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High school track’s biggest stage calls 13 local athletes

Granite Bay field events most likely source of state meet success
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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A quick glance at the top performances from around the state would leave any local track fan with a feeling that the best hope to reach the podium at this weekend’s state high school track and field finals lies in a pair of field events. Granite Bay long jumper Justin Sutter still holds the mark for the longest leap in the state this season with his 24-4 result at the Arcadia Invitational. The senior is fresh off his win at the section Masters meet and enters the state arena with lofty expectations. “The game plan last week at the Masters was to get a few jumps in over 23 feet and come back strong to jump well at practice the next day,” said Granite Bay jumps coach Carla Kehoe. “We wanted to simulate the jump rounds for the state meet, where you have to jump well two days in a row.” Sutter has a definite plan as he heads to Clovis, and he has been building for this moment all season. “The first goal is to pop a good jump in the trials (Friday) and qualify for Saturday,” Kehoe said. “On Saturday, I would like Justin to have progressively better jumps in his series and to finish strong in his last jumps.” Many of his top competitors are jumpers Sutter has seen before, and he will be ready for what they bring to the pit. “There are a few guys that are jumping in the 23s and a few that could jump over 24 feet,” Kehoe said. “Justin’s best performances occur when there is good competition and they all feed off of each other. He thrives on competition and does not allow himself to get rattled if someone else is jumping well, but he uses their energy to jump better.” The Grizzlies also figure to have a shot in both the boys and girls pole vault, where Jordon Alviso comes in among the top 10 in the state, and with Rocklin’s Simmons brothers not participating, his chances of a medal are even more improved. “Jordon is so ready to vault 16 feet,” said Granite Bay coach Jackie Nasca. “When that happens he could very well find himself on the podium and even in the lead.” With a vault of 12 feet, 6 inches, Granite Bay’s Katie Zingheim slipped past highly regarded MacKenzie Landry of Del Oro to win the pole vault at the Masters meet, and the duo should battle again in Clovis. Woodcreek’s Kayla Kamaka will also be competing in the state meet in the pole vault. “Katie (Zingheim) is sitting fourth with the leader at a height of 12-9,” Nasca said. “Katie was going for that last week and she has her sites set on a 13-foot vault this week. That will have her on the leader board.” Granite Bay’s James Kinloch will be a long shot in the discus field, but the sophomore will let it fly with nothing to lose, and has already shocked the world with his second place finish at the Masters. “James is in a great position,” Nasca said. “Being that he is one of the youngest ones out there this is a great opportunity to see what it is like at a big meet. This will prepare him for the next two years when he comes back.” His coach hopes that his placement in the throwing rotation will be a help to Kinloch. “I don't think making it to finals is out of the question,” Nasca said. “He is in the first flight and that can help to take some pressure off him and allow him to maybe set the tome for the first flight. I am excited for him to see how well he competes in such a big meet. This will just give him so much to learn from so that next year the podium is definitely in sight.” On the track, Oakmont sprinter Jazmin Harper is the lone runner who ranks in the top 10 in the state in her event. The Viking sophomore should benefit from a singular focus on the 400, and has a chance to reach Saturday’s final in her best event. Granite Bay sophomore Brooke Holt and Woodcreek junior Courtney Crosta will do battle again in the 3,200-meter run. Crosta was the winner of the Division II final on a day when Holt ran both the 3,200 and 1,600, but Holt turned the tables, finishing ahead of Crosta in second place at the Masters. Neither runner has delivered a time in the top 20 in the state this year, but the faster pace of the runners from Southern California could bring on outstanding results for both. “Her (Holt) goal is sub-11:00, actually sub-10:50 and she is hoping to maybe make the top 10,” said Granite Bay distance coach Randall Sturgeon. “As she won't be up with the leaders in this race she plans to tuck in behind and go out at a much faster pace this week.” Those results would be a nice improvement for the Granite Bay sophomore, who ran the 3,200 in 11:05 at the Masters meet. Christine Zavesky is another Grizzly sophomore distance runner with a high hurdle to leap at the state meet. Her second place finish at the section final sends her south to face a slew of the state’s fastest milers. The Woodcreek contingent is anchored by its 4x400 girls relay team. The quartet - Maya Cabiness, Hannah Hardy, Lauren Sederberg and Jacque Harvel tend to run a steady pace before Harvel turns it on over the final 200 meters of the anchor leg. The relay field in Clovis will be fast, and the youthful foursome will need a huge night to reach the top 10. FYI: What: 2009 CIF California State Track and Field Championships When: Thursday and Friday, June 5-6 Where: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Buchanan High School, Clovis Results: rosevillept.com/sports and granitebaypt.com/sports