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Lyons to compete in NCAA West Preliminary

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Lyons to compete in NCAA West Preliminary

Sacramento State freshman Paul Lyons qualified for this week’s NCAA Division I West Preliminary.

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POSTED May 24, 2012 12:36 a.m.

Manteca High alumnus Paul Lyons will compete in the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Friday at the University of Texas — Austin.

The Sacramento State freshman qualified after winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.20 seconds in the Big Sky Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Montana. The time is his personal best and ranks him No. 7 all-time in Sac State history. He also ran the 400 hurdles and placed 14th (56.83) in the preliminaries.

Lyons entered the 110 final as the No. 3 seed. The top seed, Steven Warner of Eastern Washington, ended up third in 14.37, and Tyler McBee of Weber was the runner-up in 14.27.

Going into the Big Sky meet he was named the conference’s male track athlete of the week after winning the 110 hurdles and taking second in the Sac State Open. Earlier in the year, he placed second in the 60-meter hurdles at the Big Sky Indoor Championships.

Lyons will be a part of six preliminary heats Friday. The top three finishers in each heat plus the next best times qualify for Saturday’s quarterfinal races. From there, the top 12 advance to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Former T’Wolves finish JUCO season at state

A trio of Sierra High graduates who now compete for Modesto JC participated in the California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field Championship May 19 at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

Kolton Cody led the way with a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 10.74. In the NorCal meet, he blazed to a 10.48 finish for a new personal record. That time would have been good for third place at state.

Cody also joined Stephen Thayer, both freshmen, in the 4x100. They took eighth in 41.34.

Zach Holzner finished ninth in the shot put with a mark of 48 feet, 5 ½ inches.


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