May 26, 2011
Granite Bay trio triumphs at today's Masters track meet

Granite Bay dominated today's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field championships at Sacramento City College.

The Grizzlies won three of the six field event championships held on what is mostly a day of qualifying for Friday's finals.

State leader Katie Zingheim won the girls pole vault, setting a new Masters record of 13-1; NorCal leader James Kinloch won the boys discus with a toss of 183-6; and Kevin Nielsen won the boys high jump at 6-7 -- and barely missed at a personal best 6-10.

Davis senior Ian Rock, Friday's favorite in the boys pole vault, won the boys long jump with a wind-aided 23-7 3/4.

Bear River's Kendal Nielsen (17-11) and Woodcreek's Hannah Hardy (17-8 1/4) finished second and third, respectively, in the girls long jump; Bella Vista's Angie Charles (12-3) and Del Oro's Vicki Warner (11-6) placed second and third in the girls pole vault; and Cordova's Victoria Odufuwa (40-6 1/2) took third in the girls shot put.

Oak Ridge's Will Findlay and Matt Redden and Cosumnes Oaks' Londeen McCorvey all qualified in the boys high jump. Findlay was second, McCorvey third and Redden an at-large qualifier based on jumps.

Jesuit's Stephen Boals (171-9) finished third in the boys discus; and Jordan Montiero-Williams (22-9) of McClatchy placed third in the boys long jump.

Among the qualifying highlights:

• Defending section boys 200 meter champion Shaq Thompson had the third fastest time in the event at 21.80. Matt Moreno of Buhach Colony ran a 21.60 and Kennedy's Breonntae Snelling a 21.69.

• Snelling had the top boys 100 qualifying time of 10.73.

• The Rocklin foursome of Michael Bullard, Taylor Ashby, Walter Finney and Andre Jones had the fastest 4x100 boys relay time. The Thunder won heat No. 2 in 42.11. Grant, led by football standouts Thompson and James Sample, had the second fastest time in winning heat three in 42.25.

• Rosemont's state-ranked sophomore Nia Dorner had the fastest 200 in 24.78 and she was second in the 400 at 57.26.

• Kennedy's Chriss Grimble had the top boys 800 of 1:55.52.

• Vista del Lago's Emily Cooper ran a best of 12.29 the girls 100.

• The Del Oro boys foursome of Ken Andri, Casey Wheeler, Kai VonAlbenslaben and Blake Covey had the evening's best 4x400 time of 3:20.31.

- Bill Paterson

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