For the second consecutive year, Davis High distance standout Jack Scranton captured the Woody Wilson Invitational 1,600-meter race while the Blue Devil girls 4×400 relay team took their event in a school-record time of 3:56.14.
“There’s a lot of tradition in this for us,” DHS head coach Spencer Elliott said after the two-day meet at UC Davis concluded. “This is just a mile from our campus … we’ve always got it circled on our calendar. It’s fun for our athletes to be in against elite competition.”
Prep competition was mixed with university events.
Scranton’s victory came on Saturday in 4:18.53, just ahead of Michael Wang (4:18.94) of Acalanes. Devil Paul Mohr (4:31.81) and Jasper Laca (4:36.72) finished 13th and 22nd, respectively.
The night before, Scranton ran fifth in the 3,200 (9:36.20).
Before an enthusiastic Picnic Day throng, it was Han-ah Sumner, Laney Teaford, Rose Stephens and Ellie Eaton in the afternoon spotlight as they blazed around Toomey Field to erase a one-year-old mark in the 4×400.
Sumner, Teaford and Eaton were part of that record set at the CIF championship trials last June 1. On this day, Stephens replaced the matriculated Hannah Krovetz.
Speaking of Stephens, her seventh-place finish Friday in the 100-meter hurdles was accomplished in personal-best time of 15.97 (Monterey Trail’s Clara Levy won in 14.54). On Saturday, Stephens was one hurdle from what Elliott called “clearly her personal best in the 300 hurdles,” when she hit the last barrier and fell.
“It was a terrific meet for Rose regardless,” Elliott said. “But it would’ve been cool is she could’ve gotten that last hurdle. But sometimes you fall. We talked about it.”
Returning to UCD and having his team compete in the Woody Wilson meet is like old-home week for Elliott. A former Aggie sprinter (Class of 2001), Elliott competed in this meet in the 200, 400 and assorted relays.
Other Davis High athletes turned in some sparkling performances…
On Friday, strongman senior Nick Denton threw the shot 56-05½ for second place behind Afolabi Olabode (57-07½) of Golden Valley. Denton was fourth (150-05) in Saturday’s discus.
Kyle Clancy was a busy Devil during the final day’s competition: He went 42-05¾ (fifth) in the triple jump and took a 10th-place high jump finish at 5-10. The day before, Clancy — in the 110-meter hurdles — stepped to a 15.40 final time to capture fourth place.
Davis’ boys — Blake Croft, Alex McIntyre, Ben Salcedo and Maito Okamoto — went 3:26.84 in their 4×400 relay, good for fifth.
Amelia Otto-Cutting, a DHS freshman, made a dent in the girls high jump board. Her 5-02¼ took sixth.
Zoe Hunt-Murray’s 33-09½ was a fifth-place leap in her division of the triple jump and Joseena John went 16-03¼ to gain sixth in the long jump. Courtney Meyer’s 10-02 managed a fourth-place pole vault finish.
Eaton, as a prelude to joining the record-setting quartet, earned fourth place in the 400. She went 56.89.
Davis harriers were up to their usual tricks in most of the rest of the distance races…
Teaford’s 2:17.56 (third), Sumner’s 2:19.31 (fifth) and Jeanne-Marie McPherson’s 2:23.48 (12th) provided another strong Blue Devil showing.
Junior Sophie Meads (5:17.71) finished sixth in the 1,600 and was 14th (11:45.93) in the 3,200. Teammate Giulia McIsaac was right behind for 15th in 11:45.19. Teaford was 10th in the 1,600 at 5:25.28.
Croft finished sixth (1:57.10) in the 800.
Notes: The Blue Devils meet Elk Grove in a Wednesday Delta Valley Conference meet at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium (3:30 p.m.) before heading to Saturday’s Sacramento Meet of Champions at Sacramento State. Franklin comes to town for another DVC meet on May 1 before conference trials and finals are conducted at Elk Grove (May 8 and 10). Sac-Joaquin Section trials and finals are May 15 and 17, also in Elk Grove (Hughes Stadium refurbishing is not yet finished). …Davis boys won their only CIF crown in 2011; the girls won back-to-back crowns in 2007-08.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at email@example.com or 530-747-8047.