California hosts first home meet of 2012 season

Competing in one of California's first two legs of the girls' 4x200 Meter Relay at the California Invitational is Libby Martin.

Competing in one of California's first two legs of the girls' 4x200 Meter Relay at the California Invitational is Libby Martin. Photo by April Arnett.

The California High School tracksters participated in their first home meet of the season April 10, the California Invitational, where many Pintos and Lady Pintos were top finishers in their event. Other participating teams included Jamestown, Prairie Home, Tipton, Bunceton and Helias JV.

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Competing in the boys' 110 Meter Hurdles at the California Invitational, from left, are California's Porter Asahl, Dylan Norton and Jacob Kueffer.

In the girls' division, the final team standings are as follows: 1. California; 2. Helias JV; 3. Bunceton; 4. Tipton; 5. Jamestown; and 6. Prairie Home.

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California's Nathan Thibon completes the last leg of the 4x800 Meter Relay at the California Invitational. Thibon and his relay teammates Garret Baquet, Josh Long and Ethan Jones finished the event in first place.

"We are so much bigger than the other schools, so we're going to have more athletes competing, therefore more points," California Coach Rick Edwards said regarding the final team standings, which he said aren't what matters at this particular meet. "I like having this meet because it gives the Moniteau County schools a nice close meet to go to, plus it gives us a chance to get every kid in four events."

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Competing in the High Jump at the California Invitational is California athlete Regan Downing, who along with Karin Bolinger ultimately tied for third place in the event.

For more of this story check out the April 18 issue of the California Democrat.

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