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Track teams run to Division II titles

By: Staff Report
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Casey Wheeler, Brie Simmons and Amy Heyn each won multiple events last Friday at Bella Vista to help spur the Del Oro High boys and girls track teams to respective CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II championships. With Wheeler winning both hurdle events and also running a leg on the pivotal first place finishing 4x400 meter relay team, the Del Oro boys scored 100 points to finish just ahead of second-place Oakmont?s 98 total. Del Oro?s girls, meanwhile, received three wins and a second-place finish from Brie Simmons and a pair of middle distance aces by Heyn to roll up 128 points and outscore second-place finishing Rocklin?s 108 total. The top eight finishing athletes from last week?s meet qualify for this week?s CIF Masters Meet on Thursday and Friday at Elk Grove High School. The ninth-place finishing athletes qualified as alternates for the CIF meet. For Del Oro?s boys, the section divisional title came down to the meet?s final event, the 4x400 meter relay. With the Eagles trying to finish at least third place or higher to assure the team crown, Del Oro?s quartet of Wheeler, Blake Covey, Johnathon Tuttle and James Corbett clicked off a 3:21.31 winning time to nip second-place Vallejo?s 3:21.95 time. Wheeler had earlier picked up big wins for Del Oro in the 100 hurdles in a season best 14.38 and then came back to win the 300 hurdles in 38.45 seconds. Del Oro picked up another big win as Trevor Stephens captured the 3200 meters in 9:35.80 seconds, while teammate Sam Baker was fourth in the 1600 meters in 4:24.75. Also scoring key points for Del Oro were Corbett, who was seventh in the 300 hurdles (40.66); Keith Allred, who placed ninth in the 110 hurdles (16.35); and Quentin Baldwin, who placed ninth in the discus (140-02). John Hodge also pole vaulted 12 feet two inches to place 10th. With Simmons winning the 100 (12.30), the 100 hurdles (14.2) and the 300 hurdles (43.64) and placing second in the 200 (26.02), the Lady Eagles built an early lead in the girls division that they were able to maintain throughout the meet. Sophomore Amy Heyn was spectacular as she won the 800 in 2:17.76 and then captured the 1600 meters in 5:03.25. Del Oro also received big points from the Maneatis sisters in the pole vault as freshman Melissa won the event at 11 feet eight inches, and sister Jennifer, a senior, was fifth at 9 feet 9 inches. Del Oro?s 4x400 relay team comprised of Amy Heyn, Dominique Tristant, Sydney Proiette and Kristen Schumacher ran a time of 4:03.06 to finish in third place. Del Oro also picked up big points from Alexa Lua, who was eighth in the 3200 meters in 11:38.84; and Megan Gentes, who took ninth in 11:46.60. Prioette was ninth in the 400 meters in 1:00.37; while Lauren Heyn grabbed a pair of ninth place finishes, 33-8.5 in the shot put, and 105-4 in the discus. CIF Div. II Track Boys 1. Del Oro, 100 2. Oakmont, 98 3. Whitney, 64 4. McClatchy, 64 5. Rocklin, 60 6. Vallejo, 56 7. Cordova, 52 8. Granite Bay, 52 9. Woodcreek, 44 10. Del Campo, 38 Girls 1. Del Oro, 128 2. Rocklin, 108 3. Oakmont, 56 4. Woodcreek, 54 5. Bear River, 52 6. Vallejo, 50 7. Nevada Union, 39 8. Vallejo, 38 9. River Valley, 32