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Wheeler medals in the hurdles

Nielsen takes sixth in triple jump
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Del Oro High senior Casey Wheeler brought home a pair of medals from the CIF State Track and Field Championships Saturday in Clovis. Wheeler started with an outstanding fifth place showing in the 110-meter hurdles. He ran a personal best of 14.35 seconds. Lloyd Sicard of Serra won the 110 hurdles in 14.09. The hurdlers moved back to the 300-meter mark and Wheeler was again right in the mix. The Sacramento State-bound Wheeler finished in 37.86 seconds to place sixth. He was just .16 seconds behind event winner Jarrett Gonzales, from Damien. Bear River senior Kendal Nielsen also performed well in her high school swan song. On Saturday evening Nielsen triple jumped 38 feet, 7.5 inches to lock up sixth place in the state. Nielsen, who will compete at Cal Poly next year, had a season and career-best of 39-4.5. In the triple jump prelims, Nielsen cleared 38-5.5. In the long jump, Nielsen had another strong showing. She leaped 18 feet, 7.5 inches, which was good for eighth place. Del Oro senior Brie Simmons made the finals in the 300 hurdles, clocking a 44.10 to place ninth. Fairfield standout Daje Pugh won the state title in the 300 hurdles. Simmons missed the finals in her other two events ? the 100 hurdles and the 100-meter dash. In the girls pole vault, Placer junior Shelby Crider made her first two jumps, but could not clear 11-6 and placed 17th after getting over the bar at 11-3. Del Oro freshman Melissa Maneatis also cleared 11-3 before missing on three attempts and settling for 19th. Del Oro?s 4x400 relay squad placed fifth in its preliminary heat on Friday and missed Saturday?s final. The Eagles finished in 3:20.85. The Del Oro girls ran a 4:05:55 to place seventh in their 4x400 heat.