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Fall River boys, girls win SCL track and field championships

The Fall River Bulldogs won both the boys and girls championships at the Shasta Cascade League finals hosted by Trinity at West Valley High School in Cottonwood.

In the girls team race, the Bulldogs outscored Trinity 137-94, with Etna, Core Butte and Butte Valley forming a second-tier cluster with 56, 55 and 48 points respectively. Redding Christian, Modoc, and Big Valley rounded out the girls teams, respectively.

On the boys side, Fall River defeated Trinity 149-114, with Etna third with 88, Core Butte fourth with 83, and Redding Christian, Weed, Tulelake and Burney finishing fifth through eighth.

Eleven teams participated in the championship meet, including Core Butte and Redding Christian of the MTVL, Trinity of the MVL and Butte Valley, Tulelake, and Big Valley of the Evergreen League joining the traditional SCL teams of Burney, Fall River, Etna, Modoc, and Weed because of proximity during this shortened Covid season.


The Fall River men won seven individual events, led by Branden Taylor, who won all three individual events he ran: the one-mile in 4:46, the 800 in 2:06, and the 400 in 52.66. Ryan Osborne brought home two victories as well, winning the 100 (11.52 seconds) and 200 (23.75 seconds). Josh Kroeschel brought home a win in the 110 hurdles (19.21) and Kris Mason won the discus with a throw of 122-feet, 8-inches to account for the other Fall River victories.

The 4×100 (Kroeschel, Royce Knoch, Evan Dobson, and Osborne) and 4×400 (Osborne, Arlo Eades, Carter Kroeschel, and Taylor) relay teams both placed second. In the field events, points were scored by all three Fall River throwers, with Kris Mason adding a second place in the shot put to his discus victory, and Xavier Rodriguez placing third in discus and fourth in shot, and Thomas Killingsworth (fourth in discus, sixth in shot) also placing in both events. The Bulldogs also scored points in the triple jump (Carter Kroeschel fourth and Andrew Parker sixth) and long jump (Knoch second, Devin Humphries third, and Jovan Vargas fifth).

On the track, Josh Kroeschel added to his 110 hurdles win with a fifth in the 300 hurdles, Carter Kroeschel finished second in the 300 hurdles, Arlo Eades placed fifth in the 2-mile and sixth in the 800, and Royce Knoch added a third place finish in the 400.

Burney had 2 scoring athletes, with Bryan Banos taking fifth in the 200 and the 4×100 relay team of Banos, St Clair, Villaruel, and von Schalscha placing sixth in the relay.

Redding Christian was led by Lawrence Mini with a third place finish in the 100 and fourth in the 200, Logan Lindsey with a fifth in the 400, and the 4×100 relay team of Sam Chiu, Jerome Mini, Lawrence Mini, and Jordan Hernandez placing third in 46.93, while the 4×400 relay team of Micah Payton, Lawrence Mini, Sam Chiu, and Logan Lindsey placed fourth in 4:08.


The Fall River Women had six event-winners. Ciena Gregory won discus with a toss of 100-2 and shot with 33-2.75. Giselle Rodriguez-Sanchez won the 300 hurdles in 51.64, and Sydney Cassity won the 400 in 1:05.23 seconds. Also, both relay teams won for Fall River.  The 4×100 relay team of Jeanna Bucher, Mercedes Humphries, Lexi Robbins and Sydney Cassity won in 55.78, and the 4×400 team of Sydney Cassity, Lexi Robbins, Hannah Stringer and Giselle Rodriguez-Sanchez won in a time of 4:42.

Giselle Rogriguez-Sanchez added a second place in the 100 hurdles in 18.91 and a second in triple jump in 31-0.5. Sydney Cassity added a fourth place finish in the 200, Mercedes Humphries finished third in the 100, fifth in the 200, and fifth in the long jump. Piper Lakey finished second in the 2-mile and fifth in discus, Allie Ibarra third in the 2-mile and Lexi Robbins third in triple jump and fourth in the 800. Jeanna Bucher finished third in shot put and fifth in 400 Ellie Jacobsen second in long jump and fifth in the 100. Risa Reynier rounded out scoring with a fifth in triple jump and sixth in the 800.

Other Shasta County scorers were Kaylee Jones, second in shot and discus, Rylee Luaces, sixth in triple jump, the Redding Christian 4×100 relay team, which finished third, and Madeline Evans, who finished sixth in the 100 meters.

Though league championships are over for the expanded SCL, many of these smaller teams will continue on to compete against the bigger schools later this spring. Fall River, Burney and Redding Christian will all be among the 21 teams who will attend the West Valley Invitational on May 27, along with six larger Shasta County schools, Enterprise, Shasta, Foothill, West Valley, Central Valley, and U-Prep.

Wil Keepers is a teacher, coach, and writer, who now teaches Science and coaches Track and Cross-Country at Fall River High School. He has 18 years of experience as a teacher, 12 years experience as a cross-country coach, nine years experience as a track coach, and six years coaching middle school basketball. He began writing four years ago and in August 2018 began writing for Shasta County Sports. He has been married for 21 years, and has three daughters

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