Folsom to send nine to Masters track and field championships

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Folsom High will have a strong contingent competing at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships. Nine athletes and one relay team will compete at the meet on Friday and Saturday at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. Blanka Hodur ran eighth in the 3,200-meter run at the Division I section championships Thursday to qualify for Masters. Her time of 11 minutes, 26 seconds, was a personal-best record and is fifth-best at Folsom High behind former standout Folsom runners Natasha LaBeaud, Maria Malone, Jamie Witt and Michelle Solone. Madi Bell also qualified for Masters, as she won her heat in the 800 meters in 2:21.45, which was the second-best time of the trials. She will have to hustle to Folsom High after competing at Sacramento City on Thursday for graduation. Fellow Folsom High female qualifiers include Sarah London, Shelli Coverdale and Jessica Gannon. London triple jumped a personal-best 35 feet, 4 ¼ inches to make the finals where she finished fourth to qualify for Masters. Coverdale pole vaulted 8’5” to earn the final qualifying spot to Masters, while Gannon high jumped 5’0” to make it, despite being hampered by an injured knee. Doug Vernon, Scott Hayes and Tyler Trosin qualified for the boys. Vernon placed ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 43’7”. Hayes placed seventh in the pole vault with a vault of 12’3”, while Trosin placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 21’3”. Derek Woodard also qualified for the Bulldogs, finishing second in the 800 meters in 2:01.07. The boy’s 4x400-meter team also qualified despite not reaching the section finals. Tyler Mathis, Trosin, Woodard and Mike Geist ran a personal-best time of 3:29.97 to qualify. Just missing out on qualifying for Masters were Robbie Yemene and Mike Geist. Yemene placed 28th in the 800 in 2:09, while Geist finished 17th in the pole vault at 11’3”.