The Woodcreek High School boys 400-meter relay team won’t be satisfied with anything less than a state championship.
That’s a tall order, considering the last time a boys 400 relay team from this region won a state title was 1987 when Johnson won in 41.3 seconds.
But the Woodcreek team of Alex Rotteveel, Tyus Williamson, Aspyn Walton and Colton George have reason to be confident. They entered last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I team finals at Elk Grove High with a state-leading time of 41.37 seconds, and they lowered that to 40.93 in their victory. No other 400 relay team in the state has cracked 41 seconds this season.
They are favored to win at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters today and Friday, also at Elk Grove, and should contend for a title at the CIF State Championships June 6-7 in Fresno.
Said Walton: “It’s incredible what we’re doing. We’re confident.”
Other races to watch at the Masters meet include the boys 400 meters. Cameron Stone of Sheldon won the D-I section title last week in a state-leading time of 46.99 seconds. Walton was second in 47.20, the state’s second-best time, and will likely challenge Stone again.
Taron Johnson of Sheldon won the D-I boys 200 meters in 21.65, with Walton finishing third in 21.84 and Williamson fourth in 22.16. Johnson and Stone also run legs on Sheldon’s 4x400 relay that won the D-I race in 3 minutes, 15.68 seconds, the section’s fastest time and fourth best in Northern California. Roseville was second in 3:17.08, the second best in the section this season.
In the boys 800 meters, Arturo Sotomayor of Roseville won in a meet-record 1:52.08, second best in the state this season. He also runs on Roseville’s 4x400 relay.
Folsom hurdler Austin Carter won both the 300-meter and 110-meter races, beating Kyle Clancy of Davis both times. Carter, the section leader in both races, has best times of 14.38 seconds in the 110 and 37.14 in the 300, second best in the state. and looks to repeat this week. Garrett Migliozzi of Nevada Union won the boys 1,600 D-I title in 4:10.35.
Brian Graber of Granite Bay and Jose Gonzales of Modesto are the top contenders in the high jump. Their best of 6 feet, 9 inches, at the Sacramento Meet of Champions last month, makes them the section co-leaders and tied for second best in Northern California by an inch. But Davis’ Clancy won the D-I meet last week at 6-7.
Kameron Williams of Rosemont is the section leader in the triple jump, clearing 48-31/2 in last week’s D-III team finals. Nate Harper of Davis is the section leader in the pole vault at 15-6, and he helped the Blue Devils win the D-I boys team title. Michael Titherington is the section leader in the shot put, and his best of 63-01/2 makes him the Northern California leader.
The girls 800 is expected to be close, based on the D-I final won by Brittany Anselmo of Ponderosa in 2:16.36, just ahead of Maddy Lyons of Del Oro (2:16.88) and Ashley Kittle of Woodcreek (2:16.98). Lyndsey Settle of Rocklin and Jazmine Smith of Elk Grove are the section leaders in the 200 in 24.88 and 24.89, respectively. Smith is the section leader in the 400 in 55.82.
Meghan Tucker of Placer and Mackenzie Arnold of River Valley are the Northern California leaders in the long jump with bests of 20-1 and 19-101/2, respectively. Melissa Maneatis of Del Oro and Lea Fong of Placer are the section leaders in the pole vault in 12-6 and 12-1, respectively.
Troubadour time – St. Francis repeated as D-I girls section team champion, edging Vacaville 85-83. Sophomore Lilly Enes beat Elk Grove’s Smith, the section leader, in the 400 in 56.25 and Lauren LaRocco beat section leader Fiona O’Keefe of Davis for the first time in the 1,600, winning in a school-record 4:57.51. LaRocco had been sidelined for six weeks because of an injury. O’Keefe beat LaRocco in the 3,200 (10:39.11 to 10:44.47). St. Francis’ 4x400 relay team of Enes, Kiana Reyna, Amanda Schnabel and Sydney Hunter sealed the title with a victory in 3:48.10.
CO moments – Cosumnes Oaks won its fourth consecutive D-IV girls team title. Natsumi McGee runs the sprints and is on the relays and Tais Marinho excels in the jumps. Coach Jeff Adams said he hangs the section banners on the storage sheds next to the track because “we don’t run races in the gym, where most hang their pennants.”
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