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Folsom track athletes have busy week

By: Staff Report
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Between a dual meet with Ponderosa and the Del Oro and Woody Wilson invitationals, it was a busy week for Folsom High’s track and field team. Doug Vernon placed fourth in the triple jump at the Woody Wilson Invite at UC Davis, posting a distance of 43 feet, 9 inches. Mackenzie Harsch took second in her heat and 16th overall in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 12.96 seconds. At the Del Oro Invitational, the distance runners had a great performance, posting some of the best times by Folsom runners in history. Sam Scheuer ran the third-fastest time in the 3,200 of 9:34 to place third, while Vinnie Morin ran a 9:44 and took sixth for the fourth-fastest mark. In the 1,500, Aaron Burkhead ran a 4:21.27 for the third-best time and Scheuer was just behind with the fourth-best time of 4:21.44, as the two Folsom runners finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Vivian Lam also placed sixth in the 1,500, finishing in 5:18.3, while Blake Shaw posted a personal-best mark in the 800 of 2:08.4. At the freshman-sophomore level, Muna Alhamad turned in a spectacular performance, winning two events with meet-record performances. She won the 1,500 with a time of 5:11.67, breaking the old record by five seconds and then won the 800 meters with negative splits of 1:19 and 1:10 for a time of 2:29.53. After pole vaulting in the hot sun for more than two hours, Katie Bock won the 3,000 in 11:57.97, while Ariana Lewis took second in the 100 (13.45) and fourth in the 200 (28.52). Ashley Anderson won her heat in the 800 in 2:49, while Cameron Estep had a personal-best mark in the discus with a 69-11.5. For the boys, Seth Rockenbock and Garrick Johnson placed sixth and eighth in the 200 meters in 24.48 and 25.38, respectively. Jose Higareda placed second in the pole vault with a personal-best 10-6 vault, while Tim Scott and Peter Merrill (9-6) placed sixth and seventh, respectively. In the dual with Ponderosa, the Bruins won both varsity meets easily, but Folsom did have four first-place finishers. Burkhead won the 800 in 2:08 for the boys, while Harsch 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.7) and Katie Pettinghill claimed the 100 hurdles in 16.4. For the freshman-sophomore boys, Rockenbock won the 100 (24.9); Jake Klaiber placed first in the high jump (5-4) and Higareda, Scott and Merrill all pole vaulted 9-6. Alhamad ran to first in the 200 (28.9) and 400 (1:02.6), while Bock won the 800 (2:43) and pole vault (7-6). Lewis won the 100 (13.5) and 200 (28.2) and combined with Alhamad, Bock and Michelle Hanson to win the 4x400-meter relay (1:09.6). Anderson won the 1,600 in 6:23, while Estep won the discus with a throw of 68-6.