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Jesuit Track & Field Captures Section Title

Marauders earn Carmichael school's 102nd section title.

The track and field team captured the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championship on Friday, school officials announced.

The victory is the Carmichael high school's 102nd section title in school history, including earlier this school year.

The Marauders earned 78 points to pass Vacaville at Elk Grove High School, officials announced. Jesuit entered the meet with 21 points from juniors Thomas Sperbeck in the high jump and triple jump and juniors Austin White and Andrew Augustine in the shot put at Wednesday’s Trials.

Sperbeck jumped 20-7.5 in the trials of the long jump to eke his way into the finals and qualify for next week’s Masters Meet. Despite an injured ankle and knowing his team needed the valuable points, Sperbeck continued to compete and jumped from 7th to 3rd place with a jump of 21-10, picking up the first 6 points of the day.

Windy conditions proved difficult for the throwers as none advanced to the Masters Meet, officials said. Andrew Augustine led the trio of juniors with a throw of 134-09 for 15th place.

Without junior Kaba Alkebulan, who was injured at Wednesday’s Trials, the Marauders utilized sophomore Jacy Neczypor in the first leg of the 4×100m relay. Neczypor held his own in the first leg, and seniors Loren Pilorin and Zane Westmoreland put junior Austin Mitsch in a position to run down Vacaville for first place, 10 points and a season-best 42.35, officials said.

Junior Sam Stoll pulled out a clutch performance in the 1600m. After running in 4th for most of the meet, he closed a 20 meter gap in the last 150 meters and just out-leaned William Reyes of Monterey Trail for 2nd place and 8 valuable points.

Star Austin Mitsch again blew away the field in the 100 meters, but a surprising performance from Loren Pilorin gave Mitsch the biggest challenge in the race. Mitsch won in 10.80 and Pilorin ran 11.09, together claiming 18 points in the event, officials said. Both qualifiy to the Masters Meet. Mitsch returned in the 200m to claim his third event title of the meet, winning in 21.87 and earning 30 points for Jesuit for the night.

Junior Chris Goode battled through a tough 3200m race, but a gutsy last lap earned him a place in the Masters meet and 9th place.

The Marauders head to the SJS Masters Trials at Elk Grove High School on May 24 to face competition from all divisions in the section, officials said. The top 8 competitors move on the Finals on Friday where the top 3 will move on to the state meet.

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