State track recap

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Rio Mesa’s Raegan Nizdil finished sixth in the girls’ high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches at the CIF State Track and Field Championships last weekend at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis. Nizdil, a senior, is one of only two Spartans to compete in the state meet for four straight seasons. Camarillo […]

Optimist Club honors youth superstars

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The Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club hosted its 32nd Annual Youth Appreciation banquet at the Camarillo Community Center on March 14. Wyatt McCrea, grandson of actor Joel McCrea, center, was on hand to give out the Joel McCrea award to, from left, Camarillo High student Megan McKnelly, ACE Charter School student Bryan Espinosa, Frontier High student […]

Rio Mesa teen to choose between Palo Alto and Cambridge

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Rio Mesa High School senior Raegan Nizdil has a difficult decision to make, one that just about any teen would be happy to ponder. The 17-year-old Camarillo resident must decide where she’ll attend school in the fall: Harvard or Stanford. “If you would have told me last year that I would be accepted to both […]

Star’s Girls’ Track Athletes of the Year: Raegan Nizdil

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Nizdil was the winner of the high jump at the Ventura County Championships at 5 feet, 7 inches. She took third place at the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 Championships at Mount San Antonio College with a jump of 5-5 and had the best mark at the CIF-SS Masters Meet at Cerritos College in 5-7. Nizdil […]

Nizdil soaring to record-breaking heights at Rio Mesa

As a baby, Raegan Nizdil would sit on a blanket at track and field practices with a coloring book to keep her occupied.But the constant whirl of activity surrounding her often meant her crayons went untouched. Nizdil was always intrigued by one event in particular — the high jump. She watched as competitors tried to […]

Spartans’ Nizdil wins high jump

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A group of Rio Mesa athletes, competing as the Spartan Track Club, competed at the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho, one of the top indoor meets events in the nation, with some of the best athletes from more than 20 states and Canada competing. Junior high jumper Raegan Nizdil won her event with a clearance […]

Track and field twosome has history on its side

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Raegan Nizdil and Anika Gasner are good friends and fierce competitors. Together, they lead the Rio Mesa High track and field team. Nizdil, who reached the 2010 state meet as a freshman, is a superstar high jumper. Gasner, a junior, is one of the fastest 800-meter runners in Ventura County. They don’t spend all their […]