Shearer survives scare, shines at Central Coast Finals

Jazlynn Shearer won three events and place second in a fourth at the CIF-CCS Finals. (File photo)

GILROY -- Jazlynn Shearer got the scare of her life earlier this week. The Silver Creek High School senior injured her knee. At first, it was feared she had torn her meniscus -- which would have meant the end of her high school career.

"MRI, X-ray came up negative," Shearer said. "Right now, we're thinking strained muscle."

After the sigh of relief, Shearer competed at the Central Coast Section track and field championships on Friday at Gilroy High School.

She didn't exactly take it easy -- winning three events and finishing second in the other, scoring 38 points by herself.

Shearer started out by winning the long jump at 18 feet, nine inches. She then won the 100-meter hurdles in 13.86 seconds. She came back to win the triple jump at 38-08.50. She finished second in the 100 (12.18) behind Menlo-Atherton's Jessica Eagle (12.07).

In her only real concession to the knee, Shearer limited her jumping to three attempts in the long jump and one in the triple jump.

"I wanted to win all four but I'm proud of what I did," Shearer said.

When asked if she was happy with her marks, she said, "Definitely."

Shearer said she will drop the 100 but compete in the other three events at next weekend's California Interscholastic Federation championships in Clovis. The top three finishers in each event at the CCS championships automatically qualified for state.

Shearer's goals are lofty. She finished fourth in the 100 hurdles at last year's State Meet with a mark of 13.76. She was also fifth in the triple jump (40-01.75) and eighth in the long jump (18-03).

"I want to try to PR in hurdles and jumps and hopefully win hurdles and triple and see what happens in long," Shearer said.

Another athlete with lofty goals is Bellarmine College Prep's Colin Peattie, who won both the boys 1600 and 3200.

"It's an honor racing here against the best of the best in the section and excited to move on to the state level next week," he said. "After qualifying last week, I felt great. My legs have been feeling really fresh this season, so I knew a really big race was coming. I'm happy it came today."

Peattie, a sophomore, went out strong in the 1600, going to front and staying there. He won in 4:11.52.

"We did exactly what we wanted," he said. "I wanted to take it out hard and try to just pull away from everybody. I don't know if that actually happened, I think they were right behind me. The plan was to lead and it worked."

A trio of Mountain View St. Francis runners were right behind Peattie. Juan Pablo Garcia was second in 4:13.95, followed by Eric Eng (4:14.41) and Daniel Skahill (4:20.24). Skahill was odd-man out.

Peattie said he will run both events at the CIF championships, a grueling prospect against the best runners in the state.

"You definitely have to make adjustments for next week -- the big boys down there," Peattie said.

A year ago, Peattie just missed out on making the State Meet, finishing fourth. Edging him out was his friend, Westmont's Garrett McQuiddy. This year, the latter won the 800 in 1:54.83. He also was cheering Peattie on with this dad, who has long wanted Peattie to cut his long, blonde hair. Peattie celebrated his win by screaming, "I'm never cutting my hair again!"

Los Gatos won the boys team title handily and Menlo School won the girls. Scott Toney of St. Francis won the boys pole vault at 15-09. Masaki Wada-Law of Los Gatos won the boys 110 hurdles (14.49) and was second in the 300 hurdles (38.47). Teammate Joey Monti won the latter event in 38.09 after having taken second in the 400 (49.14).

San Lorenzo Valley's Camryn Crouch swept the girls 200 and 400 in 24.97 and 56.53, respectively.