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Local athletes enjoy Golden West experience

By: Matt Long
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Local athletes competed alongside some of the country’s best high school athletes in the 50th annual adidas Golden West Invitational Track and Field Meet held Saturday at Prairie City Stadium at Folsom High School. Vista del Lago sophomore Emily Cooper turned in a solid performance as she placed fifth in the 100-meter dash in 12.43 seconds and followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the 200 meters in 25.52. Not only was she fast, but she was competing against older girls and she more than held her own. Vista teammate Narissa Tsuboi joined Cooper on the track, as she placed second in the freshman 100-meter dash in 12.66. Folsom High’s Makenzie Harsch finished third in 13.25. Like Cooper, Folsom High senior Sarah Hockensmith competed in two events, placing seventh in both the long jump (15 feet, 10 inches) and the triple jump (34’4”). Teammate Mike Starr placed sixth in the pole vault (14’10”), as did Tyler Trosin in the long jump (20’7”). Coming off a third-place finish in the state meet, Starr was hoping to do a little better than he did. “I was feeling sick most of the week and skipped some practices,” Starr said. “There was a new runway put in so I didn’t have any home-field advantage. It was fun being there and I had a good time, but I didn’t have a good day vaulting.” Oak Ridge had four participants with Hayley Scott turning in the top finish, as she placed sixth in the 800 meters in 2:15.95. Like Starr, while she enjoyed competing in the meet, she wasn’t thrilled with her performance. “I wanted to run a p.r. (personal record) but I didn’t do it,” Scott said. “For being as tired as I was, it could have been worse. Since I didn’t take any time off, I was just running it for fun. I started off OK, but like in the state meet, I had trouble finishing the race because those girls were so fast.” Jenna Yowell placed seventh in the pole vault by clearing the bar at 10’0”. Nathan Williams, a recent transfer from Centennial High in Las Vegas, ran seventh in the mile in 4:29.43, while Amjed Aboukhadijeh placed 11th in 4:36.99. Among the top performers of the day overall, Colorado’s Mason Finley won both the shot put (69’6 ¼”) and discus (207’2”). The 6’8”, 330-pound senior from Buena Vista High is headed to UCLA on a track and field scholarship. Jordan Hasay of Mission College Prep won the mile run for the third time in her career, finishing in 4:44.28, 16 seconds in front of the second-place finisher. Hasay will attend the University of Oregon next fall on a track and field scholarship. Tavaris Tate, the nation’s leading prep 400-meter runner and defending Golden West 400-meter champ, won the race again this year in 46.46, more than a second over the second-place finisher. Finally, Trinity Wilson of St. Mary’s High in California won the 100-meter hurdles in 13.77, a national record for 14-year-olds. Meet Director and Oak Ridge High assistant track and field coach John Mansoor was pleased with how the meet went. “I thought the meet went very well, other than the windy conditions that affected some of the performances,” Mansoor said. “But there was nothing we could have done about that. Everything else went well and we had a decent crowd so I thought we had outstanding support.” For more results, visit goldenwestinvitational.org.