Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cougar Relays a big success

From page A9 | April 07, 2014 |

Track and field competitors endured Friday’s chilly Cougar Twilight Invitational at El Dorado High where several personal bests were set.

The Cougars hosted teams from Ponderosa, Union Mine, Oak Ridge, 12 other schools from the Sacramento region and one from Reno, Nevada.

El Dorado established itself as the team to beat and took the varsity team title with a score of 102, followed by Ponderosa with 89 points, and Davis finished in third with 64.

The unique format combined the best boys and girls from each school in seven track relay events

“The relaxed atmosphere of the co-ed format allowed kids to relax and let their abilities take over,” Cougar coach Peanut Harms said.

El Dorado won the varsity 4×800 meter (9:06.41) while Ponderosa secured third place (9:10.03).

Cougar sophomore Arianna Pizzuti shaved three seconds off her season best in the 800 meter, clocking 2:25 for her leg in the 4×800.

“It’s a lot different running in a co-ed relay,” Pizzuti said. “There’s more pressure but, we all did great.”

The Blue and White had an impressive win in the sprint medley (1:43.57) while the Bruins crossed the finish line in 1:51.54, good enough for third place.

Cambron Lyles finished in a hand-timed 14.41 seconds in the 110 high hurdles that was a personal best en route to a team victory with a combined time of 65.79 seconds. Ponderosa settled for third place (71.91).

Ponderosa held on to win the distance medley (12:15.92) while El Dorado (12:26.75) was second place.

Other second and third place finishes by Ponderosa and El Dorado included the 4x100m in times of 47.53 seconds and 47.74 seconds, respectively. The teams duplicated the same finish order in the 4x400m. El Dorado got points with a third place in the 4x200m in 1:43.10.

Schools also showcased their strength in the six field events with two boys and two girls combining distances for top honors. The Bruins varsity team brought home gold in the triple jump with a combined distance of 137 feet, 10.5 inches.

The Bruins captured top three finishes with a second in the high jump (20-4), third in the shot put (139-6.75), and a third in long jump at (66-7).

El Dorado grabbed a second in the discus (408-9), second in the long jump (68-6.75 inches) and third in the high jump (20-2).

The 1600 meters and 3200 meters were run as open events. On the varsity girl’s side, Union Mine’s Allison Babbage notched a first-place finish in the 1600 meters with a winning time of 5:37.55. Cougar Micah Brocker followed in third at 6:02.19.

In the last event of the evening, Oak Ridge vaulters of Ashley Dean, Ella Bunce, Greg Smolarski, Grant Laut soared to victory in the pole vault.

“Everyone has a good time, said El Dorado assistant coach Tina Harms.

Note: Ponderosa and Union Mine’s top placers for meets against Folsom and Vista last week can be viewed online in Roundup at




Rebecca Reddish



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