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Hillmen News · Placer Track does well at Del Oro Invite.


With league and divisional championship meets just around the corner, area track athletes flocked to Loomis Friday for the long-running Del Oro Invitational track and field meet.

Good competition in all events gave athletes the chance to start tapering their performances for the upcoming key meets that lie just around the corner.

Antelope’s boys team scored 64 points to top Damonte Ranch of Reno (48), Monterey Trail (47) and Del Oro (43.5) for boys honors. On the girls side, Monterey Trail (75) showed the way followed by Del Oro (67.66), El Camino (54) and Placer (48.33).

Several area performers checked in with solid showings in both the running and field events.

On the track for the boys,  Placer’s Ryman Crone set the pace in the 800 meters with a winning time of 1:59.20. Crone had a busy day and was also second in the 1600 meters in a time of 4:26.25.

Other top running marks for the boys were turned in by Placer’s Jesus Carrasco who was third in the 3200 meters (9:48.89). Also, in the 400 meters, Del Oro’s Pierce Stahlberg (51.30) placed sixth and Colfax’s Nick Van Doorn was eighth (51.80).

Del Oro’s 4×400 relay team also shined as the Golden Eagles posted their best mark of the season in a winning 3:25.99 effort. Making up the quartet were Stahlberg, Jack Williams, Gavin Thompson and Spencer Blatter.

In the field events, Colfax junior Garren O’Keefe set a personal best with his winning mark of 51 feet nine and a half inches. He nosed out Del Oro’s Cameron Nitta who placed fourth (49-5) and Del Oro’s Rory Connolly (46-7) who was fifth.

Nitta bounced back however to win the discus with a lofty heave of 153 feet six inches. O’Keefe settled for third with another personal best of 145-5.50.

In the pole vault, Del Oro’s Lance Huber, who is tied for the current fourth best jump this season in the state at 16 feet even, captured first place with a vault of 15-3. Colfax’s Mason Pierce went 13-6 to grab fifth place.

Area girls athletes also fared very well in the meet.

Winners included Del Oro’s Cathilynn McIntosh in the 800 meters (2:15.72), Del Oro’s Lucy Corbett in the high jump (5-2)  and Marin Chamberlain in the pole vault (10-6). Placer’s Lara Condosta was also second in the pole vault with her leap of 10-0.

Other top girls showings included in the 400 meters with Placer’s Chamberlain (1:00.85) and Jessica Lee (1:00.85) going 3-4 and Colfax freshman Grace Bliss following in 6th (1:01.55).

In the 300 hurdles, Colfax’s Bliss was fourth (47.32) while Del Oro’s Cierra Nelson grabbed eighth (49.31).

Meanwhile, Del Oro’s Ashley Randall (113-03) placed third in the discus and Meagan Lehman was second in the triple jump (33-3). In the 100 hurdles, Nelson of Del Oro (16.02) placed fourth ahead of Placer’s Thea Economau (16.49) who placed fifth and Colfax’s jasmine Dean (16.50) who took sixth.