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Sports briefs: Devils on track after first day of DVC meet

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May 11, 2011 |

Even with only one running event going to finals on Wednesday at the Delta Valley Conference Track and Field Championships, the Davis High boys and girls had a chance to put up big points.

Blue Devil runners made up nine of the 12 possible scoring slots in the 1,600 meters, then added more points in field events, where DHS athletes won three events.

Sophie Meads paced a 1-2-3-4-6 finish for the Devil girls (who accumulated 53 total points on the day) in the 1,600. Meads crossed in 5:29.13 and was followed by Laney Teaford, Tess Williams and Kathy Dooley, with Halley Rainer in sixth.

Davis’ Maddie Trost won the high jump with a 5-0 leap and was followed by Zoe Hunt-Murray in third, Cassie Kang in fifth and Daniella Ganter in sixth. The Blue Devils also got points in the long jump — from Joslyn LaBelle (fifth) and Bailey Gary (sixth) — and the shot put, where Emilia Hamilton was fifth.

On the boys side, DHS’ Trevor Halstad’s 4:20.94 was good enough to edge teammate Brian De La Mora (second) and Mar Harvey (third) in the 1,600, and Braedan Van Deynze was fifth.

Ian Rock contributed to the Devils’ 72 points by winning the high jump with a 6-0, while Matt Austin topped the field in the triple jump with a distance of 42-5. Nate Stenson was second behind Austin and third behind Rock, while Sam Rexroth was fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the high jump. Spencer Bowen took fifth in the triple.

Nick Denton gave Davis four points with a fourth-place finish in the discus.

DHS will be back as Cosumnes Oaks for the finals in all the other events on Friday.

Tour of California

For the first time in five years, the Amgen Tour of California won’t go through Davis in 2011 and for the first time since the 2008 event, Lance Armstrong will not be in the race.

However, the sixth annual edition of the nation’s biggest stage race will still feature a world-class roster of more than 140 riders from 18 elite cycling teams — including Davis resident Paul Mach (Bissell) — when it kicks off Sunday in Lake Tahoe. The race will cover nearly 800 miles of picturesque California roadways and highways through May 22.

Mach finished 27th in the 2010 Tour of California.

The field will include riders from well-known teams such as Team RadioShack, HTC-Highroad, Saxo Bank Sungard, Leopard Trek and Team Garmin-Cervelo, who all will be competing to take the title in the overall team competition.

In addition to Mach, the expected rider list is headlined by Levi Leipheimer (Team Radio Shack), a three-time Tour of California winner and third-place finisher at the 2007 Tour de France, and Luxembourg cyclist Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek), who took second at cycling’s main event in France in 2009.

Americans David Zabriskie and Christian Vandevelde will lead Team Garmin-Cervelo, while George Hinicapie and 20-year-old rising star Taylor Phinney will ride for BMC Racing Team.

Defending champion Michael Rogers of Australia won’t ride this year.

Women’s water polo

Davis High graduate Dakota Mohr leads three Aggies on the All-Big West second team, which was announced on Wednesday.

Mohr, a junior center, is joined on the squad by UC Davis sophomore utility Jessica Dunn and sophomore attacker Carmen Eggert. This is the second such award for the former Blue Devil, who made the second team in 2009. Dunn captured honorable mention as a freshman last season and this is the first all-conference nod for Eggert.

After redshirting in 2010, Mohr came back strong, shooting 37-for-49 with 15 assists this season. She led the Aggies with 78 drawn exclusions, a category in which she already held the school’s single-season record, to lift her career total to a record 254.

Dunn, from Los Alamitos, led UCD with 91 points and 40 assists, the latter of which ranks second in school history. Her 51 goals tied for eighth in the conference, while her defensive totals of 45 steals and 16 field blocks held or shared the team lead.

A San Rafael native and Marin Catholic High grad, Eggert excelled in her first full season by leading the Aggies with 57 goals, including 23-for-40 shooting on 6-on-5 opportunities. She also tied Dunn with 45 steals and finished second to Mohr with 61 drawn exclusions. In the five Big West games, she scored 14 goals with seven steals and 19 drawn kickouts.

DHS football meeting

There will be a mandatory football meeting for parents or guardians of all student-athletes who hope to play varsity, junior varsity or freshman football at Davis High next fall. The meeting will be in the DHS Library Thursday at 7 p.m.

Student athletes and their parents or guardians will be given required documents, physical forms and information, camp and registration forms, as well as receiving the Parent Handbook and schedule of events, expectations and what commitment is required to play.

Coach Steve Smyte will conduct the gathering and will answer questions pertaining to being a Davis High football player. Further information can be obtained by emailing the coach at ssmyte@djusd.k12.ca.us.

Youth football clinic

The Top Gun Football Skills Camp – this spring featuring UC Davis Hall of Fame coach Jim Sochor – will be conducted Saturday and is designed for kids going into fifth through eighth grades and who are interested in playing football or exploring the possibility of playing football.

The camp is geared to students with an interest in playing quarterback, wide receiver, running back, tight end, linebacker or defensive back.

Camp registration begins at 9:15 a.m. at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium with warm-ups starting at 10 a.m. sharp, according to Smyte. Cost is $25.

Advance registration forms are available at http://www.juniorbluedevils.com.

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