Granite Bay freshman qualifies for State Meet in high jump
ELK GROVE — Local athletes added more accomplishments to their résumés at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championship on Thursday at Elk Grove High School.
Finals were held in six field events, and Granite Bay freshman Brian Graber qualified for the State Meet on June 1-2 in Clovis. Graber high jumped 6 feet 3 inches to place third.
“I cleared everything on the first attempt, and that’s what’s important,” Graber said. “My goal at state is going to be 6-5; that’s the qualifying mark for the State Meet.”
Woodcreek’s Destiny Standifer placed fourth in the triple jump. Her 38-3 effort missed the State Meet qualifying mark by four inches. Also, Jami Duarte of Granite Bay finished eighth in the discus at 115-1.
Local athletes did especially well in the 800-meter preliminaries. Edixon Puglisi of Oakmont and Jon Horvath of Woodcreek won their qualifying heats by wide margins. Puglisi had the quickest time in the 24-man field at 1 minute, 56.77 seconds, and Horvath was second at 1:56.85.
Ashley Kittle of Woodcreek dominated in the girls 800 preliminaries. She posted the fastest time at 2:14:6, a personal record by six seconds and 1.82 seconds quicker than the second-fastest time. Oakmont’s Marisa Carino qualified fourth at 2:16.54.
All four will be in the 800 finals Friday. The meet begins at 2 p.m.
Puglisi said his approach will be to “run hard. You can’t be too technical; just be stronger.”
Kittle said she wants to run the same way Friday as she did Thursday.
“Just take everything my coach gives me and apply it to my race,” she said.
Michael Mathews of Woodcreek qualified seventh in the 110 hurdles and Kevin Staniszewski of Granite Bay seventh in the 300 hurdles.
Woodcreek sophomore Mitchell Layton was ninth in the 200. His time of 22.74 missed qualifying for the finals by five-hundredths of a second.