Placer squad steals section track title while Forest Lake, Bear River, Colfax, Foresthill nab Masters qualifications

The next best boys squad in Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV track and field is only half the team that Placer is.

The Hillmen rolled to 66 collective points Tuesday and Thursday at Stanislaus State University in Turlock to easily out-point runner-up Linden (33) and claim the D4 banner. Placer was the best of 33 teams at the combined D4/D5 meet. The Placer girls ended fourth among 26 programs (third in D4).

Athletes from D4 Placer, Bear River and Colfax, along with D5 Forest Lake and Foresthill, accounted for 21 individual qualifications to the SJS Masters Championships May 28-29 at Elk Grove High. Three Placer relay teams moved on as well.


Seventeen Placer athletes will compete at Masters.

The Placer boys swept top-three positions in the 3200-meter distance race thanks to Moshe McCarter (9 minutes, 34.8 seconds), Jose Rodriguez (9:50.36) and Ryman Crone (9:57.98). McCarter, bound for Chico State on a cross country scholarship, was runner-up in the 1600 as well.

Joseph Robinson used a seven-inch personal record (44 feet, 9 inches) to defeat the triple jump field by a foot and a half.

Jacob Capra, committed to accept a football scholarship at the University of Oregon, was second in the discus and third in the shot put.

All juniors, Robinson, Derek Haney, Chris McDonell and Owen Scott were third in the 4X100 relay to reach Masters. Alex Garcia (fourth in the 800) also qualified.

The 4X100 girls relay team of Sarah Rossiter, Jessica Lee, Thea Economou and Lara Condosta was fourth with a new personal record (50.09).

Incredibly, Rossiter is a Masters qualifier in all of her events. She was also fifth in the 100, fifth in the 200 and third in the long jump with a 16-0.75 PR.

Marin Chamberlin advanced in both the 800 (second) and pole vault (10-0).

She joined Lee, Dylan Page and Annabelle Johnson to finish second in the 4X400 relay with a three-second PR (4:05.58).

Condosta was also fifth in the pole vault. Julia Camillucci qualified fourth in the 100 hurdles with a PR of 16.08.

Forest Lake Christian

In an event rarely dominated by D5 runners, Forest Lake’s Garrett Jones erupted for tremendous personal achievements to represent his school Tuesday and Thursday.

Jones managed a 15.47 PR in the 110 hurdles to place fifth and qualify for Masters, but he saved some magic for the 300 hurdles.

After finishing first in 300 hurdle prelims with a solid 40.03 race Tuesday, Jones stunned the D4-5 field by running 38.68 in the event finals Thursday.

The time surpassed his prior record by a full second and instantly became the No. 2 time in the entire section, across all divisions. In fact, Jones is top-20 in California with that mark, according to

Bear River

A 13-11 transition into the sky gave Jason McShane the top mark in pole vault by three inches. His teammate, Talen Anderson, was third in the pole vault with a 13-08 mark. Erica Higley had Bear River’s lone qualification for girls after she won the high jump at 5-05 Thursday. The next best girl finish at 5-03.


Cole Sanders, a senior at Foresthill, has turned his first season at the pole vault pit into a dazzling accolade.

The standout reached a 14-1 mark to set a school record and win the CVCL/SMAL/NPAC combined league championship May 12 and didn’t let his season end there.

By leaping 13-5 at Divisionals Thursday, Sanders reached the fourth of five qualifications to Masters.

The first-year vaulting sensation is top-20 in the section and will test his leaps against the best athletes across all divisions next week. His top competition is Oak Ridge senior Austin Laut, who has cleared 16-3.25 this season.

Sanders is one of only a few small school jumpers to reach 14 feet this season. He got his start with track coach Nick Vogt.

“I met Cole at a running camp I directed through Christian Team Ministries last February, and while there I encouraged him to try vaulting at our Pole Vault Training Center in Meadow Vista,” Vogt said. “After just one practice session he was hooked.

“Cole is one of the most dedicated athletes I’ve had the privilege to coach at the Gold Country Pole Vault Training Center.”

Sanders is also the Foresthill Student Body President and an Eagle Scout.


Scott Mosier won the high jump with a 6-02 leap (fewest misses) to snare the first qualification to Masters. John Kirwan was also fifth in the shot put (44-10) while Jasmine Dean ended third in the triple jump (33-10).

D4-5 Track and Field Championships


Place   Team/League             Score

D4-1    Placer/PVL                  66

D4-5    Bear River/PVL          16

D4-7    Colfax/PVL                12

D5-10  Forest Lake/CVCL     12

D5-16  Foresthill/CVCL         4


Place   Team/League             Score

D4-3    Placer/PVL                  41

D4-8    Bear River/PVL          11

D4-10  Colfax/PVL                7

Masters qualifiers


High jump

1. Scott Mosier, Colfax, 6-02


2. Jacob Capra, Placer, 143-02

Pole vault

1.  Jason McShane, Bear River, 13-11

3. Talen Anderson, Bear River, 13-08

4. Cole Sanders, Foresthill, 13-05

Triple jump

1. Joseph Robinson, Placer, 44-09

Shot put

3. Jacob Capra, Placer, 46-03

5. John Kirwan, Colfax, 44-10

4X100 relay

3. Placer, 43.38


2. Moshe McCarter, Placer, 4:24.88

110 hurdles

5. Garret Jones, Forest Lake, 15.47


4. Alex Garcia, Placer, 2:00.74


1. Garrett Jones, Forest Lake, 38.68


1. Moshe McCarter, Placer, 9:34.80

2. Jose Rodriguez, Placer, 9:50.36

3. Ryman Crone, Placer, 9:57.98


Pole vault

4. Marin Chamberlin, Placer, 10-0

5. Lara Condosta, Placer, 9-3

Long jump

3. Sarah Rossiter, Placer, 16-00.75

High jump

1. Erica Higley, Bear River, 5-05

Triple jump

3. Jasmine Dean, Colfax, 33-10

4X100 relay

4. Placer, 50.09

4X400 relay

2. Placer, 4:05.58

100 hurdles

4. Julia Camillucci, Placer, 16.08


5. Sarah Rossiter, Placer, 12.95


2. Marin Chamberlin, Placer, 2:21.29


5. Sarah Rossiter, Placer, 27.31



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