I will be even more bold than my colleague Albert Caruana: I think the CIF State Championship is THE BEST high school state meet in the country. The biggest state in the nation, bringing athletes together in only a single division of competition, after three to four grueling rounds of championship competition? You truly have to be the best of the best to even make it to Clovis this weekend, and that level of competition can inspire some incredible performances.
On the following slides you will find the favorites and their main competition for each of the field events, plus a look at which athletes are the hottest coming into the weekend. After all, neither season bests nor section finals marks can tell the whole story - you only get that when you look at an athlete's season in its entirety. Did he hit that PR last weekend, or was it back in March? Has she been consistently strong, or has she been trending downward lately? The factors can help us to determine who should be considered the true contenders in each event.
Look for our statistical examination of recent state meets (Top 10 of the Last 10) on Friday, and of course keep checking back over the weekend for all the updates, photos, interviews, and video highlights that we can manage to gather with our team in Clovis!