Local athletes gained four silver medals and qualified for the state championships on Saturday as the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters championship meet proceeded as scheduled in spite of Saturday’s rain storm.
Those medals are in addition to two gold medals and two silver medals local athletes earned on Friday, the first day of the Masters meet, when the preliminary track events and half of the field events were held.
West High junior Melisa Toilolo’s second place throw of 129 feet, 10 inches in the discus on Saturday means she qualifies for the California Interscholastic Federation in two events, including the shot put, which she won on Friday with a throw of 43-8½. It will be her second trip to the state meet, this Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School in Clovis, having qualified in both events last year.
“I’m confident but I’m not going to be over-confident because there are big throwers out there. It’s everybody who comes to the state meet,” she said. “I’ve just got to keep myself humble and thank the man upstairs. I just have to throw far and work harder this week than I’ve every worked before because state is nothing to play around with.”
Also qualifying in two events is Kimball High junior Allan Hunter. He won the triple jump on Friday with his best mark yet (45-11½), nearly two feet further than his previous best jump (44-2), which he set at the Valley Oak League championships at Kimball High on May 2.
On Saturday he followed that up with a second-place mark in the long jump (22-11¼). He hit that distance on his fourth jump of the day, a little more than an inch further than his previous personal record (22-10) from the SJS Division 3 meet on May 9.
“I knew everyone else was going to do good so I had to get my best mark yet,” Hunter said on Saturday after the long jump. He added that by the time the second flight of the long jump began – it was the last event of the day on Saturday, after all of the races on the track – the rain had started to subside.
He expects to improve on both marks this coming weekend at state.
“I know I’m not at the top so I’ll have to get my best marks when I get there. There was a lot of good competition here today. If I hadn’t PRed (personal record) I probably wouldn’t have been up there.”
Right behind Hunter on Friday was West junior Brandon Lindner in second place (45-5). Lindner logged his best mark on his first jump of the day, but it’s still short of his best distance, having reached that (46-9½) at the Tri-City Athletic League championships on May 3.
Hunter also was one of 19 athletes still competing in the high jump, which was postponed on Saturday after the rain caused puddles to form right in front of the bar. He had cleared 6 feet, but section officials stopped the event right after the bar was raised to 6-2. Competition resumed on Monday at Tokay High in Lodi. Hunter cleared the bar at 6-2 on his third attempt, but did not clear the bar at 6-4, which would have gained him an at-large entry into the state competition. He finished in 14th place.
Tracy High junior Jason Reyes was undaunted by Saturday’s rains as he hit his best distance yet in the shot put. He took second place with a throw of 49-1.
“It felt good. I just tried not to think about it and went out there with a positive mindset and just threw as far as I could,” Reyes said.
It beats his previous best mark, 48-8¼, which he set at the Sacramento Meet of Champions on April 20.
He also hit his best mark yet in the discus (151-8) on Friday to take second place in that event, and he expects to add distance on both throws once he gets to state.
“I know I’ve got a lot to work on. Going to state, there will be even bigger throwers out there,” he said. “I’ve got to show up and compete and my main goal is to just PR, go out there and do the best I can. I’m confident for both.”
West High junior Warren Williams makes his second trip to the state meet after he placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles. Williams matched the previous SJS Masters Meet record (13.87), set by Kimball High’s Deion Lightfoot in 2016, but rival hurdler Jamar Marshall from St. Mary’s High leaned into the finish line to win it with a new meet record (13.84). Marshall fell forward onto the track after crossing the finish line, but returned to take third place in the 300 hurdles.
Williams said he felt that the rain, which was coming down during their race, affected him.
“It was really wet. My clothes were wet and I felt kind of heavy,” he said, adding that he just concentrated on running his best race.
He and Marshall are still the top two hurdlers in the state, based on their times from the SJS Division 1 meet on May 10: 13.50 for Marshall and 13.55 for Williams. They will meet again at the CIF championships Friday and Saturday in Clovis.
Williams knows it’s going to be a highly anticipated showdown. His priority is to focus on being competitive.
“I’m learning not to get nervous because there are microphones at my blocks and cameras all around me at state,” he said.
Williams also logged his best time yet in the 300 hurdles in Friday’s trials (39.01). He went into Saturday’s finals as the No. 1 seed, but ended up finishing seventh (43.23) in that event.
Sac-Joaquin Section Masters
Friday and Saturday, Davis Senior High, Davis
CIF – Top three athletes qualify for state meet
Varsity boys: Kimball 21 (seventh place out of 55 teams), West 20 (eighth place). Tracy 16 (11th place).
110 hurdles - 2, Warren Williams, West, 13.87 (CIF). 11, Allan Hunter, Kimball, 15.33. 20, Parker Bonin, Tracy, 16.48.
100 - 12, Jaxen North, Kimball, 11.34.
300 hurdles - 7, Warren Williams, West, 43.23.
4x100 relay - 16, Tracy (Ahman Salim, Riley Revino, Aeden Fernandez, Chase Nolan), 44.19.
Pole vault – 11, Chase Nolan, Tracy, 13-9.
Triple jump - 1, Allan Hunter, Kimball, 45-11½ (CIF). 2, Brandon Lindner, West, 45-5 (CIF). 6, David Hunter, Kimball, 44-2½. 12, Quincy Butler, Mountain House, 43-4½.
Discus - 2, Jason Reyes, Tracy, 151-8 (CIF). 20, Frank Castellano, West, 131-4.
Long jump – 2, Allan Hunter, Kimball, 22-11¼ (CIF). 8, Quincy Butler, Mountain House, 20-9½. 12, David Hunter, Kimball, 20-7¾. 14, Jerome Nance III, Kimball, 20-5½. 16, Brandon Lindner, West, 20-3¾.
Shot put – 2, Jason Reyes, Tracy, 49-1 (CIF). 7, Frank Castellano, West, 46-3.
Varsity girls: West 22 (eighth place out of 53 teams), Tracy 10 (21st place)
400, preliminaries - 21, Danielle Bacon, Tracy, 1:00.75.
100, preliminaries - 17, Alexia Croffet, West, 12.96.
300 hurdles, preliminaries - 14, Sarah Perdue, Kimball, 48.09.
Shot put - 1, Melisa Toilolo, West, 43-8½ (CIF). 4, Ava Cavallaro, Tracy, 39-7.
Triple jump - 5, Alexia Croffet, West, 37-8.
Long jump – 18, Alexia Croffet, West, 15-8¾.
Discus – 2, Melisa Toilolo, West, 129-10 (CIF). 4, Ava Cavallaro, Tracy, 120-9.