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PREP ROUNDUP: Y.C., R.V. track squads complete TCC season
The River Valley and Yuba City High track & field programs completed the regular season on Friday at the Tri-County Conference championships at Inderkum High in Sacramento.
The Falcons varsity boys squad placed second overall behind Woodland and edged Yuba City by six points.
Junior Swarnjit Boyal led the charge for River Valley by winning three events.
Boyal won the 1600-meter run, clocking in at 4 minutes, 31.65 seconds to best the field. He also took first in the 800 in 2 minutes, 1.61 seconds.
Both of those marks were personal bests for Boyal.
He completed the hat trick by cruising to victory in the 3200 (10:22.45), winning the race by 9 seconds.
Boyal teamed with Jarome Santiago, Bruce Anderson III and TJ Morrow for second place in the 1600-meter relay (3:33.58), setting a new school record.
Senior Wade DeBartolo won the discus with a heave of 135 feet, 1 inch and placed third in the shot put with a toss of 43 feet, 3 inches.
Fellow senior Deshawn Chaney took the high jump (5-10) and finished third in the long jump (20-2) with a new personal record.
Freshman Devin Cates won the triple jump and set a new school record in the process with a leap of 41 feet, 7.5 inches.
Along with his contributions to the relay team, Anderson placed third in the 100 (11.29) and 200 (23.45).
Leading the Yuba City boys was junior Louis Mowers, who placed first in two hurdling events.
Mowers won the 110-meter high hurdles (15.95) and the 300 hurdles (41.83). He also placed second in the triple jump (41-4).
Davis Harper claimed the Honkers' only other first place finish of the day with his toss in the shot put of 52 feet, 6 inches.
Senior Jose Guzman gave Boyal a run for his money, but placed second in both the 1600 (4:40.19) and 3200 (10:29). Jo an Fernandez took third in the 1600 (4:43).
Sophomore Tyler Mayhew placed third in the discus (119-7).
Senior Greg Pugh was third in the 400 (52.60) and ran a leg of the Honkers' 400-meter relay team, which placed third (44.52). Also on that relay team were Ralphia Lara, Tyler Mosley and Nathan Gilming.
Like the boys squad, the River Valley girls varsity team placed second to Woodland as well.
Freshman phenom Mackenzie Arnold continued to impress for the Falcons.
She won both the long jump and triple jump and set personal records in the process.
Arnold tallied 18 feet, 8 inches in the long jump and 35 feet, 6.5 inches in the triple jump. She also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.17), another personal and team record.
Arnold rounded out an outstanding day with a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles (48.87).
Sophomore distance runner Leanne Jarvis matched Boyal's performance by winning three events for the R.V. girls.
She won the 1600 (5:28.87), 800 (2:26.60) and 3200 (12:33.40). Teammate Harkiren Everest added a third-place finish in the 1600 (5:38.38).
The Falcons' throwing tandem of sophomores Imani Bierly and Desiree Woodson notched 30 points for their team.
Bierly took first in the shot put (33-11) and Woodson placed third (29-1). In the discus, Woodson placed second (95-3) and Bierly took third (85-9). Freshman Lauren Kroeger won the high jump (5-0).
Kroeger, Everest, Shaina Rasul and Emily Uttecht teamed up for a third-place finish in the 1600-meter relay (4:30.40).
Uttecht also joined forces with Kiana Pedraza, Quinta Pedraza and Shagun Bali for third place in the 400-meter relay (53.55).
Yuba City's top finisher on the girls' side was sophomore Kate Aldridge, who finished fourth in the 3200 (13:29) and Destiny Fleenor, who took fourth in the shot put (28-3.25).
The 400-meter relay team of Cindy Haymore, Savannah Shoup, Michelle Snyder and Crystal Hofer placed fourth in 57.42 seconds.
In the frosh-soph boys division, Yuba City's Colin Ferguson won the discus (106-9) and took third in the shot put (39-3.25). Lain Asher took second in the discus (101-5).
The first four varsity finishers in each event qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division II/III Meet.
The preliminaries will be held on Wednesday at Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks, followed by the finals, set for Friday at the same place.
Division V playoffs
Maxwell 14, Hayfork 1
The top-seeded Panthers made quick work of the No. 8 Timberjacks at home on Friday in the first round of the Northern Section Division V playoffs.
Maxwell (17-7), the two-time defending section champ, won in five innings by the mercy rule.
Riley de Wit notched three hits and drove in two runs for the Panthers. Blake Vierra was 3 for 4 with a home run and five RBIs.
Russell Jones was 2 for 2 with a homer and an RBI for Maxwell.
The Panthers host No. 4 Dunsmuir on Tuesday in the section semifinals.