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Shasta Track gets ready for Golden Valley Conference Championships

On a sunny Saturday, Shasta College track and field coach Pete Giachetti was so busy running the Shasta Invitational that he said he didn’t even get to see most of his athletes compete.

To his astonishment, both the Men’s and Women’s track teams edged out Butte College on Saturday for the overall win at the Shasta Invitational, just one week before Shasta College hosts the Golden Valley Conference Championships.

The Shasta track team was benefited with strong placings all across the board, with eight first place finishes altogether.

In the Women’s 4X100 relay event, the team of Victoria Bullington, Kathryn Cummings, Autumn Serota and Anna Stone took first place with a time of 51.38 seconds. Stone would later finish in 2nd place in the Women’s 100 meter dash with a time of 12.93 seconds, and Serota took third in the 100m with a time of 13.15 seconds.

Before all of this took place, it was the Men’s and Women’s 10,000 meter race which started at,(coincidentally) 10 a.m.

Shasta sophomore Molly Finn took 2nd in the Women’s race with a time of 41 minutes and 36 seconds. In the Men’s race, it was Tony Meredith who took first place for Shasta with a fast time of 34 minutes and 36 seconds.

Luke Wright took first place in the 110m hurdles running 15.94 seconds, and Kathryn Cummings finished second in the Women’s 100m hurdles running 17.02 seconds.

The Knights also took first place in both of the 800 meter races with Michelle Osuna taking first for the women and Zach Iverson taking first for the men. Osuna ran a time of 2 minutes 27 seconds and Iverson ran 2 minutes and 4 seconds.

Kelsey Moynahan won the Women’s Pole Vault event by vaulting 10 feet 2 and a quarter inches and Tim Zanotelli finished second in the Men’s Pole Vault going 13 feet 8 and three quarter inches.

In other field events, Anna Stone took first place in the Women’s long jump with a 5.02 meter jump. In the Men’s long jump, Matt Ray took second with 20 ft 11 inches, and Brendan Hickey finished third with 20 ft and 9 inches.

Cody Ramage finished third in the men’s hammer throw, Erik Scribner got second in the discus, and Andy Nadig won the men’s high jump with teammate Matt Ray finishing second.

There is always this misconception that track meets are boring. I prefer to think of it as a festival: walk around, check out a couple events, things are going on all day, each event requiring a different skill. Since the invitational was an open meet, the competitors weren’t just restricted to Shasta, Butte, Siskiyous, Feather River and Redwoods. Runners from Simpson University took part, and some unattached athletes as well. Even the Butte College coaches made up the three-person field in the Men’s Steeplechase.

This Saturday the season comes down to the Golden Valley Conference Championships at Shasta College. Go Knights!

By Patrick Carr

Photos by Elias Nesser


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