Top field expected for 45th Del Oro Invitational

Longtime track event set for Friday afternoon
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Del Oro’s track and field team will play host to its 45th Del Oro Invitational Friday. Action is set to get going with field events starting at 1 p.m. with running events following at 2 p.m.

Del Oro track coach Dustin Fee expects a good afternoon of competition with a strong field of teams lined up for this year’s meet.

“It should be a good meet,” said Fee. “We have four other SFL teams entered, Lincoln of Stockton and St. Mary’s of Stockton and also some good teams coming from Nevada. It should be exciting.”

Competing with Del Oro from the SFL will be athletes from Nevada Union, Woodcreek, Rocklin and Roseville. Also entered are Folsom, Lincoln of Stockton, St. Mary’s of Stockton, Del Campo, Mira, Loma, Antelope and Whitney.

In addition, squads from Colfax, Placer, Rio Linda, Center, Argonaut, Kimball of Tracy, Manteca, Sutter, Wheatland, and Western Sierra Collegiate Academy are also entered.

Nevada teams include Damonte Ranch, Reno and McQueen, all from Reno, Reed from Sparks and Churchill County from Fallon.

Some interesting races should shape up throughout the event.

 In the boys 100 meters, a swift field will see a battle between Robert Ellis (10.83) of Center, Woodcreek’s Mitchell Layton (10.84), Javonte Norman of St. Mary’s (10.84) and Damon Jackson (10.84) of Lincoln of Stockton.

In the boys 200 meters, both Joel Bergstrom of McQueen and Dominic Graves of Damonte Ranch have clocked 22.17 times.

Hurdlers to watch include Alonzo Easter of Lincoln of Stockton who has posted a 14.74 110 high time and a 39.74 300 effort. Del Oro’s James Corbett (40.44) should push Easter in the 300s.

Sprinter Sebastian Feyersinger of McQueen brings some impressive times into the meet as he has clocked a 21.93 200 meters, and also has ran the 400 in 48.77. Trevor Stephens, meanwhile, of Del Oro comes into the meet with a good 4:22.73 time in the 1600 meters.

In the pole vault, Del Oro freshman Jacob Bowler and Rocklin’s Connor Besmer, both who have gone 14 feet, hope to be able to hang with Zack Supple of McQueen, the Nevada state leader at 15-6.

Other top field event leaders include Austin Perry of Colfax (55-2) in the shot put and Center high jumper Xavier Howell who has cleared 6-8.

In the girls division, Del Oro’s 4x400 relay team of Amy Heyn, Dominique Tristant, Sydney Proiette and Amanda Baker (4:07.55) figure to battle with St. Mary’s, Del Campo and Rocklin for top honors.

Other girls to watch include Reed’s Adrian Newell who has a 56.73 400 meters to her credit along with a 25.10 200 time.