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DHS tracksters split with St. Francis, Jesuit

Nate Stenson tries to clear 6'6" in the high jump. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise Photo

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March 10, 2011 | Leave Comment

So early in the season, yet such an important barometer of where three of the best area track and field teams stand with one another.

In a tri-meet Wednesday on Halden Field in Ron & Mary Brown Stadium, Davis High got a split as the Blue Devil girls managed a handy win over St. Francis while the DHS boys dropped a decision to Jesuit.

The two visitors are the defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions.

“We had a great meet all the way around,” Davis head coach Spencer Elliott said. “All of the scores were pretty close … and it was all a lot of fun.”

The Devil girls, who a couple of years back won section titles, topped the Troubadours, 81-50. The boys — who have finished second in the section to Jesuit each of the past two seasons — fell to the Marauders, 79-57.

“We’ve got some work to do in some areas, but overall we had a lot of really awesome performances and we’re really hopeful and excited about the rest of the season,” Elliott continued.

On the boys side, Nate Stenson and Ian Rock recorded two-event victories – Stenson’s 6-4 high jump being one of Elliott’s highlights of the day.

“I was really excited about Nate’s jump,” Elliott added.

Stenson also went 40-7½ to win the triple jump and finished third in the long jump.

While Stenson (jumping near the south end zone) entertained about 400 fans gathered for the Wednesday afternoon competition, Rock had closed out his Jesuit competitors at 15-0 in the pole vault and was attempting personal bests at 15-8 and one unofficial try at 16-0.

He settled for the win at 15 feet after winning the long jump with a 21-7 effort about an hour before.

So what does the veteran senior have for 2011 goals?

“For long jump, I plan on getting the school record (22-4¾ by Marc Hicks in the 1980s) and do 17 feet in the pole vault,” Rock explains. “And I want to learn some high jump, because I’m going to be doing the decathlon in college.”

That college? Duke University.

“Things were looking pretty good today,” Rock continued. “I cleared 15, then took it up to 15-8 and cleared it … but knocked (the bar off) with my hand.”

Stenson finished third in the long jump, giving assistant coach Leo Sacramento reason to be confident about the future:

“I think we’ll have six guys go over 20 feet this year. To have SIX guys at a high school do that is phenomenal. That’s great depth.”

Other boys winners were Alec Zavala (51.41) in the 400 meters and the 4×400 relay team.

For the girls, sophomore Bailey Gary doubled by winning the 100 (13.78) and the triple jump (31-5). Emerson ninth-grader Jordan Banwarth slaughtered the field in the 300 hurdles (49.37) and Harper freshman Sophie Meads ran an 11:38.91 to win the 3,200.

Junior Emilia Hamilton’s shot put of 29-7 earned first place and Cathy Dooley ran a 5:46.34 to capture the 1,600. The Blue Devil girls’ 4×100 relay team also was victorious.

Elliott was particularly pleased with Nick Denton’s work in an event he didn’t even win — the shot put:

“I was really happy for him. Jesuit is known for their throws program.”

Denton’s heave of 45-6 was good for second place.

Notes: Davis tracksters next entertain Woodland in the Battle for the Space on March 18 at DHS, then the following week they travel to Cosumnes Oaks High for the first Delta Valley Conference tri-meet on March 23 with Franklin and Monterey Trail. … New electronic results and timing equipment are part of the Devils track program. In its shakedown cruise Wednesday, all final results with placements were not available at press time. The Davis boys frosh/soph team won and the DHS girls lost.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8047. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.net. To view and purchase photos of DHS sports, visit http://davisenterprise.zenfolio.com

Bruce Gallaudet

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