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Spring has sprung in sports

One sure sign that the spring sports season has arrived is the annual onslaught of track and field invitationals to which area prep teams travel to get a good look at their own athletes and also a glimpse of the competition.

“The month of March is all invitationals or practice meets,” said Nevada Union assistant track and field coach Nordis Ostrom. “A couple of the early meets are also relay meets, which allow you to get a lot of kids into competition and give those kids a chance to try something new.”

For Nevada Union that will mean a return to the third annual Capital Athletic League Invitational at Bella Vista High School Saturday.



The Miners are scheduled to be among 29 teams competing, including NU’s Metro Conference rivals Kennedy, McClatchy and Yuba City.

Competition is set to begin at 9 a.m. sharp, with field events and the varsity boys 110-meter high hurdles. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens, while children 12-and-under will be admitted free of charge.




Nevada Union has had strong showings in the previous two CAL meets, evidence by a pair of meet records owned by Miners. Steven Conrad, a 2004 NU grad who qualified for the state meet in four events last spring, set the 100-meter dash record of 11.04 seconds in 2003.

The Miners’ 1,600-meter relay team also owns the meet record of 4:02.44, also set in 2003.

Rachel Welz of Bear River, which is not listed as one of the Saturday’s competing teams, set the CAL Invite’s varsity girls high jump record of 5 feet, 5 inches in 2004.

For more information on the CAL Invite, click onto http://www.bvtrack.com.

Baseball

All three area varsity baseball teams are wrapping up the preseason portion of their schedule this week with an eye on league play opening just around the corner.

Nevada Union (2-2) hosts Delta League foe Sheldon Thursday, before opening the Metro Conference slate with a home date against Johnson March 16.

Bear River (2-0) hosts Oak Ridge on Thursday and travels to Folsom on Monday, two days before the Bruins open Pioneer Valley League action at Oakmont March 16.

Forest Lake Christian (1-1) travels to Highlands on Friday and begins Central Valley Christian League action at Faith Christian Tuesday.


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