Sonora's Grove qualifies in 100, relay

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MODESTO Sonora High School's Tommy Grove qualified in two events during yesterday's Sub-Section 1 track trials at Modesto Junior College.

The speedy junior, who spent most of the spring practicing and playing with the baseball team, qualified eighth in the 100-meter dash in 11.18 seconds, and ran the second leg for the No. 8 4x100 relay team, which also qualified eighth in 44.03.

Grove's time in the 100 was a personal record by two-tenths of a second and the relay team's time was a season best by three-tenths. Junior Nick Baker ran the leadoff leg, Grove passed the baton to senior Bryann Turner, and junior Dean Freitas handled the anchor leg.

In the 200, Grove missed the ninth and final qualifying spot by a hundredth of a second in 22.97, another PR. Not bad for a guy who has only dabbled in track.

"He's just now getting into that track mode, and he's getting out of the blocks faster," Sonora coach Robert Cendro said.

Grove and his relay teammates will be at it again tomorrow in the Sub-Section Finals at MJC, where field events start at 3 p.m. and running events at 6. There won't be a lot of paring down, as the top eight in each event will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials next Wednesday at the University of California at Davis.

Wrapping up their seasons yesterday were long jumper Jeff Hess, who went 19 feet, 8 inches; 4x400 relay runners Ryan MacDonald (a sophomore), Baker, Markus Walsh (a freshman) and Freitas, who clocked 3:42; and pole vaulter Carl Bates, who PR'ed at 12 feet.

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