Placer will dominate, but Zebras will compete

Reviewing league track records
By: Jim Linsdau of The News Messenger
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Following is how the track and field teams stand in the Pioneer Valley League as of last week’s meets. In light of this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, this study takes a look at the best teams, but not necessarily the top athletes.

Although the Olympics award gold, silver and bronze, high school sports award points (10-8-6, etc.) for the top six places in each event. That means the winning athlete may get 10 points for his or her effort, but if two or more athletes from another team place high enough to total more than 10 then that team is awarded the gold. Following are the results.

The Lincoln High girls are a near lock for silver (116 points) behind Placer (181), but would earn as many medals (12) as the Hillmen. It appears Foothill would be strong enough for third (bronze) scoring 75-73 over Center.

For the boys, Lincoln could nose out Center 91-82 for silver, but Placer (232) would run away with the gold. The Fighting Zebras’ boys have some strong athletes, just not enough of them.

The Lincoln girls could take gold in the 400 meters, 4x100 relay, shot put and high jump.

Natalie Musil, Hannah Brown and Crystal Jaimes could dominate in the 400m. Musil is a good six seconds faster than Colfax’s Isabel Mulay in second and Musil’s teammates are right behind Mulay.

Destiny Everett, Brown, Tyler Smith and Musil also show great coordination in the 4x400 relay. The foursome has a six second lead over Center’s best.