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FLASH—Rio Mesa High junior Zaria Francis breaks a meet record in the girls’ 100-meter dash with a time of 11.41 seconds at the Ventura County Track and Field Championships on May 1 at Moorpark. Francis broke a record held by Olympic champion Marion Jones. Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

Stars align, rise at meet

Move over, Marion Jones. The track legend’s 100- and 200-meter Ventura County Track and Field Championship records came crashing down on May 1 at Moorpark High. Rio Mesa junior Zaria Francis won the 100 in a blistering 11.41 seconds. Oaks Christian sophomore Lauren Rain Williams surpassed the former Olympian’s time in the 200 in an …

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Devyn is dynamite

Devyn Weisenberger turns running into art. The sophomore track and field standout for Rio Mesa High has perfected her running form as a masterpiece of movement. “She runs like a gazelle,” head coach Brian FitzGerald said of Weisenberger. “She’s a natural athlete. It’s hard to determine where she can fit in. If we needed to, …

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Spartan track star creates own legacy, with some help from his mom

Anthony Teart was running for his life a year ago. Teart joined Rio Mesa High’s talented boys’ 4×400-meter relay quartet before the 2012 CIFSouthern Section preliminaries. He didn’t want to be the weak link on a relay squad with state championship aspirations. “I was nervous the whole time. . . .” said Teart, who replaced …

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State track recap

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 …

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