Quincy and Portola runners track ahead

Jacob Burnsworth breathes a deep breath after finishing one of his races for the day at Quincy’s annual meet on the FRC field May 1. Photos by James Wilson
James Wilson

  The track and field at Feather River College was put to good use May 1 at Quincy High’s annual meet. Both Quincy’s and Portola’s teams have had to travel quite the distances to compete thus far this season. The meet in Quincy provided a much needed break from traveling for the teams.

  “Our home meet reminded me of a fun block party, but with stop watches instead of beer,” commented Quincy’s coach Dan Hanna light-heartedly.

  In addition to Quincy and Portola, Colusa, University Prep, Williams and Loyalton all showed up for the meet. The competition was fierce, but all athletes remained in good spirits.

  “Many of the coaching staff from other teams were astonished by the beauty of the grounds at FRC,” continued Hanna. “We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of Merle Trueblood, Nick Boyd and the rest of FRC’s staff and administration.”

  The most successful athlete on Quincy’s boys’ varsity team was Shawn Hughes. Hughes placed first in the discus throw with a distance of 135 feet, five inches. Hughes fared pretty well in the shot put event as well, putting the shot 39 feet, three inches.

  Jonathan Finch placed in a couple races. Finch took third place in the 400-meter race with a time of 55.69 seconds and third in the 800 meters in two minutes, 28.5 seconds. Brandon Abramson placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 31 feet, two inches.

  Portola’s Peter Steffanic placed fifth in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:38.4. Steffanic also completed a half marathon at Folsom Lake the weekend prior to the meet. Steffanic took first in his age group and 14th overall at the half marathon.

  The girls on Quincy’s team did well in multiple events. Rachel Hanna led her team by taking the gold in the 400 meters with a time of 1:06.1. Rachel also placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 28 feet, 6.5 inches and second in the high jump with a height of four feet, four inches.

  Shelby Kingston placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 55.68 seconds. Miranda Kelly came in at 1:11.9. Kingston also took third in the long jump, traveling 12 feet and half an inch.

  Ariah Armstrong took third in the 100 meters in 14.68 seconds. Brenna Murray performed the best out of Portola’s varsity girls. Murray placed fifth in the 100 meters and sixth in the 200 meters.

  Quincy’s boys junior varsity team did remarkably well. The team competed in 14 out of the 15 events, winning seven of them and placing in 12. Portola’s junior varsity team competed in seven events, won two and placed in five.

  All in all, the annual meet proved to be a huge success. More than 50 volunteers helped out to hold the meet.

  “I really need to thank the volunteers from the community that came out,” said Quincy’s coach Hanna. “I’ve learned that it takes a village to hold a proper track meet.”

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