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Hillmen News · Girls track has good start in D4 CIF Section Championships


The day was chilly, and wet, and long … and none of that mattered.

Placer’s girls track and field team did what it has done most of this season: It dominated.

It’s early, of course, but in the first of the two-day CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV-V finals at CSU Stanislaus on Tuesday, with just three events completed, Placer’s girls had already built a large lead with 42 points.

That sort of thing happens when you go one-two-four in one event and two-three-four-five in another.

Jessica Lee jumped 16 feet, 6.25 inches in the long jump to win the section championship, and Sarah Rossiter leapt 16-05.50 to take second to get the girls started. Thea Economou (15-09.50) placed fourth.

Only one girl, Samantha Engel of El Dorado, cleared 11 feet in the pole vault, but after her, it was the Placer lineup card.

Marin Chamberlin led the way, leaping 10-06. Lara Condosta got over 10 feet even. Stephanie Knoble (9-06) and Grace Mantch (8-06) completed the run.

That they finished in the top five was significant beyond the team scoring: According to team manager Katy Chamberlin, the CIF lumped divisions IV and V together this year for the first time and will take only the top five from each discipline, regardless of division, to next week’s Masters.

While some of the field events were finished Tuesday, some will take place on Thursday, and the running events were preliminary competitions, with finals also set for Thursday.

Marin Chamberlin won heat two in the preliminaries of the 800 meters, second overall, in a time of 2 minutes, 26.22 seconds. There were two faster times in the other heat, but by virtue of winning her heat, Chamberlin placed second.

Riley Lasher (2:30.57) and Paige Federico (2:31.61) locked down the final two qualifying spots.

Rossiter placed fifth in 100M qualifying with a time of 12.85 seconds.

None of the other results – including all of the boys’ events – had been released as of press time, but Katy Chamberlin said Ryman Crone and Adam Fragola had qualified for the 800M final on Thursday, and Isaac Bowers and Ryan Wiggleton had done the same in the 400M.

Not only had results not been posted, but events were still proceeding at press time.