The latest on Friday’s preliminaries at the 2017 CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Central Section will be represented by 33 athletes in the finals of the CIF State Track and Field championship finals Saturday.
Of them, 22 are from the Fresno area counting those who advanced through preliminary round competition Friday and the automatic qualifiers in the boys and girls 3,200 runs.
Awards go to the top six in each event, plus the top overall girls and boys teams.
Field event competion begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with running events starting at 6.
Veterans Memorial Stadium will open its gates at 3:30 p.m.
Clovis North High pole vaulter Brooke Tjerrild will move on to the finals Saturday.
The senior cleared a qualifying height of 12 feet, 6 inches to become one of 14 to move on.
Tjerrild will have her work cut out to win it all.
Also moving on is heavy favorite Rachel Baxter of Canyon-Anaheim.
Baxter, the defending champion, owns the state’s all-time record at 14-4 and has visions of making a run at the national record of 14-8.
Tjerrild was fifth last year, clearing 12-2 compared to Baxter’s 14-2.
Almost all of the opening day events have been completed.
And the Fresno area will be well represented in the finals Saturday.
▪ Shomari Somerville of Clovis North took ninth and qualified in the triple jump at 46-1¼.
The top 12 advanced from the field of 25.
▪ Clovis East’s Andrew Scherf advanced in the 800. He clocked out at 1:55.43 for ninth-fastest among 12 qualifiers.
▪ In the boys 100, Tulare’s Kazmeir Allen moved on, finishing fourth overall in 10.53 seconds.
Allen was just behind Vista Murrieta-Murrieta runner Javelin Guidry, who is trying to become the first to win 100 state championships in Texas and California.
Guidry won Texas’ Class 5A title last year. Then his family moved to the Inland Empire.
▪ Fowler’s Jocelynn Budwig threw 168-6 to advance to the discus final. She was third best in qualifying. Buchanan’s Cari Acosta also advanced, with a top mark of 143-5.
▪ Clovis shot putter Jonah Wilson will go into the final as the athlete to beat. He led qualifiers at 61-3¾. Marina-Huntington Beach’s Kyle Tsu was second at 60-11¾. Wilson’s cousin, Jacob, of Buchanan, was third at 60-11¼.
Just in – Buchanan’s Hayden Hansen and Reedley’s Cristian Gomez were the last two qualifiers to advance in the boys 1,600. Hansen was timed in 4:17:55 and Gomez in 4:18.37.
Just missed – Tulare’s Kyra Bailey was 10th in the 400 in 55.8 seconds, one spot shy of advancing. The ninth-place time was 55.78.
Less than 2 hours before the CIF State track and field championships got under way Friday, Tara Davis of Agoura High-Agoura Hills tweeted that she was nervous.
Because even when you’re a California record holder in two events – and you have your eyes set on a third – nothing is a given in athletics.
Davis, however, came out quite strong during preliminary competition at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The senior was the top qualifier in the long jump at 20 feet, 8 inches to lead the field of 12 headed to Saturday’s 5 p.m. final.
Her closest competitor cleared 19-9¾.
Davis’ best is 22-3¾ (wind aided) just last month to set the state record.
And in the 100-meter hurdles – another event that Davis is the all-time best – the University of Georgia signee posted the fastest qualifying time at 13.31 seconds. Second-fastest was 13.36.
Davis’ best there is 13.01 (wind legal), which is also 12.89 in wind-aided.
Finally, there’s the triple jump, where she had the third-best seeded mark going into the meet at 40-4, but Friday led the way at 43-4.
She’ll need to jump a bit farther for that third all-time state record. That mark is 44-11¾.
It’s become an annual tradition for Edison High coach Danny Alberty, who pays out of his own pocket for custom T-shirts for his track and field athletes as they advance to bigger and bigger meets.
For this year’s CIF State meet, Alberty played off “Straight Outta Compton,” the movie that grossed almost $162 million two years ago.
His spin: “Straight Outta EHS T&F,” printed on the front in Edison’s school colors of yellow, black and white.
Now, many shirts have circulated since the movie with other variations of “Straight Outta …” including “Straight Outta Money” and “Straight Outta Food.”
Alberty, however, wanted to go beyond comedy to make a motivational point.
On the back the shirts read: “If you think you CAN, you can. If you think you will, you will. You be the difference! – Coach Alberty”
Alberty said the shirts give the athletes even more incentive to reach the state meet and compete at that elite level. Edison has a fairly young team this year, though, which Alberty clearly recognizes and knows will make it tough for his Tigers to hang with the state’s best.
“I told my kids: This year, we showing up. Next year, we showing out.”
Three high jumpers from the Central Section advanced to Saturday’s final, scheduled for 7:30 p.m..
Clovis North High’s Jacob Veres, Liberty’s Seth Krauss and Exeter’s Josh Outten each cleared 6 feet, 5 inches during Friday’s prelims to lock up a spot in the championships.
Twelve of the 24 in the field qualified for Day 2.
Veres came into the meet seeded sixth, while Krauss was 10th and Outten 11th.
A huge disqualification
The Rancho Verde-Moreno Valley boys 400 relay – the fastest foursome in the state – committed a zone violation and was DQ’d in its heat.
Rancho Verde exceeded the exchange zone while Carlton Johnson was attempting to pass to anchor Isaiah Cunningham, drawing an immediate yellow flag and a loud moan from the crowd at Veterans Mmemorial Stadium.
The Ranchos Verde boys 400-meter relay team, the fastest team in the state, was disqualified on its final baton exchange and will not advance to Saturday’s finals.
The Mustangs entered the meet seeded No. 1 with a time of 41.14 seconds.
There was pre-race talk of whether the foursome could break the 40-second barrier, accomplished only three times in U.S. history and never by a California school.
Clovis North’s girls 400 relay team just missed the top nine to move on to Saturday’s final.
The Broncos came in 10th in 47.95 seconds. Edison-Stockton was ninth at 47.82.
Clovis North had the 11th-best time going into the meet.
The Buchanan girls 400 relay was disqualified in its heat.
During the first baton exchange, Jaiden Jones and Victoria Nardella failed to pass within the exchange zone.
Nardella, running the second leg, had to slow down while reaching back. But by the time she received the baton, Nardella had passed the yellow triangle that marks the end of the zone.
Buchanan was one of three teams that was disqualified, joined by Dorsey-Los Angeles during the same eight-team heat and fellow Central Section program Stockdale, which committed its violation during an earlier heat.
Buchanan had the 13th-fastest mark entering the state meet.
Clovis High discus thrower Jonah Wilson holds the state’s all-time record, setting the mark earlier this year.
Wilson, however, wasn’t the best during Friday’s preliminary round of the state championships, which could set up quite the showdown for Saturday’s final.
A top heave of 196 feet, 8 inches left Wilson as third best but an easy qualifier on Day 1 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
196-8 Distance by Clovis High discus thrower Jonah Wilson, who had the second-best mark during Friday’s prelims
Oak Park’s Robbie Otal, expected to be one of the top threats to Wilson winning gold, threw 206-11.
And Jefferey Williams of Clayton Valley had the second longest toss of 196-11.
It’s unclear if Wilson was holding something back. He certainly has the potential to throw farther.
Wilson’s all-time state record was 221-5 on a windy day, also at Veterans Memorial at the Battle of Central Cal meet..
Jacob Wilson, a Buchanan senior and Jonah’s cousin, in in the mix after a top prelims mark of 184-10.
The top 12 from the field of 27 advanced to Saturday’s championship round.
Jonah Wilson, by the way, will compete in track and field at Washington next season.
Jacob Wilson will move on to UCLA.
Read about their seasons and friendly but fierce rivalry in Marek Warszawski’s feature at www.fresnobee.com/sports.
CIF State Track and Field Championships
3:30 p.m., stadium gates open; 4:30 p.m., field events; 6 p.m., track events; General admission $12, children 5+, students, seniors 65+ $8. Parking $5, RVs $10.
FIELD EVENTS SCHEDULE
Boys discus: 4:30 p.m.
Boys high jump: 5 p.m.
Girls long jump: 5 p.m.
Boys long jump: 5 p.m.
Boys pole vault: 5:15 p.m.
Girls discus: 6:30 p.m.
Boys shot put: 6:30 p.m.
Girls high jump: 7:30 p.m.
Boys triple jump: 7:30 p.m.
Girls triple jump: 7:30 p.m.
Girls pole vault: 7:15 p.m.
Girls shot put: 8:30 p.m.
TRACK EVENTS SCHEDULE
Girls 400 relay: 6 p.m.
Boys 400 relay: 6:10 p.m.
Girls 1,600: 6:20 p.m.
Boys 1,600: 6:30 p.m.
Girls 100HH: 6:45 p.m.
Boys 110 HH: 6:55 p.m.
Girls 400: 7:05 p.m.
Boys 400: 7:15 p.m.
100 wheechair/ambulatory combined: 7:25 p.m.
Girls 100: 7:35 p.m.
Boys 100: 7:45 p.m.
Girls 800: 7:55 p.m.
Boys 800: 8:05 p.m.
Girls 300LH: 8:15 p.m.
Boys 300IH: 8:25 p.m.
200 wheelchair/ambulatory combined: 8:35 p.m.
Girls 200: 8:45 p.m.
Boys 200: 8:55 p.m.
Girls 3,200: 9:10 p.m.
Boys 3,200: 9:25 p.m.
Girls 1,600 relay: 9:40 p.m.
Boys 1,600 relay: 9:50 p.m.