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Sutter, Harper through to finals at state meet

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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Granite Bay's Justin Sutter did what was required in one mighty leap in Friday afternoon's preliminary round of the long jump competition at the CIF California State Track Championships in Clovis. The senior passed on his final two attempts after a 23 foot, 5 inch result that left him second and comfortably through to Saturday's finals. The Sierra Foothill League and Sac-Joaquin Section champion will have his work cut out for him Saturday as Aaron Bradley of Gahr High School in the Southern Section popped a 24-02.75 on his second attempt at the trials. Three other athletes exceeded the 23-foot mark Friday, as the top nine advance to the finals. Oakmont sophomore Jazmin Harper rode the energy in sharing a heat with Akawkaw Ndipagbor of Long Beach Poly, who delivered the fastest preliminary time of the night in the girls 400. Harper finished second in the heat, and posted the sixth-best time in qualifying (55.47). That is good enough to bring her back on Saturday night for the event finals. The magic number in the girls pole vault was 11 feet, 8 inches. Each of the top 12 competitors cleared that height and moved on to Saturday's finals. Granite Bay's Katie Zingheim and Woodcreek's Kayla Kamaka needed multiple attempts to clear 11-08, but both moved on, as did Del Oro's MacKenzie Landry, who made it on her first effort. There was no preliminary round in the 3,200-meter run, so Brooke Holt of Granite Bay and Courtney Crosta of Woodcreek will race in that final on Saturday. In other early results from Clovis, James Kinloch, the Granite Bay sophomore, was 18th in the discus prelims, and will not advance to the finals on Saturday after a top toss of 155 feet. Christine Zavesky (Granite Bay) posted a 5:03.37 in the 1,600-meter run, good for 20th place, but shy of what would be required for a trip to the finals. Jordon Alviso came up short in the boys pole vault trials, as his 14 foot, 3 inch vault was good only for 17th position. The Woodcreek girls 4x400-meter relay team came up 19th in their qualifier, and will therefore also sit out Saturday's finals. Check back Saturday night for finals results as they become available, and visit us early next week for full results and analysis. -kurtj@goldcountrymedia.com