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On the runways, Santa Margarita wunderkind Kaitlyn Merritt recently captured the national spotlight with her national ninth-grade record performance in the pole vault, kicking off a blockbuster prep career which promises to highlight future CIF state meets as well. With national-class programs such as Long Beach Poly, Serra, Vista Murrieta and Loyola performing in this two-day extravaganza at one of the nation's premier facilities, look for the action and excitement to be nonstop! Here's our breakdown of each of the event areas and the team battles: The highlight clash should be thewhere tactics could play a huge role in the outcome.
La Costa Canyon's Darren Fahy has been the premier distance talent in the state for much of this spring, but he'll be facing the greatest distance duo in Central Valley history in Buchanan's Cody Brazeal and Stockdale's Blake Haney at left, Kirby Lee photo.
Fahy and Haney are the main distance names doubling on the boys side this weekend and will be tempted to try to conserve as much energy as possible in the qualifying and final before jousting against a stacked field in the In cross-country last fall, Haney performed like a veteran in sitting on Brazeal's pace in the Central Section Finals before whipping by him down the stretch for the win.
Two weeks ago in the rematch at the Valley Masters Meet, however, Haney looked more like the sophomore that he is in mistakenly doing all the work as Brazeal took full advantage and returned the favor, closing hard to roll to a 4: He's the top returnee after taking the bronze medal at state last year and he has looked awfully good this postseason, sometimes looking as he's toying with the field before starting his kick.
Fahy could be the most talented one on the line, but talent won't win this.
A smart racing plan will. Since Fahy needs to pile up team points, it will be up to the others to execute a smart plan and not let it come down to a short kick. And it will be up to Fahy to pull off an Elias Gedyon-like pace trap think back to in trying to out-smart them all. The meters should be another war.
With Fahy and Haney doubling -- tripling, in essence, since there are two rounds in the -- the odds will be against the muti-lap mega-talents. The most dangerous remaining combatants should be St. Both are amazing aerobic talents and extremely well coached, so look for them to each devise a winning plan. With his daunting weekend schedule, Fahy will aim to prove he's undoubtedly the best in the distances while Haney -- the nation's top sophomore -- will have opportunity to add yet another chapter to his already remarkable young career.
The boys two-lapper is easily the most wide open of the distance events. Army and Navy Academy's Alexander Monsivaiz -- who moved in from the state of Colorado to the San Diego-based military boarding school -- leads the state by more than a full second at 1: If Moulton's anywhere close down the last straightaway, he will almost certainly find a way to win.
However, most of the state's top half milers — including Northern Section champ Dylan Chamberlen of Paradise — haven't met head to head this spring, so a major surprise could be in store. The big question in is: Gamboa blazed to a wind-legal state best If Gamboa's "The Beef", then Muhammad is the carnivore.
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All he did last Friday was eat up Gamboa down the stretch at the Southern Section Masters Meet to win in a lifetime-best Thehowever, should be more than a two-pony show, especially with Palo Alto junior E. Floreal in the picture. All "junior" has done this year to uphold the family's athletic heritage is completely shred the Central Coast Section competition, including a wind legal Not bad for someone who's said to be even better in basketball!
Looking for a little more heat? It's most of the same players coming back at meters, but toss in Corona Roosevelt's Elijah Mitchell, who ripped a wind legal Rohani is the ultra-smooth dash wiz from area codeleading the state at Clark is the man-child from the L.
City Section, where he led the Dons to their third straight City title after purring to a sweep and powering both relay wins.
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Clark's mom, the former Rosalyn Bryant, was a silver medalist for the Americans in the 4x relay at the Olympic Games in Montreal.
Clark has scratched from the at state, but might face Rohani in what would be Clark's fifth race in a hour span to just two races for Rohani. That detail could spell the difference.
Should both of the co-favorites falter, Central Section champion Isaiah Cantu of Hanford and vastly improved Alex McElwee of Arcadia, each focusing on single events, could surprise. In the baton events, Rio Mesa has been the story this spring. The Spartans recently held the state lead across the board in the 4x, 4x and 4x, with Blake Selig above, Rich Gonzalez photoCameron Roach, Darion Zimmerman and Drew Weisenberger playing big interchangeable roles.
Walker, the North Coast Section champion, is unbeaten in the highs against California competition this spring. As several of the state's other top hurdlers have encountered disaster in the qualifying rounds, not only has Walker emerged as a clearer favorite, but Gardena Serra's Lloyd Siscard has been creeping up the form charts as well.
That's great news for the Cavaliers, who could benefit from big bonus points in the hunt for the team title. The intermediate hurdles should be thrilling and unpredictable, as always. Damien's Jarrett Gonzales posted the performance of the year in this event with his Siscard was just one-hundredth of a second behind Hammond at Masters and will look to score key team points in that events as well. Cochran has been literally unbeatable in the discus this spring, winning all his meets and the most-coveted titles Arcadia, Mt.
All Cochran pretty much needs to do is make sure he gets a fair throw.
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Be warned, however, many times in state meet history we've seen a clear throws favorite encounter major setback. Vuncannon, a 5-foot, pound beatbox champion, has made major waves after recently taking up the event and moving to California this year; it would be a storybook season finish for the multi-talented teen.
The boys shot put is more wide open. Cochran is the state leader atheading up a trio of foot performers along with Kovar and Hunter-Simms tossing around the pound ball, but Arroyo Grande's Garrett Weinreich made a major statement by beating all the top names at last Friday's Southern Section Masters Meet. Another big name to track is Gridley's Ryan Donnahoe, who powered out to a lifetime-best Miles Poullard of Colony -- the only 7-footer in the state this spring -- and California of San Ramon's Noel Frazier, a highly consistent performer, are additional top-line entries.
The pole vault has taken on an air of uncertainty as state leader Colin Barber of San Ramon Valley -- at 16 feet, 7 inches -- is injured and has been struggling of late. The boys long jump has developed much interest in recent weeks, with a deep list of at least a half dozen footers taking shape.
However, none has been truly consistent this spring. Perhaps the biggest threat to win the crown could be a sophomore — Serra's Adoree' Jackson, who spanned a wind-aided at his league final, among the best marks by a California tenth grader in years. The boys triple jump field is headlined by World Youth Championships competitor Jaelen Spencer of Sultana, whose Notre Dame, with sprint maven Khalfani Muhammad leading the and fields and representing in the short relay, is also right there, with dasher Eric McDaniel's potential for bonus team points in the looming large.
Rio Mesa, led by dazzling senior speedster Blake Selig, and Darren Fahy-led La Costa Canyon are among those harboring solid threats to land on the podium with a top-three team finish. Regardless of who the team champion ends up being, chances are very good that their identity won't be determined until all the 4x relay teams have crossed the line.
That's where defending champion Cami Chapus of Harvard-Westlake takes on bronze medalist Nikki Hiltz of Aptos in the showdown of showdowns. Everyone in the state — and across the country, for that matter — knows about Chapus, but Hiltz is every bit just as good. While it is rare when a freshman can make a clear and immediate impact on the varsity level, it is rarer yet when a ninth grader can prosper in one of the toughest leagues in the nation. Harvard-Westlake's Garrett Robinson top of page, photo courtesy of Tim Sharpe did just that, not only holding his own against the Mission League's best, but actually winning the meter dash title on the varsity level with a stellar Robinson also ranked second in the state for his class in the meter dash, owning a wind-legal best of Unlike the entry limitations which freshmen sprinters and field eventers might encounter at invitationals especially on the varsity levelmore liberal field sizes in the distance events often allows for ample opportunity for the multi-lappers to shine and develop in their first year of high school.
Huntington Beach Edison's Cooper Kossick photo at right, courtesy of Brian Brierly took full advantage of those opportunities to record the fastest time in the state in the meter run, 4: Two weeks later, Kossick then posted the fastest mile in the state by a frosh, purring to a 4: On six occasions, Kossick bettered 4: Saratoga's Steven Sum was riding a hot groove by late season, dipping under 9: At meters, Vista Del Lago's Jeremiah Bias clearly was the class of his class, recording the three fastest times of the year in the two lapper.
His seasonal best of 1: As is very often the case, few freshmen are able to make a real dent on the ultra-deep annual state lists in the technique-oriented events, which are the hurdles and the field events.