44th Del Oro Invitational Runs Friday

Twenty-one schools to compete
By: Staff Report
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Over 500 athletes are expected to converge on Del Oro High’s Golden Eagle Stadium Friday as the Black and Gold track team hosts its 44th annual Invitational track and field meet. Twenty-one schools enter the competition, which includes 12:30 p.m. trials and 3 p.m. running event finals. Field events also start at 3 p.m., with boys and girls varsity levels competing along with frosh-soph boys and girls. Along with the host Golden Eagles, participating schools include Roseville, Placer, Colfax, Reed of Sparks, Nev.; Folsom, Churchill County of Fallon, Nev.; Woodland, Union Mine, Whitney, Wheatland, Rio Americano, Antelope, Manteca, Golden Sierra, Mira Loma, Sacramento Country Day, Nevada Union, Galt, Foothill and Argonaut from Jackson. In action from last weekend’s Thunder Invitational at Rocklin High, the Del Oro varsity girls team placed second with 41 points. Del Oro’s boys, meanwhile, competed without some of its top athletes and still placed fifth, with 26 points. Del Oro’s frosh-soph girls finished in fourth place, with 43 points. Del Oro’s Brie Simmons set two new meet records when she won the 100 hurdles, in 14.54 seconds and the 300 hurdles, in 44.54 seconds. Simmons placed third in the 100-yard dash, in 12.15 seconds. Melissa Maneatis captured the girls pole vault with a jump of 11 feet six inches. Melissa’s sister, Jennifer, was sixth (9-6), while Siena Morgan took seventh (8-6). Dominique Tristant was also seventh in the varsity girls 400, in 1:02. Sophomore Austin Smith had one of the top varsity boys showing as he took second in the 400 meters, with a time of 50.86 seconds. Teammate Johnathon Tuttle, another sophomore, was eighth, in 52.51. Other top boys varsity efforts came from 110 hurdler Keith Allred, who placed fifth, in 15.96 seconds, and James Corbett, another sophomore, who placed second in the 300 hurdles, in 41.26 seconds. In the girls frosh-soph division, the 4x100 relay team of Kristen Schumacher, Hannah Jordan, Claire Chappell and Kelli Bates placed first, with a time of 53.13 seconds. In the 800 meters, Victoria Orsi (2:39.40) placed fourth, while Malory Mullins was fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.26). The 4x400 relay team of Mullins, McKenna Mitchell, Cassidy Chrise and Aleena Gingerich also took second, with an effort of 4:31.91.