Great day for the Valley! Buchanan girls, Clovis North boys both capture a state title

Clovis Unified ran supreme at the 101st CIF State Track and Field Championships

That is because the Buchanan High girls and Clovis North boys secured team titles on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

It is the first time the Central Section has won a state championship in boys/girls during the same year, according to track and field section historian Ron Blackwood.

Buchanan girls — The Bears won their first-ever state team championship, tallying 50 points in the 16 events.

Second-place Silver Creek-San Jose of the Central Coast Section took second with 28 points.

Buchanan’s run to the team victory got a boost late in the program when Shelby Daniele won the 200-meter sprint. She also took seventh in the 100-meter dash.

Daniele reacted with surprise after running the 200 in a wind-legal 23.73, the second-best in Central Section history, Blackwood said.

“I saw two girls and I said I have to do this for the team,” she said. “I ran past them and got to the finish and I was like no way did I just do that? I saw my time and I broke down because I didn’t know what to do. I was excited and it’s an amazing feeling.”

The Bears’ Meagen Lowe finished runner-up in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200. Teammate Corie Smith, the 2017 state cross country champion, was second in the 3,200.

The Bears also got runner-up points from Haley Abirached in the triple jump and the 400 relay team.

Two other Buchanan athletes were in the top 12: Maren Butler, 10th in the shot put; and Haley Barham, 11th in the pole vault.

Clovis North boys — The Broncos captured their first-ever state title, registering 41 points in 16 events.

Second-place Monterey Trail-Elk Grove edged fellow Sac-Joaquin Section member Jesuit-Sacramento 27-24 for second place.

Clovis North’s state bid was powered by Caleb Foster’s 36-point day: two firsts, a second and the anchor leg on the second-place 400 relay team.

Teammate Naythn Scruggs took sixth in the 100-meter sprint and ran a leg of the relay.

Isaiah Galindo placed seventh in the 3,200-meter run.

Here are other highlights from the state meet:

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400 relays – The Clovis North boys and Buchanan girls each finished second after coming in with the best qualifying times.

The boys race was a near photo-finish, with Monterey Trail timing 41.47 seconds to Clovis North’s 41.49.

The Buchanan girls were beaten by Scripps Ranch-San Diego, which timed 46.51 to the Bears’ 46.75.

Girls 1,600 – Buchanan’s Lowe set a school record with a time of 4:43.61, placing second. Her time is No. 5 in the country. Jaqueline Duarte of Chino Hills won in 4:42.58.

Boys discus – Buchanan throwers went 2-3.

Christian Johnson placed second with a mark of 179 feet 11 inches and teammate Kyler Van Grouw was third at 177-9. Gino Cruz of Newbury Park won at 191-11.

Boys 100 – Kenan Christon of Madison-San Diego tied the state meet record with a 10.30. Fresno State football fans might see him in August, when the Bulldogs open the football season at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against USC. Christon is a four-star running back recruited by the Trojans.

Girls pole vault – Clovis West senior Elizabeth Funk, a favorite coming in, placed fifth (12-8) behind four girls who cleared 13 feet or better.

For complete results, go here.

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