RECAP Fields Sisters, Depth of Davis Key To SJS Team Titles


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DAVIS -- Cameron Fields and Kori Fields led a dominant performance by the Stockton St. Mary's girls, and Davis got points in nine of the 16 events from nine different athletes to beat Enochs for the boys team title at the two-day CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships held over the weekend at Davis Senior HS.

The Fields siblings took home quite a bit of hardware after Saturday's second day of competition. Senior Cameron Fields won the 100-meter dash in 11.81 (1.7), the long jump (18-8.50/0.9), the triple jump (39-00.50/4.4), and helped the winning 4x100-meter relay team. While Kori, a junior, won the 200m  (24.44/-0.7), placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.26/xx), and anchored that 4x1 which also included sophomore Kendall Clay and senior Ryen Scott, and dropped a 46.66 that ranks CA No. 8. 

Senior Tai Sherman, who placed seventh in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump, was the only other girl to score for St. Mary's. The Fields' siblings accounted for 48 points from the individual events. 

The Sac-Joaquin Section was allotted three automatic State Meet qualifying spots for each event, plus anyone who hit state at-large qualifying standards. 

Senior Ray Oldham accounted for 13 points, winning the high jump and scoring points in both the 200m and long jump. But he fell short of advancing to State in anything other than the high jump. Still, the Blue Devils depth across nine events made it possible for them to beat an Enochs' squad that scored 33 points alone in the throws and had the high jump runner-up. 

Senior Zachary Ayers in the 3200m was the only other event champion for Davis, junior Ryan Mitchell, who was runner-up in the 1600m, and Andrew Baum, who picked up six key points for third place in the discus throw, will represent the SJS boys team champions at State. 

Senior Abayomi Babalola led Enochs, sweeping throws, going 168-1 in the discus during Friday's competition and 52-9.50 in the shot put on Saturday. Teammate Steve Mai was second in the discus (160-7) and fourth in the shot put (48-5). 

A marquee name who will not compete at the State Meet is St. Mary's senior Jadyn Marshall, one of the nation's best combination hurdlers. Marshall, who qualified in both hurdles events for the State Meet as a freshman in 2019, tried to persevere through a hamstring injury but shut it down after failing to advance after Friday's 110-meter hurdles prelims.

His absence not only frees up a spot for another SJS top-three qualifier to State, but also could have an impact on who wins the team title next week, with a deep Upland quartet of hurdlers qualifying out of the Southern Section. 

SJS hurdles champions on Saturday were Woodcreek senior Isaiah Earls in the 110m hurdles (14.55/1.4) and Ripon senior Anthony Sausedo in the 300m hurdles (38.26). 

St. Mary's will have representation on the boys side with distance runner Daniel Winter, who advanced in both the 1600m (4:15.27) and the 3200m (9:09.79). 

Jesuit junior Brandon Moreno won the 1600m (4:12.82) to edge Mitchell (4:13.02) with Winter grabbing that third qualifying spot. Ayers won the 3200m (9:04.82) with Winter second and Folsom junior Nathan Short grabbing that last qualifying spot (9:12.83). Jesuit senior Braden King, one of the state's top distance runners, suffered a concussion and broken jaw at last week's division meet and was unable to compete.

Other boys event champions:

- Manteca senior Zion Allen swept the sprints, winning the 100m in 10.73 (0.5), and the 200m in 21.82 (-1.8).

- Whitney junior John Dailey won the 400m in 48.44

- Hughson junior Joseph Lighthall clocked 1:54.25 to edge Stockton Lincoln senior Noah Pagaran (1:54.53) in the 800m

- With senior Nathan Kent on anchor, Rocklin won the 4x400-meter relay in 3:16.62. It was just the third meet of the season for Kent, who had been battling injuries. He anchored in 46.6.

- Yuba City, with sophomore Amias Bazemore anchoring, won the 4x1 in 42.43 with Cosumnes Oaks next in 42.44.

- Lodi junior Maceo McDowell won the long jump (23-10.00)

- Pleasant Grove senior Axel Verdoorn cleared 15-5 to win the pole vault, with Turlock sophomore Max McFarlane, Oak Ridge senior Kyle Burns, and Turlock senior Ian Strode all clearing 14-11, the state at-large standard. This is the only event at the meet where more than three qualifiers will advance to State.

Edison senior Jonathan Taylor went 46-00.50 (1.9) to win the triple jump.

Other girls winning SJS titles

- Del Oro senior Riley Chamberlain (10:20.51), St. Francis senior Cate Joaquin (10:28.69) and Whitney junior Katie Kopec (10:34.95) were the qualifiers in the 3200m. Chamberlain is one of the few who qualified for the finals at the last State Meet in 2019 as freshmen who will be returning as seniors. She placed fourth in the 3200m State final in 2019.

- St. Francis senior Tatiana Cornejo won the 1600m in 5:02.97 but fell short later in her quest at doubling in the 800m, running 2:17.42 for fourth place behind Oakdale Haleigh Humble (2:13.79), Edison senior Aliyah Williams (2:13.87), and Rio Americano sophomore Summer Doyle (2:16.06), who all ran PRs.

- Rocklin sophomore Giselle Kirchner won the 100m hurdles,(14.03/1.0) to beat Kori Fields, with Stockton Lincoln junior Y'Vette Harris third (14.52).

 - Harris came back to run a PR in winning the 300m hurdles (42.61) to edge Christian Brothers junior Keilee Hall (42.76). Kirchner was fourth in 44.74, missing the at-large qualifying standard of 43.96.

- Fairfield senior Mikelia Strong won the 400m in 56.38

- Bella Vista, with senior Isabelle Rasmussen on anchor, went 3:56.76 to win the 4x400-meter relay. 

- Weston Ranch junior Galadriel Mellion swept the throws, winning the shot put (40-04) during Friday's competition and coming back Saturday to win the discus (137-6). 

- Oak Ridge senior Alison Sahaida won the pole vault (13-2)

- Whitney junior Ashanti Elie won the high jump 5-6 with Golden Valley senior Jasmine Severo second (5-5) and Bella Vista senior Isabella Chilcutt clearing 5-3 to grab the section's final qualifying spot. Chilcutt went to State as a freshman in 2019, competing in prelims. 

Jeffrey Parenti is the California state editor for MileSplit

Dan Tyree contributed to this recap

Photos by James Leash and Dan Tyree