RIO LINDA — A small contingent of athletes from the Golden Sierra track team traveled to Rio Linda High Tuesday for the Rio Linda Track and Field Invitational. This traditional spring break event draws athletes from around the region.
Spending a spring break day at the invitational paid dividends in the discus for senior thrower Julia Patterson. Patterson finished second on the day with a toss of 110-7, improving her personal best by over seven feet and setting a new school record that’s stood for 10 years. Patterson also finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 31-01.5.
Coming off a fine cross country season, Grizzly coach Mike Brown’s young distance team showed well at the meet. Junior David Blanton was the top varsity finisher with a sixth place in the 3,200m, 11:34.58, while in the frosh/soph race, sophomore Ryan Sewell captured gold in the 3,200m, 10:52.05 followed closely by teammate Hunter Hughes, third, 11:17.32. Sewell also competed in the frosh/soph 1,600m, crossing the finish line in 5:00.92 for fourth place.
Newcomer Alexis Babbes showed steady improvement in the pole vault and cleared 7-6 for sixth place and is knocking at the door of the 7-8 Grizzly school record. Later in the day, Babbes tested her racing skills in the grueling 400m, completing the race in 76.77 seconds for 27th place.
Others completing at Tuesday’s meet included senior Kyle Hensman, shot put, 19th, 34-11.00; junior Casey Blakely, discus, 15th, 100-05; and senior Melissa Mason, shot put, 8th, 27-07.00 and discus, 16th, 68-06.
The Grizzly track team returns April 6 for the Ron Ruptier Invitational at Ponderosa High in Shingle Springs.