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Bulldogs top team at invite

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High's track team showcased its depth at all levels on Saturday at the Bella Vista Invitational. The Bulldogs were crowned the overall meet champions, following a second-place finish by the varsity boys, a third-place finish by the varsity girls, while the freshman-sophomore boys took fourth. Mike Starr had a great day for the Bulldogs, winning the pole vault with a vault 14 feet, 3 inches, just three inches shy of the school record. Starr also placed fourth in the 110 hurdles in 15.53 seconds and ran on the second-place 4x100-meter relay team with Matt Baudendistel, Gianni Vernon-Reynolds and Tommie Williams. The team finished second to Jesuit with a time of 44.12, just three-hundredths of a second behind the Marauders. Folsom posted a big win in the 4x400-meter relay. Williams, Steve Roy, Jeff Carlson and Vernon-Reynolds combined to win the race, featuring a 49.88 anchor leg by Vernon-Reynolds. Williams also took fourth in the 100 meters in 11.51 and made the finals in the 200 meters in 23.63, which he didn't run so he could save himself for the 4x400 relay. While Starr won the pole vault, Carlson tied for second by clearing the bar at 13 feet. Vernon-Reynolds also took second in the long jump (20 feet, 6 inches) and was seventh in the triple jump (39'3). Clayton Daly placed seventh in the 800 meters in 2:03, while also taking eighth in the 1,600 meters in 4:31. Both marks were personal-best records for Daly. Nico Legarda finished eighth in the triple jump in 39'2, while Ron Ringler finished 10th in the 3,200 in 10:18. For the girls, Lani Fontillas led the varsity girls, as she won the long jump with a distance of 15'10, and also took second in the triple jump (33'10). Fontillas also ran on the third-place 4x100-meter relay team with Juliet Casillas, Sarah Hockensmith and Selena George, who finished with a time of 52.08. As the anchor runner, Fontillas brought the team from sixth to third. Morgan Pugh picked up a win for the Lady Bulldogs, placing first in the 800 with a time of 2:23.84. Pugh also placed sixth in the 1,600 in 5:21.13. Teammate Maria Malone finished fourth in 5:16. Blanka Hodur (5:41), Alysse Kinoshita (5:54) and Jess Miller (5:51) all ran personal-best times. Courtney Anderson placed third in the 300 hurdles in 49.46, and also ran on the fifth-place 1,600-meter relay team with Christina Maguire, Hockensmith and Madi Bell (4:20.7). Alex White placed sixth in the 100 hurdles in 17.10, while Sarah London finished sixth in the long jump (14'9). Jessica Gannon placed sixth in the high jump (4'10), while Jenna Crouch was seventh at the same height. Casillas finished eighth in the 300 hurdles in 51.7, while Hodur finished eighth in the 3,200 in 12:04. Bell also placed eighth in the 400 in 1:04.08, while London was ninth in the triple jump (31'2). Tyler Trosin continues to perform well for the freshman-sophomore boys. Trosin won the 200 meters in 23.47, 400 meters (52.88) long jump (20'5 ¼) and also ran on the winning 4x400 relay team with Derek Woodard, Mike Campbell and Pat Cruse (3:39.9). Trosin's long jump broke his own freshman record. Cruse also picked up a win, taking first in the 800 in 2:06.19. Ken Tao placed sixth in the 110 hurdles in 18.39, while Woodard placed 10th in the 800 in 2:12 Folsom plays host to Florin today for a dual meet, while it prepares for Saturday's Stanford Invitational. Invited to compete at Stanford will be Maria Malone (3,000 and mile run), Lani Fontillas (triple jump), Gianni Vernon-Reynolds (long jump, triple jump), Mike Starr (pole vault, high hurdles) and Courtney Anderson (300 hurdles). Folsom will also field relay teams in the girls' 4x100 (Fontillas, Rachel Roots, Sarah Hockensmith, Juliette Casillas) and the 4x400 (Anderson, Roots, Madi Bell, Morgan Pugh).