1. Willy Irwin, Clovis East: His state-leading 199-9 discus launch in the Central Section Grand Masters would have won the state in 66 of the 77 years the event has been staged.
2. Justin Vilhauer, Redwood: Reedley's Bob Seaman, in 1953, was the last section runner to win the state 1,600. But Vilhauer, who ranks fourth among state meet qualifiers at 4:11.2, is a threat, and he's beaten favorite Eric Olson of Novato (4:08.54) a couple of times in his career.
3. Sean Johnson, Buchanan: Closing career on a roll, he ranks Nos. 4-5 among qualifiers in 300 and 110 hurdles. He's top-seeded here in the lows with a section-winning 13.85 (with a major wind assist).
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4. Idarre Coles, Redwood: His 6-9 is in the mix, but the return of JSerra's Harrison Steed (7-21/2) from an injury changes the picture.
5. Jacob Budwig, Fowler: He's competed in the shadows of Matt Darr and Irwin in the discus, but his 183-2 is fifth among qualifiers and can't be ignored.
1. Alyssa Monteverde, Clovis West: While ranked in the state in three events, her best chance to medal (top six) is clearly in the 300 low hurdles. Her personal record 42.43 is No. 2 all-time in the Central Section. Claremont's Kori Carter smoked a 41.30, but long before a recent illness. The favorite appears to be Colony-Ontario's Ashley Cooke, whose 41.38 ranks fifth nationally.
2. Lacie Rasley, Shafter: With a 46-7 PR in the shot put, the junior's a legitimate threat to deliver a fourth-straight gold in the event for the section.
3. Holly Waseloff, Buchanan: After placing third here in the pole vault last year at 11-10, the competition has stiffened considerably. She'll likely need to beat her best of 12-4 to have a chance of climbing aboard the medal stand.
4. Lisette Mendivil, Redwood: The state's No. 1 sophomore in the discus (144-11) can medal on a good day.
5. Melissa Leyva, Exeter: Her 56.14 400 is sixth in section history.