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Casa Grande starts strong in Big Cat Invitational

It was a good beginning all-around for Petaluma and Casa Grande High School track athletes in Santa Rosa High School's Big Cat Invitational last weekend. The meet traditionally kicks off the track season for Redwood Empire teams.

Petaluma's Scrantons, senior Teddy and sophomore Allison, were both winners. Allison won the girls shot with a personal best of 38-9, while senior Teddy won the boys discus with a throw of 144-10.

Petaluma distance runner Ryan Douglas was also a winner, taking the 1600 in 4:27.69.

Teddy also finished second in the shot with a throw of 48-4.

For Casa Grande, the meet featured continued success from the Gauchos' 2012 stars, along with breakout performances by newer athletes.

In the continued success column were Brycen Poarch, Eva King, Courtney Accurso, JaJuan Lawson and Austin Eger.

Poarch, a state meet qualifier in 2012, took first in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 4 ? inches. He also placed second in the triple jump, going 41 feet, 9 ? inches. Joining Poarch in finding the longer end of the sandpit was Eva King, taking first in the varsity girls triple jump at 36 feet, ? inch. King also placed third in the long jump with 15 feet, 7 ? inches.

Lawson put his speed on display against a very large field of sprinters. He placed third in the 100 meters with a dash of 11.48 seconds and fifth in the 200 meters with a run of 23.12 seconds.

Hurdler Accurso showed she is still among the best in the Redwood Empire with a second place finish in the 300-meter low hurdles race, posting a time of 50.09. Also coming on strong in the hurdles was Austin Eger who placed third in the varsity boys 300 race with a time of 43.80.

Breakout performances came from freshmen Destiny Williams and Saskia Van Ommeren-Egberts. Williams took second in the large field of 200-meter runners with a time of 62.07. Williams came back later in the day to anchor the girls 4 x 400 relay team to a dramatic win, catching and passing three teams on the last lap to capture the race. She was joined on the winning team by Accurso, Becca Benjamin and Ileana Moon.


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