From the Auburn Journal
Placer’s boys track team put on a show on Thursday in a dual at Lincoln, and the Hillmen needed every single point. The varsity boys’ final came down to a third-place tie in the high jump, which gave the Hillmen 68.5 points to Lincoln’s 67.5.It was a thrilling end to a rather bizarre day, track team manager Katy Chamberlin said.“We kept it pretty quiet,” she said. “They were just announcing results over the loudspeaker; (coach) Amanda (Roberts) was writing them down. They weren’t giving us any tallies.”Indeed, when the 4×400-meter relay began, the team was down by five points, Chamberlin said.“When we won, she said, ‘I think we’re within one,’” Chamberlin said.But they were already counting on a Placer sweep at the pole vault – which result they didn’t know yet. (Placer went 1-2 at the pole vault, with Lucas Porter and Ethan Vaughan both clearing 10 feet, 6 inches.)It all came down to some hasty math and a whole lot of uncertainty.What was not uncertain: It wouldn’t have been close at all without Ryman Crone and Jesus Reyes, who went 1-2 in the 800M and the 1600M; Jesus Carasco pitched in with a third-place showing in the 1600M as Placer swept the podium.Isaac Bowers and Ryan Wiggleton finished first and second in the 400M, and both helped the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams win.
The varsity girls took all of the drama out of it, as the Hillgals put up a big 83-50 victory. Sarah Rossiter (15-10.5), Jessica Lee (15-4.5) and Thea Economou (15-2) swept the podium in the long jump, while Marin Chamberlin (10-0), Lara Condosta (10-0) and Grace Manch (9-0) did the same in the pole vault and Stephanie Knoble (5-0), Kapri Pelle (4-10) and Hannah Robison (4-8) did in the high jump.Julia Camillucci won the shot put, and Sabrina Lord took the triple to cap off a dominant day in the field for Placer. Lincoln’s frosh-soph team edged Placer, 67-62.The final sets up a PVL showdown on Wednesday between Placer and Center. Should Placer win, it is guaranteed at least a share of the PVL title. Should Center win, things get a lot more complicated for Placer.