Granite Bay shocks itself in winning Masters 4x100 relay

Vista del Lago duo finishes 1-2 in 3,200; Antelope sprinter claims 200
By: Trevor Horn/Special to Gold Country News Service
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ELK GROVE — It’s not every day that an athlete can surprise himself.

But with a Sac-Joaquin Section-best 42.05 seconds for the Granite Bay boys’ 4x100 relay team at the Masters track and field championships Friday, relay anchor Colin Brown didn’t believe it when he heard the time.

“I thought that was another team. I was shocked,” Brown said at Elk Grove High School. “We have run 42.60s this season in relays. We got a record by .5 at the Masters. That’s incredible.”

The Grizzlies’ previous best was a 42.6, and they were seeded sixth after a preliminary time of 42.84 on Thursday.

Granite Bay was in a mix of three teams going into the final leg of the race. Brown said he got a good start off sophomore Lucas Baiocchi’s handoff.

“It looked like it was pretty tight, and I got out fast,” Brown said.

As the lone senior on the relay team with Baiocchi, sophomore Tyler Brendel and junior Tony Ellison, Brown feels fortunate to have won a state title in football in the fall and now is headed to the state meet in track.

“I feel like the luckiest man right now,” Brown said. “It was surprising in football to win state. We go down to Carson and now are going to the track meet in Clovis. It’s incredible. It’s quite a story and a short list to be on.”

Brendel’s older brother, Trent, won the 1,600 meters mere minutes after Tyler ran the second leg of the relay. Trent Brendel took the lead in the final 200 meters and finished with a personal- and school-record time of 4:13.94.

“This feels fantastic. I felt so good,” Brendel said. “It’s phenomenal. I just came through really comfortable, and in the third lap, fourth lap, I was ready to turn it on. And it went. It went for sure, and I just felt it.”

Vista’s 1-2 punch goes the distance

Vista del Lago distance runners Madeleine Ankhelyi and Clare Carroll registered an impressive 1-2 finish in the girls 3,200. Ankhelyi won the Masters title with a section-best 10:28.21. Carroll ran a personal-best 10:35.45. The previous best this season was a 10:49.88 by Carroll.

“I had a strong hope for it,” Carroll said. “I was hoping for the best and race our hardest and see what happens.”

Added Ankhelyi: “It’s nice to know my teammate is behind me. When they are announcing and I hear ‘Clare Carroll’ and I am like, ‘OK, we do this in training. We do this in our sleep.’ ”

Ellis’ redemption song

Antelope senior Robert Ellis repeated as Masters champion in the 200 with a time of 21.32, a personal best and the top mark this year in the section.

Ellis finished second to Jesuit senior Austin Mitsch in the 100 and didn’t want a repeat later in the evening.

“Austin Mitsch is a great runner. He got me in the 100, but I just pushed and I got him in the 200 to defend my title,” Ellis said. “I got my lifetime best and I am happy. I can barely speak right now because I am so happy.”

Ellis celebrated with his arms raised and stood on the winner’s podium for a few moments to pose for pictures.

Vaulting up

Del Oro sophomore Melissa Maneatis, Placer junior Lea Fong and Granite Bay senior Annelise Spargo all pole vaulted 11 feet, 6 inches to tie for second behind winner Kylee Trageser of Ponderosa (13-0).

However, Maneatis did it on her second attempt compared to Spargo and Fong, who were three of the five finalists vying for the top-three finish. The tie-breaker between Spargo and Fong went back to the 11-3 jump, which Spargo did on her first attempt, Fong on her second try.

Spargo finished third and qualified for the state meet. Fong medaled in fourth place. The 11-6 jump was a personal record for both.

“I am excited because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it this year, my senior year,” said Spargo, who finished fifth at Masters in 2012.