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Colfax throwers learn on the fly

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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SACRAMENTO — Michelle Walker and Danny Walker, don’t just share the same last name. The Colfax seniors, who are not related, also have similar accomplishments as members of the track and field team. They hoped to continue their winning tradition at the CIF Sac Joaquin Section Division II and III championships Friday. Going up against bigger schools made for tougher competition according to Colfax jumps coach, Kyle Stowers. “All of the schools are bigger than us, but we are holding our own and expect to give good competition,” Stowers said. “We have great kids on the track and in the classroom. We have a very well-rounded team.” Danny was the Pioneer Valley League shot put champion, while Michelle was the No. 2 discus thrower in the PVL. Both athletes have also made a name for themselves in other sports. Danny’s strength and competitive nature earned him all-league honors as a defensive lineman for the Falcons football team. Michelle was the PVL’s Most Valuable Player, as a member of the basketball team. Though Michelle just learned to throw the discus about three weeks ago she placed 21st at division championships Friday, with her best throw measuring 87 feet, 7 inches. Falcons discus and shot put coach, Mondo Alonso said Michelle was a natural at throwing. “She is blessed with athleticism, just a quick learner,” Alonso said. ”Had she been here all four years who knows...” Michelle said while she has enjoyed her time throwing the discus, basketball is her true love. She will play for Sierra College in the fall. Danny finished in the shot put in the No. 16 spot with a throw of 43.01. He said he channels his energy from football into his field event. “I’m really competitive and I really want to go out and be the best,” Danny said. “It probably just makes me more competitive when I see some of the guys I play football against from other teams.” Falcon triple jumper Brennan Holman, took ninth place, making him an alternate for Masters next week. Girls triple jumper sophomore Alysia Laidlaw tied for the No. 13 spot. “I really wanted to be a sprinter, but I realized midway through my first season that I’m really not much of a runner,” Laidlaw said. “(Stowers) had seen me do plyometrics and jumping in P.E. and knew I wasn’t very good. I don’t know what happened though, the first time I ever did it I ended up coming in second.” Laidlaw said she works on improving her build-ups to get her speed and reaches Giving Michelle some competition in the throws were Becky Feis and Danielle Fitts of Placer. Feis took 12th, with 97.11. Fitts took 25th in the discus, but made her mark in the shot put placing 12th.Fitts, a sophomore was also awarded the rising star award at the Placer track banquet. She said she was rooting on Feis as she attempted to break 100 feet.