Elk Grove High
Thursday: Field finals 2 p.m./track trials 4 p.m.
Friday: Field finals 2 p.m./track finals 6 p.m.
SHINGLE SPRINGS — Last September, Brittany Anselmo signed her letter of intent to Long Beach State that changed the Ponderosa High runner’s workout regiment.
The results are paying off for the senior, looking to bounce back after qualifying for the CIF State Meet in the 800 meter race her sophomore year, but not as a junior last year.
Last Friday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I meet at Elk Grove High, Anselmo took first place in the 800 at 2 minutes, 16.36 seconds, a new personal record this season. Earlier this month, the Lady Bruin won the Delta River League title with a time of 2:22.50 — six seconds off her time at last week’s divisional meet.
Her best time was as a sophomore in 2012 at 2:14.29, which was done at the section’s Masters Meet.
Starting tomorrow, Anselmo is one of many El Dorado County prep athletes competing at the Masters’ trials back at Elk Grove High. The top three in each event of the finals advances to the state meet.
“This year I’m a lot more focused,” Anselmo said. “When I committed to Long Beach State that really helped me get a new perspective, a new drive.”
Ponderosa head coach Karen Norwood added, “After making state her sophomore year, there has been a lot of let down and discouraging races for her. But she is trying to leave her high school career on a high note. I think her season is headed the way she wished it to be.”
Shortly after she signed with the 49ers eight months ago, Anselmo’s way of thinking changed from being a high school student-athlete to a college student-athlete. That included her eating habits.
“They (Long Beach State) have been my No. 1 school (to attend after graduation),” Anselmo said. “I’ve just been trying to maintain my health by eating healthier. I think that has helped.”
Norwood added, “She has had tremendous growth. From our first meeting at eighth grade orientation when she decided to sign up for cross-country, to a state competitor and now a signed, soon-to-be collegiate athlete.”
Like any high school senior who takes part in athletics, Anselmo has had a busy schedule filled with academics, plus practices and dual meets. She has also been a part of the Lady Bruins cross-country for the last four years.
“She has had a lot to juggle this year, but has been diligent about getting her workouts in even if it is away from our normal track time,” Norwood said. “She has become an athlete that I can give the workout and target times to hit, and off she goes to complete it. It has been a neat, four-year journey to watch her grow and mature as a young lady.”
Other Ponderosa track and field athletes competing at the Masters are the 4×400 relay team of Cameron Mosbacher, Austin Beegle, Kevin Ackernecht and Josh Boiler; Robert Holloway and Connor Goss in pole vaulting, and David Bonzo in the triple jump. For the Lady Bruins, it’ll be Kenna Davidson in the high jump and Rylee Johnson in the pole vault.
Oak Ridge representatives are Rachel Peterson and Arial Hendrickson in the 3200 meter; Briana Dulgar, 1600; Kathryn Sanders, 100; Kristina O’Donnell, 300 hurdles; Atiah Brinson, shot put; Alexa Ray and Angel Pears, high jump; Kylie Harrop-St. John and Ashley Dean, pole vault. For the boys, Brandon Jetter, 100; Griffin Prather, 300 hurdles; William Vaughn and Justin Priest, high jump; and Austin Laut and Kasian Strawick, pole vault.
Field events for Thursday’s trials begin at 2 p.m., running events 4 p.m.
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