CLOVIS — The 102nd CIF State Track and Field Championships took place May 27-28 at Buchanan’s Veterans Memorial Stadium, with several area student athletes competing strong till the finish.
Murrieta Mesa senior Cade Moran was the only local top of the podium finisher, while Great Oak’s Aiden Pastorian and J.C. Stevenson found their way on to the podiums, with second and third place finishes in a number of their respective events. There were also a handful of top-ten finishers from area high schools as well.
Moran, who won the State title in the shot put with a throw of 64-3 ¼, spent the season making more of a mark in the boys’ discus event with several throws of more than 200 feet, including setting a new Riverside County record early last month. At the State championships, it would be Moran that finally got past Great Oak’s Aiden Pastorian, who placed second with a shot put throw of 60-4.
As for the discus, JSerra’s Brendon See was the top finisher with a throw of 203-10, Moran took second place with a toss of 199-06 and Elsinore’s Elijah Ignacio placed third with a throw of 196-07.
The boys’ long jump title went to Jason Plumb of Corona del Mar with a mark of 24-05.75-3.9, while Great Oak’s J.C. Stevenson hit 24-03.25-1.8 and took third place. Elijah Yoshinaga of Elsinore had a seventh-place jump of 22-09.50-1.8. Stevenson also took second place in the boys’ triple jump with his flight of 47-04.00:1.6. Camryn O’Bannon (12) of St. John Bosco took the top spot with his leap of 47-06.75:1.22. Elijah Yoshinaga (12) of Elsinore took the sixth-place spot with his jump of 46-00.25:1.8.
The girls’ pole vault title went to Jathiyah Muhammad, a sophomore from Dublin High School, who took height at 13-09. Murrieta Valley’s Madisyn Negro (11) placed sixth with a vault of 12-05.00 and Aspen Fears (10) of Vista Murrieta came just under the top-ten spot, at ninth place with her vault of 12-05.00.
The girls’ long jump title went to Sydnie Vanek, a junior from Clovis High School with a jump of 20-08.50:3.1, while the only local top-ten finisher was Vista Murrieta’s Alyssa Alumbres (10) with her leap of 19-05.50:2.4. Alumbres also placed sixth in the girls’ triple jump at 38-02.25 0.8. Alyssa Hope (11) from King High School jumped 40-02.75:2.8 to take first place in that category. And finally, the girls’ 100-meter hurdles title went to Charlize James (12) of San Diego High School with a time of 13.95:0.7. Kailah McKenzie (11) from Orange Vista represented the area in the top ten with a time of 14.54:0.7.
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