Clovis News: Sports

Buchanan boys feel right at home

It began with Bullard High's girls running the fifth-fastest 400-meter relay (47.13 seconds) in Central Section history.

It nearly ended with Edison's girls blistering the section's No. 3 all-time mark in the 1,600 relay (3:50.76).

And, in between, the Grand Masters Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium saw Clovis' Jenna Prandini match 93-year history, Buchanan's Holly Weseloff in top flight and Mission Prep's Jordan Hasay making a determined comeback.

In the team department, Buchanan's boys ran away with their first title in school history and Clovis -- behind Prandini's 40 points from four wins -- edged the Bears 58-55 for the girls crown.

And then a most depressing shocker for Central's Brendan Bigelow.

Ever since he placed second in the state in the 200 last year as a freshman, and it was announced soon after the state meet would shift to Buchanan for three years effective this season, anticipation grew for Bigelow to run the event in his backyard.

But Saturday, 12 minutes after his win in the 400 (48.04), Bigelow not only timed a warm-up like 11.26 seconds in the 100 -- 13th best on the day -- he collapsed a few strides beyond the finish line.

Soon afterward, he complained of a groin pull and scratched from the 200, meaning he won't compete in the event in the state finals June 5-6.

The top three finishers in each event at the Grand Masters qualified for the state meet.

Central coach Vince Labowsky said he expects Bigelow to run the 400 in the state meet: "Absolutely, and he'll run a phenomenal race, a better time than today. When Brendan runs against top competition, he opens it up."

The coach said he anticipated an 18-minute gap between Saturday's 400 and 100 races, though he couldn't say for sure the shorter rest led to the injury. And he didn't regret entering Bigelow in the 100, 200 and 400 -- a sprint triple believed to be unprecedented in meet history.

"The 100 is a spectator event," Labowsky said. "All kids like to run it. Take it away from him and I think it would have shut him down mentally."

Prandini and one other

Prandini, a sophomore, arrived the section leader in four events and won them all -- 100 (11.84), 200 (24.56), long jump (18-7) and triple jump (38-10).

She was only pushed in the long jump -- Sanger's Veronica Gines went 18-5 -- while becoming the second male or female athlete in the meet's 93-year history to capture four golds.

Madera's Kim Young won the 100 and 300 hurdles and the long and triple jumps in 1968.

"I'm really happy," Prandini said. "I wanted to win them all for the team because we had a good shot at winning the Valley."

She said she will participate in two or three events at the state meet, but couldn't say for sure which ones.

Other highlights:

*Hasay, still approaching top shape after experiencing a sinus infection for a month, won the 800 (2:09.64) and 3,200 (10:30.04). At the state meet, she'll gun for a fourth title in the 3,200, where she has a best of 9:52.13 -- No. 2 in state history.

*Weseloff's 12-7 in the pole vault is No. 3 in section history.

*Bullard's 400 relay team was composed of Jessica Williams, Mariah Riddlesprigger, Madelyn Mar and Lynn Williams.

*Passing the baton in Edison's 1,600 relay team was Jenise Anderson, Breeunna Thompson, Janae Horton and Shanae Anderson.

*Buchanan's 45 1/5-point rout in the boys was powered by Sean Johnson's sweep of the 110 (14.15) and 300 (38.63) hurdles.

The Bears, behind Cameron Parker, also won the 400 relay in a state-class time of 42.04 and placed third in the 1,600 relay (3:22.29).

Buchanan also received 22 points from Jonathan Sanchez -- second in the 1,600 (4:14.71) and 3,200 (9:22.21), and third in the 800 (1:54.97).

*Clovis East's Michael Peterson won the pole vault at 15-4 and cleared 16-4 easily on his second attempt, only to clip the bar on his downward flight. He arrived sixth in section history and No. 4 in the state this season at 16-0.

*Central's Lasasha Aldredge won the 400 in 55.82 -- No. 4 in section history.