102nd CIF-STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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One in a series of event-group recaps from Friday's Prelims from the CIF-State Meet at Buchanan HS in Clovis
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BOYS POLE VAULT QUALIFYING
The magic number to be certain to qualify was 15-3. Make that and you were among the top eight to advance. Miss that and you had to clear 14-11 fairly cleanly.
Although state leader (16-9) Hunter O'Brien of Roosevelt (SS) struggled, missing his first try at 14-11 and his first two at 15-3, he did manage to scale that height (15-3) and qualify eighth out of 12.
Only Lemoore (CS) senior Shane Bagley, who is very familiar with this facility, had a clean slate as he opened at 14-5, and then cleared 14-11 and 15-3 on his first tries, putting his poles away for the night early.
Another local who advanced was Buchanan (CS) junior Hilton Green who made 15-3 on his second try. His best is 16-5.
Bellarmine College Prep (CC) senior Justin Vigna came in with a best of 16-6 but no-heighted at 14-5. He was one of nine unable to get over the opening height on this day.
Others moving into Saturday's finals: Newport Harbor (SS) junior Leo Davis, Foothill Technology (SS) senior Aidan Hagerty, Dublin (NC) freshman Khaliq Muhammad, all over 15-3. Muhammad is the national leader in the Class of 2025.
GIRLS POLE VAULT QUALIFYING
Interestingly, the girls who cleared 12-7 automatically advanced but that 12-7 did not include co-state leader Jathiyah Muhammad of Dublin (NC), who struggled, passing the opening height of 11-9, missing once at 12-3 before making her only successful jump on her second attempt.
While the sophomore with a 14-foot PR certainly was not pleased with 12-3, at least she claimed one of the 12 finals berths.
The other co-state leader, Scripps Ranch (SD) senior Lexi Evans, also passed 11-9 but made 12-3 on her first try. It took her two tries at 12-7 before she cleared and called it a day. Del Norte (SD) Allison Leigh, who soared 14-feet a year ago, advanced by scaling 12-7 on her first effort.
Numbers-wise, the San Diego Section claimed half of the 12 berths, and the Madisyn Negro-led Southern Section got three with the Murrieta Valley junior missing just once at 12-3 before scaling 12-7.
Others advancing are Buchanan (CS) junior Jordan Leveque, Oak Ridge (SJ) senior Alison Sahaida, La Costa Canyon (SD) sophomore Iliana Downing, and San Dieguito Academy (SD) senior Quincy Hansen - all with 12-7 clearances.
Steve Brand is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to MileSplit.
Photos by Dan Tyree