Kyle Fraley, Lemoore: He's been the state leader in the pole vault for two months after popping a 16-4 that ranks fourth in section history behind David Cox (17-4, Hoover, 1991), second cousin Doug Fraley (17-01/2, Clovis West, '83) and Robby Weighall (Highland, '94). And he'll be gunning for the section's first state gold in the event since fellow Tiger Mark Unzueta won with a 16-2 in 1998. But Fraley will need to rally after placing only fourth in the section at 15-2. The section has a legitimate shot of advancing five vaulters into Saturday's finals, including Clovis' Scott Greenman (15-8) and Alan Inouye (15-2), Liberty-Bakersfield's Andrew Ramay (16-3) and Clovis East's Brad Beekman (15-3).
Dillon Root, Redwood: His personal best of 23-7 in the long jump could squeeze him onto the podium.
Buchanan 400 relay: A Bears quartet has never medaled (top six) in school history, but a school-record group (junior Jared Cape, senior Chris Brusenback, sophomore Billy East and junior Tyler Wonnell) has a great shot, helped in part by a couple major DQs last weekend in the Southern Section Masters.
Christian King, Centennial: His 37.74 buys a good lane.
Macy Bricks, Buchanan: A stress fracture in her leg torpedoed any chance of competing well on the state level a year ago, but the Arizona State-bound senior could make a run for the medal stand this time. Fittingly, the two-time Bee cross country Runner of the Year bids goodbye on her home track to a career featuring the section's third-best times in both the 1,600 (4:53.72) and 3,200 (10:38.19). She'll see familiar foes this weekend after placing seventh in the state D-I cross country championships at Woodward Park. Included will be Simi Valley frosh phenom Sarah Baxter -- the state's latest Jordan Hasay -- who's ranked third nationally in the 3,200 (10:14.11).
Katie Fry, Exeter: Her personal record in the 800 -- 2:12.14 to rank No. 9 in section history -- was clocked three months ago. She thinks she can drop it into the 2:08 neighborhood this weekend, when she'll have many to chase, such as nation-leading Amy Weissenbach.
Alex Collatz, Stockdale: A year after winning the state discus at 170-9 and setting a U.S. 17-and-under record at 180-9, she remains the state leader (162-8) in a remarkably quick recovery from ACL knee surgery following a volleyball injury.