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Mulkey, Doss win events at Big Dual

Amanda Mulkey and April Doss were among the winners of girls track and field events at the Big Dual Invitational meet March 6 at Vista High School.

Mulkey, a junior, won the 800-meter run and Doss placed first in the discus throw. “It was a great way to start our season,” said Fallbrook coach Troy Hamlin.

Mulkey’s time of 2:25.01 led the 17 runners in the girls 800-meter race. She completed her first 400-meter lap in 1:11.2. “Solid beginning of the season performance for her,” Hamlin said. “She just poured it on in the last 200.”

Mulkey beat second-place Heidi Swanson of El Capitan by nearly two seconds; Swanson had a time of 2:26.76.

Doss, a senior, threw the discus 107 feet, 4 1/2 inches. “Good start for her,” Hamlin said.

Doss placed third in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet 0 3/4 inches. Fallbrook senior Galen Gomez placed eighth in both throwing events, hurling the discus 78 feet 0 inches and the shot put 24 feet 7 1/2 inches.

Mulkey also ran the 1,600-meter race, finishing fourth with a time of 5:39.00. Fallbrook junior Emily Calescibetta was 13th in that race with a time of 6:09.42 while Warrior sophomore Shara Leehey placed 14th at 6:09.74. Leehey’s time was a personal record by more than 40 seconds.

Leehey, who had not previously run the 3,200-meter race in less than 15 minutes, took 13:12.90 in the Big Dual to place sixth. Fallbrook freshman Alexis Lopez was ninth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:47.93.

Fallbrook sophomore Holly Contreras placed second in the high jump after clearing 4’8”. Fallbrook senior Chelsea Carpenter’s high jump of 4’4” placed her seventh in that event.

Contreras also ran the 100-meter hurdles and placed sixth with a time of 19:54. Fourth place went to Fallbrook freshman Abi Perdew, who took up the hurdles event only one week prior to the Big Dual. Perdew posted a time of 19.09 seconds in her first

100-meter hurdles race. “I was very impressed,” Hamlin said.

Perdew also ran the 300-meter hurdles, finishing sixth with a time of 55.40 seconds.

Mulkey and Contreras were both on Fallbrook’s third-place 4x400 relay team which finished with a time of 4:24.16. Sophomore Briana Rothert opened the relay for Fallbrook with a lap of 67.5 seconds, and the Warriors were sixth when she handed the baton to Mulkey. Mulkey took 64.3 seconds, Contreras added 66.6 seconds, and sophomore Sarah Samaradivakara anchored the race with a lap of 65.7 seconds. “It was a very fine performance,” Hamlin said. “They got themselves in a hole early and they came back.”

Rothert’s previous events during the day included the 300-meter hurdles, her first race ever in that event. Her time of 53.58 seconds placed her fourth. “She came up big,” Hamlin said.

Rothert also placed eighth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:04.47, and Hamlin notes that events held later in the meet likely led to fatigue and a slower time in the 4x400 relay. Rothert’s triple jump of 27’1” placed ninth at the meet.

Third place in the triple jump went to Fallbrook sophomore Hannah Wilson, whose distance of 31’7” eclipsed her previous personal record by nine inches. Wilson placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet 4 3/4 inches, and she had a time of 13.38 seconds in the 100-meter dash to place sixth. “She had a big day across the board,” Hamlin said.

Samaradivakara was Fallbrook’s highest finisher in the 200-meter dash, placing 13th with a time of 29.71 seconds. The afternoon’s rainfall forced the cancellation of the girls pole vault event.

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