Del Oro comes up golden at Placer's 75th LeFebvre Relays

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Five records were broken and Del Oro High School swept all three divisions at the 75th LeFebvre Relays at Placer High Friday.

The Golden Eagles claimed team victories in the junior varsity boys, varsity boys and varsity girls divisions.

The Eagles’ varsity girls (79 points) topped second-place St. Francis (74) and third-place Damonte Ranch (71) in the standings.

In the varsity boys ranks, Del Oro (77) was followed by Center (68) and Damonte Ranch (64).

The JV Del Oro boys (105) won with room to spare, as Damonte Ranch (93) was second and Placer was third.

The Eagles also took home the Bobby Osborne Spirit and Sportsmanship award, which was selected by coaches of the participating teams.

Osborne was a field athlete at Placer who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1994. He was considered to be an inspirational young man whose positive attitude influenced those around him and endeared him to friends and foes alike.

Damonte Ranch’s varsity boys set a new 400-meter relay record with a time of 42.8 seconds. The previous record was set by Cordova in 1973 with a time of 43.1.

Two varsity girls records were also broken. Del Oro, with a time of 39.56, set a new record for the 4-by-65 shuttle hurdles. Lodi held the previous one of 40.09, which was set in 2008. St. Francis’ distance medley group, with a time of 12:28.15, beat the 1998 Placer record of 12:31.91.

In the frosh/soph division, Placer’s discus team of Jacob Capra, Johnny Capra and Mason Sage tallied a total of 358 feet, 9 inches on their throws to beat Woodland’s 2003 record of 344-1. A Del Campo athlete set an individual discus record of 128-1, beating a Woodland thrower’s 126-1 record set in 2003.

Placer’s Toby Qualls won the varsity 3,200-meter varsity boys race and Moshe McCarter took the JV 3,200.

Though Qualls is a senior, it was first his Placer relays as he transferred at the beginning of the year.

“I like it a lot,” Qualls said of the event. “I’m impressed with the turnout and all the teams here. We had some good competition, so I liked it a lot.

Qualls also teamed with Gama Gomez, Viktor Dorofeyev and Zach Stelzer to win the 4-by-800.

Placer’s varsity girls won the high jump and triple jump.

The triple jump team included Lea Fong, Fiona Ochs and Kerry McCullough, who was the individual winner.   

McCullough also teamed with Becky Mathews and Ellie Feis to win the team high jump.

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