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Wednesday, Apr 03 2013 11:02 PM

Liberty's Hill conquers heavy workload

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Liberty's Morganne Hill, right, takes 1st place and Centennial's Chloe Carlson 2nd in the varsity girl's 400-meter race at the SWYL track meet held at Liberty High.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Stockdale's Conner Fisher finishes with a solid lead on the field of runners in the boy's varsity 1600-meter race at the SWYL track meet held at Liberty High Wednesday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Centennial's Kyle Wiggins takes his final attempt at 13 feet after winning the pole vault event at 12 feet 6 inches at the SWYL meet held at Liberty High Wednesday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Centennial's Molly Pruett takes a commanding lead going into the final lap of the varsity 1600-meter race at the SWYL meet held at Liberty High Wednesday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Frontier High's Gabriel Gaeta, left, takes a solid lead early in the varsity 110-meter hurdles as others trail at the SWYL meet held at liberty. He won the race.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

Most of the top track and field athletes in the Southwest Yosemite League spent Wednesday's league meet at Liberty taking it easy or taking it off.

Liberty sophomore Morganne Hill, on the other hand, went the opposite route: Four events, with hardly a break, four championships and one personal record.

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Southwest Yosemite League meet

At Liberty

Boys

400 relay: Stockdale (Chisholm, Martin, Collins, Hughes), 43.61; 1,600: Fisher, S, 4:26.56; 110H: results N/A; 400: results N/A; 100: Collins, S, 11.20; 800: Kan, F, 2:03.26; 300H: Gaeta, F, 40.37; 200: Mariscal, L, 22.84; 3,200: Fisher, S, 9:43.69; 1,600 relay: Centennial 3:26.98; HJ: Van Curen, L, and Jountti, L, 5-6; PV: Wiggins, C, 12-6; LJ: Vinson, C, 21-8; TJ: Newton, B, 45-8; SP: Foster, F, 52-8; D: Foster, F, 139-1.

Girls

400 relay: Centennial (Carlson, Rothberg, Humphreys, Pope) 49.21; 1,600: Pruett, C, 5:23.91; 100H: Hill, L, 14.87; 400: Hill, L, time N/A; 100: Saunders, I, 12.38; 800: Hill, L, 2:25.42; 300H: Hill, L, 44.44; 200: Carlson, C, 25.54; 3,200: Pruett, C, 11:54.42; 1,600 relay: Centennial 4:10.79; HJ: Chesley, S, 5-4; PV: Williamson, C, 11-0; LJ: Brown, B, 15-7; TJ: Tanner, S, 35-11; SP: Blansett, L, 32-4; D: Blansett, L, 126-8.

"And somehow I still have a lot of energy," Hill said afterwards. "I was terrified to do these events today. I was like, 'Oh my goodness, that's two back-to-backs.' But I'm pretty happy."

The ambitious program: the 100-meter high hurdles, followed almost immediately by the 400 meters (with only a couple of frosh-soph heats between). Then, about half an hour later, the 800 meters followed closely by the 300-meter low hurdles.

Hill said she figured her times would suffer because she was running so many events, but she started with a bang anyway: She ran the 100 hurdles in 14.87 seconds, blowing away the field by more than a second and catapulting herself to the top of the Central Section leaderboard in that event.

"I didn't expect to PR, but I was going for it," she said. "I was pretty happy."

She followed that with a narrow victory in the 400 over Centennial's Chloe Carlson, then won the 800 in 2:25.42. Then came the 300 hurdles -- her signature event, in which her best time of 43.43 ranks first in the section and third in the state.

On tired legs, she cruised in in 44.44 seconds in preperation for the prestigious invitational race in that event at Arcadia. She'll also run in Liberty's 1,600-meter relay, which she skipped Wednesday.

"I did a little better than I expected," Hill said. "It was kind of like a workout; my heart rate was already up from the first races, so it wasn't that bad."

The story of the rest of the meet -- the second of three regular-season SWYL events -- was who didn't compete. That list includes Brena Andrews of Independence, the section champion in the 100 and 200 last year; and Stockdale's Blake Haney, who is among the state leaders in the 1,600 and 3,200. Both were resting for big races at Arcadia.

In Haney's absence, his Stockdale teammate Conner Fisher had no trouble in either distance race, taking the 1,600 in 4:26.56 and the 3,200 in 9:43.69.

"I was just taking it easy and resting up for Arcadia, but you've got to get in a mindset of competing and acting like any race is a big race," said Fisher, who will run the 3,200 on Saturday. "I just wanted to set the pace and be competitive."

On the girls side, Centennial's Molly Pruett swept the distance races, running 5:23.91 in the 1,600 and 11:54.42 in the 3,200. Pruett also ran for the Golden Hawks' 1,600-meter relay team, which overtook Liberty on the last lap to win in 4:10.79. Earlier, with defending section champion Independence not running, Centennial also won the 400 relay in 49.21.

Other notable results for the girls:

* Centennial's Bryn Williamson set a season best with an 11-foot pole vault.

* Stockdale's Kiare Tanner jumped 35-11 in the triple jump.

* Liberty's Rae Blansett swept the throwing events with a 32-4 in the shot put and a 126-8 in the discus.

On the boys side, Corey Collins stumbled out of the blocks in the 100 meters but recovered to win in 11.20, ahead of teammate Adarius Rowel (11.26) and Marcus Watkins of Bakersfield (11.30).

"I'm trying something a little new with the blocks, and I guess I have to work on a little more in practice," Collins said. "I think it will help me get out faster when I get it, though."

Collins later lost a near-photo finish in the 200, running 22.86 just behind Liberty's Anthony Mariscal, who won in 22.84.

Other notable boys results:

* With Bakersfield's Derrick Vickers sitting out, Frontier's Gabriel Gaeta won a duel with Centennial's Colby Lutje in the 300 hurdles (40.37).

* Stockdale's 400 relay team (43.61) held off Bakersfield (43.87).

* Section leader Scotty Newton of Bakersfield won the triple jump in 45-8, but his teammate, section long jump leader Bryce Huggins, jumped 21-7 and lost by an inch to Centennial's Nathaniel Vinson.

* Frontier's Colton Foster swept the throwing events, recording 52-8 in the shot put and 139-1 in the discus.

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