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Pitman finishes as top California team in prestigious meet

POSTED April 26, 2011 10:01 p.m.

A selected group of Pitman High athletes left quite an impression on the historic Hayfield Field in Eugene, Ore. The Pride wrapped up a memorable weekend with a 25th-place showing at the Oregon Relays on Saturday in the co-ed team standings of the 40-team field.

Pitman also ended up as the top-placing California team.

Before the meet, the Pitman girls had already accomplished plenty. They’d captured another Stanislaus County Meet title at Modesto Junior College on April 15 before clinching a share of the Central California Conference championship after an 83-53 victory over Atwater High on April 20.

The girls still managed to prevail in Oregon.

The Pride girls were led by top eight finishers Kelsee Derr (hurdles), Aman Hundal (400 meters), Caitlin O’Connell (jumps), Kyndel Fletcher (pole vault) and the 4x100-meter relay team of Derr, Hundal, Jasmine Roberson and Hailey Stroud.

On the boys’ side, Sean Donnelly had the highest of all the Pitman athletes with a third-place medal in the discus after completing a season-best throw of 155 feet, 8 inches. John England also placed in the pole vault.

Now, the Pride will enjoy their spring break before Saturday’s Sacramento Meet of Champions at Hughes Stadium and next Wednesday’s dual meet with Turlock High at 3:30 p.m. at Debely Stadium.

The two squads will then prepare for the CCC Championships on May 13, also at Debely Stadium.

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