As the weeks pass, the Fallon boys track team is hitting its stride.
The Greenwave had a solid showing at last weekend’s Del Oro Invitational in Loomis, Calif. The Wave finished tied for sixth with 36 points behind meet champ Del Oro (56.33), Monterey Trail (45), Folsom (42), Douglas (41), Roseville (38) and Center (32.33).
The Lady Wave, meanwhile, placed 20th, although the JV team took fourth. The Fallon JV boys squad finished 16th.
“It was a good meet to see where we are at against the bigger school,” Fallon boys coach Steve Heck said.
“I think it was fun because the kids got to go somewhere, at sea level, and see kids they’ve never seen before,” Fallon girls coach Paul Orong added. “They were running scared.”
The Greenwave get back on the track today for the two-day Reed-Sparks Rotary Invitational.
Nathan Heck was solid again in the hurdles as he scored a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 110- (16.12 second) and 300-meter (41.81) races. In addition, Heck recorded a personal-best height in the pole vault at 14 feet, which placed him second and tied his personal record.
Beau Marshall displayed his improvement in the triple jump and came out with a victory with a distance of 42-3. He also placed third in the long jump with a mark of 20-0.5 and eighth in the high jump at 5-6.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, was freshman T.J. Mauga in the discus. The rising star cast a throw of 146-6 to place fourth, trailing only a pair of throwers from Douglas and one from Folsom.
“The big one of the day was Mauga,” Steve Heck said. “That was gigantic.”
In the shot put, Justin Hatfield was again Fallon’s top performer placing eighth with a throw of 43-2.5.
Elena Murray was third in the triple jump (34-2), seventh in the 100 hurdles (16.86) and long jump (15-6).
For the Lady Wave, sophomore Patricia Leggett won the long (15-6) and triple (32-8) jumps and took sixth in the 400 (1:05.88) and high jump (4-8).
Alesia Billips placed sixth in long jump (13-1), while Leann Stands finished second in discus 94-9 and shot put 32-0.
For the boys, Aaron Bitter took second in the triple jump with a leap of 38-4.5.
“We dropped every freshmen and sophomore girl down so we can be competitive,” Orong said. “We had a lot of PRs (person records).”