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California-based track and field athletes are off to a hot start at the Nike National meet at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Two-time CIF-State discus champion Brendon See of JSerra (SS) had a personal-best throw of 205-03 and classmate Jake Stafford also had an all-time best throw of 192-11.75 during competition earlier this week.
It was the University od Oklahoma-bound See sweeping the throws and UCLA-bound Stafford winning the high jump and scoring in the discus throw at the CIF-State Meet that allowed JSerra to earn the runner-up team trophy at the California high school championship meet at the end of May. It was the second year in a row that See had won the discus throw title at the State Meet.
Also in the discus competition in Eugene, Buchanan (CS) junior Derek Smith PR'd at 189-06.50. Among other CA-based athletes in that competition, Rancho Buena Vista (SD) senior Tyler Knowles went 179-01.50, his third-best throw of the season.
On the girls side, Oaks Christian (SS) freshman sensation Rayah Rodriguez won tthe Freshman Girls 100m in 12.01 (0.9) after running an 11.96 (0.9) PR in prelims. Rodriguez went to State in the 200m and 400m, placing eighth in the 400m final.
Another freshman standout in Eugene, Kaylah Tasser for JSerra placed second in the 1500m (4:46.89).
Brazil Neal, Pleasant's teammate at Serra and future teammate at the University of Oregon, ran a 100-meter PR of 11.71 (-0.2) in qualifying. Canyon-Canyon Country (SS) junior Mikaela Warr also advanced to the final, running 11.73. Madison (SD) junior Amirah Shaheed, competing for Havoic Youth TC, did not make the final but she did run 11.99 (11.985) PR.
Other CA event winners so far included the following:
- Saniah Varnado (Pacific Coast ShockWaves) 56.45 in the middle school girls 400m (she placed second in the 200m in a 24.99 PR).
- Ava Padilla (California Grizzlies) 2:13.16 PR in the Middle School 800m (Grace Smith of Chino Hills Flash placed second in 2:13.84).
- Also, Lucas Alberts (Jesuit/SJ) placed second in the Middle School 800m in 1:58.83, a PR and mark that bettered the previous meet record.