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Three advance to state meet, Vikings' Harper alive in four events

First day results from SJS Masters track and field finals
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Friday will be tough duty for Oakmont High sophomore Jazmin Harper. The elite sprinter did all she could at Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field trials, qualifying for the Friday night finals in all four of her events. Harper turned in the fastest time in the girls 400-meter dash, and her 4x400 relay team was .01 seconds off of Woodcreek’s No. 1 time in the team event. She also finished sixth in the 200-meter preliminary and as part of Oakmont’s fifth place 4x100 relay team. The top nine from Thursday’s qualifying races in the running events advance to tonight’s finals at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College. The 1600- and 3200-meter runs had no trials round, so all competitors in those events will take one crack at reaching the state meet tonight. The top three in each section final, plus any athletes who exceed a minimum state qualifying at-large time, height or distance move on to Clovis and the state meet next week. The trials and finals field events play out on one day, with ½ of the events completed Thursday and the balance going off tonight. Granite Bay sophomore James Kinloch was the first Placer County athlete to qualify for the state meet with his second place Masters finish in the boys discus. With a toss of 161 feet, 7 inches, Kinloch sealed a spot in next week’s main event. Also advancing in field events were a number of pre-meet favorites. Granite Bay long jumper Justin Sutter, who has the longest leap in the state this year at 24 feet, 4 inches maxed out at 23-6 Thursday, a mark still good enough to win the section crown and send him to Clovis. Roseville sophomore Chelsee Elliott finished sixth in the girls long jump, leaving her one more chance in Friday's triple jump to reach the top three and a state meet berth. Robbie Simmons of Rocklin won the section pole vault title with a top mark of 16 feet, 4 inches. His twin brother, Cale, took second place with a 15 foot, 10 inch vault. Jordon Alviso of Granite Bay finished fourth, but his 15 foot, 4 inch top height clears the 14 foot, 10 inch at-large height hurdle, so the Granite Bay senior will participate next week. It appears that the Simmons brothers will not attend the state meet, as it conflicts with Rocklin High graduation. In the girls 4x400 relay qualifying heats, the stage is set for an exciting runoff with three teams finishing under four minutes in Thursday's preliminary rounds. Woodcreek's preliminary time is .01 better than second place Oakmont's number, putting the two Roseville city rivals next to each other in the center of the track on Friday night. With a seventh-place finish in qualifying, Del Oro will also run in the Friday night relay final. The times were a few seconds behind each team’s prior top marks, so expect a fierce battle in Friday night’s final girls event just after 9 p.m. at Hughes Stadium. After missing out earlier in the day in the 100-meter, Roseville's Jordan Magnusson did reach the Friday final with a sixth place run in the 200. Friday’s Master finals get underway with field events starting at 3 p.m. The men’s high jump, women’s pole vault, men’s triple jump and women’s discus are first up, with the final two field events – men’s shot put and women’s triple jump to follow at 5 p.m. The running finals on the track begin with the women’s 4x100 relay at 6 p.m., with the final event, the men’s 4x400 set to step off at 9:10 p.m. The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field finals are being held at Hughes Stadium, where $5 will be charged to park, plus $9 for adults and $5 for students with an I.D. card for admission at the gate.