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Track team turns in several good performances at invite

By: Staff Report
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Folsom High entered a record number of athletes in the Woody Wilson Invitational on Friday at UC Davis and had a record number of outstanding performances to boot. Right from the first event, Folsom proved it came to impress. The 3,200-meter relay team of Morgan Pugh, Maria Malone, Jessica Miller and Madi Bell set a school record in winning the event, posting a time of 9 minutes, 54.01 seconds. Malone wasn’t done, as she placed third in the mile with a personal-best time of 5:07.93. Pugh also placed eighth in the 800 in 2:22. The girls 400 relay team of Jessica Schwartz, Sarah Hockensmith, Selena George and Rachel Roots placed tenth with their best time of the season of 51.28. The mile relay team consisting of Roots, Bell, Courtney Anderson and Pugh took ninth in 4:12.8. Roots also took second in the long jump, leaping 17 feet, 1 inches, while Lani Fontillas finished 11th in 15’9”. Anderson took third in her heat in the 300 hurdles, running a personal-best time of 43.79. Rounding out the girls’ performances were Alex White and Juliette Casillas, who placed 15th and 19th overall in the 100 hurdles in 16.86 and 17.4, respectively. Hockensmith (33’7”), Sarah London (33.05) and Fontillas (32’11”) placed 11th, 14th and 16th, respectively, in the triple jump. Mike Starr had the highest finish for the boys, as he took third in the pole vault at a height of 14’6”. Starr also finished 17th in the 100 hurdles in 16.56. Jeff Carlson placed eighth in the pole vault at 13’0”. Competing in his first varsity competition, freshman Tyler Trosin placed sixth in the long jump with a freshman school record leap of 20’10”. Trosin also ran with Tommie Williams, Steve Roy and Gianni Vernon-Reynolds in the mile relay, where the foursome placed fifth in 3:28.80. Vernon-Reynolds took fourth in the triple jump (43’9”) and was fifth in the 100 meters (11.18). Williams placed 10th in the 200 meters in 23.94. The 400 relay team of Matt Baudendistel, Vernon-Reynolds, Starr and Williams placed fifth in 43.94, while the 3,200-meter relay team of Clay Daly, Ron Ringler, Patrick Cruse and Derek Woodard finished seventh in 8:34. Starr and Malone turned in the top performances at the dual meet with Monterey Trail on Wednesday. Both Starr and Malone set meet records in winning two events. Starr won the high hurdles in 15.5 seconds, as well as the pole (14 feet, 2 inches), while Malone won the 800 meters (2:30) and 1,600 (5:27). Roots also had a big day, winning the long jump with a personal-best record of 18 feet, 2.5 inches. Fontillas picked of Folsom’s only other victory, winning the triple jump at 35’3", but Folsom lost the meet, 77-50. The boys defeated Monterey Trail, 94-38. Besides Starr, other winners included Carlson (300 hurdles, 43.3), Daly (800, 2:11), Param Sandhu (3,200, 13:36), Baudendistel (long jump, 20’8.5"), Ringler (1,600, 5:01) and Nico Legarda (triple jump, 41’3"). The 4x100-relay team of Starr, Baudendistel, Vernon-Reynolds and Williams also won with a time of 44.2. Folsom visits Sheldon today at 4 p.m. in the last league dual of the season. On Saturday the Bulldogs compete in the Meet of Champions at Hughes Stadium.