of 13.76.



Welz, meanwhile, qualified in both the high jump and long jump. Welz, like Jackson in the hurdles, is seeded 21st in the long jump. However, she’s in the top 10 in the high jump.

Welz’s qualifying jump in the long jump was 17-feet, 11-inches. The top seed is Jamesha Youngblood from Hercules. Youngblood comes in at 20-2.




In the high jump, Welz’s qualifying leap was 5-6, one of only 10 in the state to hit that height. Seven total jumped 5-6 and two jumped 5-8. Top seeded Whitney Sisler from La Costa jumped 5-11 to lead the way.

Action begins with the trials at 3 p.m. today and continues on Saturday with the finals.

Welz’ begins her run at 3 p.m. today in the high jump and will compete in the prelims for the long jump beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jackson will be in one of four heats of the 100 hurdles, starting sometime between 6:04 p.m. and 6:18 p.m.

Cif Track and Field state meet

WHO: Bear River’s Rachel Welz and Nicole Jackson

WHAT: State track meet

WHEN: 3 p.m. today. If they qualify, they’ll move into Saturday’s finals.

WHERE: Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College in Sacramento.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-80 west to Business 80 (Capital Center Freeway). Capital Center Freeway turns into Highway 99. Take the 12th Avenue-Sutterville exit. At the top of the ramp, turn right and go west about a mile over the railroad overpass. At the end of Sutterville Road, take a right on Freeport. Sacramento City College will be on your right.


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