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Locals cram into finals at Masters

Track & Field
By: Journal Sports Staff
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By Journal Sports Staff Dylan Swisley’s track and field season will last at least one more day. The Placer High senior was one of several athletes from the foothills to earn shots at Sac-Joaquin Section titles on Thursday at the Masters Meet Trials at Sacramento City College. Swisley raced to the finals in the 100 hurdles clocking the fifth-fastest qualifying time at 15.47 seconds. Swisley will have a busy day today, competing in the hurdles final and the pole vault. She’s hoping to land in the top three in either event, which would earn her a spot at next week’s CIF State Championship meet at Buchanan High in Clovis. In the 300 hurdles, a pair of local competitors snared qualifying spots. Golden Sierra junior Julianne Curtis took eighth and Colfax senior Andrea Severson placed ninth to nail down the last spot in the finals race. Del Oro junior Kelsey Seaman qualified for the finals in the 800, clocking in at 2:22.94 to place eighth Thursday. In the girls shot put, Bear River senior Madalyn Groulx placed ninth with a toss of 37 feet, 9.25 inches. Del Oro junior Jessica Mixon leaped to 15th place in the high jump, clearing 4-9. The Golden Eagles’ 4x400 relay squad took seventh in qualifying, running a 4:03.38. Placer, Golden Sierra and Bear River failed to qualify for today’s final. In the 4x100, Del Oro snagged the eighth qualifying spot in 49.59 while Colfax (51.70) and Placer (51.91) missed out on the final. Competing in the same qualifying heat Thursday, Placer and Del Oro’s boys 4x400 relay teams pushed each other to the finals. The Hillmen clocked in at 3:25.40 to place eighth while the Eagles took ninth in 3:26.25. Placer’s Derrick Hinch saw his stellar senior season come to an end Thursday. Hinch cleared 14 feet, 4 inches to place sixth in the pole vault. He missed the at-large qualifying mark for the state championships by six inches. Colfax senior Justin Goyer cleared 12-10 to tie for 16th. Rocklin senior Robbie Simmons won the Masters Meet, clearing 16-4. Lucas Stancliff will represent the Hillmen in the 800 after nabbing the ninth and final qualifying spot on Thursday, running a 1:57.97. The junior will also compete in the 1600 today. Golden Sierra senior Nelson Mishler missed out on the finals in the 300 hurdles, taking 15th in 41.61.