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Local teams finish strong at Stanford Invite

Simmons runs nation’s fourth fastest 400 meter hurdles time of year
By: Journal Sports Report
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The Placer High track team sent a small contingent to the Stanford Invite over the weekend where the Hillmen ran and jumped with some of the best track and field athletes on the West Coast. The boys 4X800 relay team received the Hillmen’s highest marks of the weekend with a fourth-place finish in the event. They ran a time of 8 minutes, 24.78 seconds. Meghan Tucker was eighth in the girls long jump at 16-6 and teammate Shelby Crider tied for 10th in the pole vault at 10-11.75. Del Oro brought several relay teams with it but found the most success on the individual side. Senior hurdler Casey Wheeler won his first heat of the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.96 then came in second in the finals with at 14.90 to James Warwick of Modesto Christian who ran a 14.80. Senior Blake Covey finished fourth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.78. Trevor Stephens continued his excellent season with a fourth-place finish in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:23.64. On the girls’ side, Amy Heyn finished fifth in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:16.85. Senior Brie Simmons finished third in the 100 meter hurdles at 14.66 and ran a 14.53 in the qualifying heat to set a school record. She also finished second in the 400 meter hurdles at 63.99, just .15 out of the lead, for the fourth fastest time in the nation this year, according to Del Oro coach Dustin Fee.