We have already posted a preview for the distance races in this section so today, we are going to focus on all of the other events. Below, you can check out the top 7 athletes in CCS who you should keep an eye on for the 2021 Track and Field season.
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It didn't take long for Sebastian Sanso to establish himself as the best high jumper in the section. At the Santa Cruz County Elite Invite, Sanso raised his PR to 6-3 which puts him in a great position to win the section and advance to the state meet.
Andrew Bachman - Monte Vista Christian (800m)
We already covered the distance runners in an earlier article but Andrew Bachman deserves a special mention here. He is one of two returning runners to run in the 2019 CCS final in the 800 and has already established a new PR of 1:55.73 this season.
Through the first month of the season, Leo Garcia-Czarkowski has the best pole vault mark of the section at 13-6. Along with the Bells strength in the distance races, Garcia-Czarkowski gives them another event with major points that could lead to another team title for Bellarmine. He also has the 2nd fastest mark in the 110m Hurdles at 15.91.
It's unusual for a sophomore to win the discus at CCS but that is just what Charlie Dang did in the 2019 season. He powered his way to a 168-6 PR at the section final to win and then improved that mark to 174-6 to qualify for the CA state meet final.
Salcedo qualified for the CCS Championship in 2019 as a freshman. He had a best of 6-2 which he matched in the final to finish in 5th place.
Jaiden Russell qualified in two events (400/200) to the CCS finals in 2019. That valuable experience will bode well for him now that he is a senior. He will be looking to best his best times of 22.49 and 50.12 and have a great opportunity to qualify for the state meet in both events.
Alex Castro-Neri - San Lorenzo Valley (Sprints)
Alex Casto-Neri has the fastest times in the 100 and 200 currently at 11.20 and 22.30. He is also undefeated this season in 8 races in those events. Look for him to dip under 11 and 22 seconds in those respective events.
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Albert Caruana is a regular contributor to MileSplitCA and serves as the CCS and NCS editor.