Sports Briefs

Track team values versatility

By: Staff report
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Versatility has become the name of the game for Lincoln High School’s track team. Coach Eric Williams has a number of athletes who can compete in a number of various running and field events. The April 27 meet against Foothill was a perfect example of that. Josh Myers won the high jump, was second in the discus and third in the shot put, and ran in the 1,600-meter relay. The freshman’s efforts were in vain, however, as the Zebras lost 69.7-65.3. Lincoln’s girls fell 69-61. Liam Hao and Stephen Hay each had two victories for the boys. Hao won the 100 and 200. Hay was the top finisher in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He was also second in the pole vault. Kyle Ebert won the 3,200 and was second in the 1,600. Brian Keck added a victory in the 800. Savannah Berkley led the girls by winning the 300 hurdles and pole vault. The Zebras swept the distance events with Sammy Klipp (800), Kali Federwish (1,600) and Heather Felt (3,200). Makenzie Holland won the 100 hurdles and was second in the shot put and discus. Jake Palmyra led the junior varsity boys to a 59-22 victory by winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Brendan Martin also had a hat trick by finishing first in the 100 and 300 hurdles, and the high jump. Darrion Spangler won the 100 and high jump. Jessup sweeps softball awards William Jessup University’s softball team swept the major awards when coaches in the California Pacific Conference gathered recently to honor the conference’s top players and coach. Junior Samantha McMahan was named the Player of the Year. Also honored were senior Erin Houston (top pitcher), junior Kelsey Meyers (top newcomer) and Jode Johnson (top freshman). Jessica Pistole was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Warriors to a 15-1 record and the conference’s regular-season championship. Jessup’s all-conference players were Houston, McMahan, Meyers and junior Mallory Blodgett (first team); Johnson, senior Kara Besseghini and sophomore Heidi Louber (second team); and junior Cassie Emerson (honorable mention). Emerson is a Lincoln High School graduate. Jessup’s season came to an end last Saturday with a 13-2 loss to Simpson of Redding in the NAIA Frontier Qualifying Tournament at Azevedo Park in Rocklin. The Warriors finished 28-18 overall. Sierra falls in rugby Final Four A second-half rally fell short for Sierra College’s rugby club last Saturday in a 29-20 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Division II national semifinals in Pittsburgh. At least the Wolverines can take consolation in losing to the best Division II team in the country. Wisconsin-Whitewater claimed its first national title a day later with a 7-3 victory over Middlebury of Vermont. Sierra can also take pride in being the only two-year college to reach the Final Four. The Wolverines trailed 19-5 at halftime against Wisconsin-Whitewater, but they fought back in the second half to outscore the Warhawks 15-10. Wisconsin-Whitewater validated its No. 1 ranking in the Division II poll by Sierra was ranked fourth.