The postseason race is on as the high school track and field season hits the final stretch.
The sprints and relays will highlight the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I finals on Friday at Elk Grove High, also the site of next week’s Masters Championships to determine who advances to the CIF State Finals in Clovis on June 6-7.
D-II and D-III schools compete for team titles on Friday at Bella Vista. The D-IV and D-V finals were held Thursday night at Stanislaus State.
Woodcreek’s 400-meter boys relay team has the section’s only state-leading time (41.10 seconds). Relay legs Tyus Williamson and Aspyn Walton lead the section in the 100 and 200, respectively, in 10.84 and 21.61. At Elk Grove, Williamson will go against Taron Johnson of Sheldon and teammate Alex Rotteveel in the 100. Johnson is also in the 200 with a best of 21.94 from the Delta River League finals last week, as is Williamson.
Cameron Stone of Sheldon leads the section in the 400 (47.98) and will go against Walton, who has a best of 48.26. Stone and Johnson are on Sheldon’s 400 relay team that has the section’s second-fastest time of 42.32 and will push Woodcreek.
Garrett Migliozzi of Nevada Union and Arturo Sotomayor of Roseville lead the section in the 1,600. Migliozzi’s best is 4 minutes, 12.62 seconds, and Sotomayor has gone 4:14.49.
Austin Carter of Folsom also will be at Elk Grove as the section’s leading hurdler in the 110 (14.42) and 300 (37.84). In the 300 hurdles, Carter will be pushed by Monterey Trail’s Jahmar Sexton, who has the section’s No. 2 time of 38.93.
Lyndsey Settle (12.17) of Rocklin and Chinyere Dike (12.21) of Franklin top the section in the 100 and will race at Elk Grove. Settle also leads the section in the 200 (24.88), just ahead of Elk Grove’s Jazmine Smith (24.89) and Dike (24.94), making for a fast final on Friday . Smith paces the section in the 400 (55.82).
Baseball playoffs – Andrew Schantz had a game to cherish. The Vista del Lago senior on Wednesday night hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and tossed a three-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead the Eagles past Sierra of Manteca 2-0 in D-IV play. The Eagles will face Manteca for the title on Monday at Zupo Field in Lodi.
• Texas-bound pitcher Tyler Schimpf tossed a four-hitter and struck out nine, and Blair Lewis and Dom Munoz homered to lift Capital Christian past Argonaut 10-0 in D-V play on Wednesday night. The defending champion Cougars will play Golden Empire League rival Lindhurst for the title on Monday at Sacramento City College.
Football commitment – Granite Bay linebacker Cameron Smith verbally committed to USC. He started as a sophomore on the Grizzlies’ 2012 CIF State D-I title team and helped lead the team back into the playoffs last season. Smith also might start at quarterback this fall.
Letter of intent – Ponderosa swimmer Taylor Lehr signed a letter of intent with Tennessee to become the first girl in her sport in El Dorado County to earn a scholarship with a nationally ranked program. A 4.04 student, Lehr will study neuroscience in Knoxville, Tenn. Her mother, Aimee, swam at Stanford in the 1980s and has coached and led clinics for USA Swimming for years.
Lacrosse honors – Ben Parietti of Jesuit was named the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse MVP after scoring 48 goals with 11 assists. A two-time All-American, Parietti will compete for Richmond on scholarship. Scott Pink of Granite Bay and David Houseworth of Bella Vista are the co-Coaches of the Year. Granite Bay went 16-2, and Bella Vista improved from 6-13 in 2013 to 11-6 this season.
Girls D-VI soccer final – A year after being hospitalized when she hit her head on the goal post support in a 2-1 loss to Amador in the D-VI championship game, goalkeeper Ashley Klein led Capital Christian to a 1-0 victory in a rematch for the title. She didn’t allow a goal in a 3-0 postseason run for the Cougars. Korri Armbrust, the daughter of coach Greg Armbrust, scored the goal against Amador.
Double play – In a rarity, Jake Hunley coached the Christian Brothers boys and girls soccer teams to section championships in the same academic year. The CBS boys beat Central Valley 3-2 for D-III honors in the fall, and the CBS girls beat Manteca 1-0 in Saturday’s D-III final on a Nici Lopez goal.
Gary Summerhays of Del Campo won D-I titles with the boys and girls three times in the early 1990s.
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