Katie Zingheim and Kevin Nielsen of Granite Bay High School earned medals at the CIF State Championships track and field meet last weekend at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
Zingheim went into the pole vault as the state leader and finished third with a vault of 12 feet, 4 inches, a foot lower than her season best. The winner vaulted 13-6. Nielsen finished sixth in the high jump at 6-5.
Zingheim and Nielsen won Sac-Joaquin Section Masters championships the previous week. Granite Bay’s other Masters champ, discus thrower James Kinloch, threw 164-10 in the State Meet preliminaries and didn’t qualify for the final.
“We got two athletes on the podium, and we had a couple of shockers,” Grizzlies coach Jackie Nasca said. “It just didn’t go according to plan. James was supposed to make the finals. It was one of those scratching the heads, you know, ‘What the heck?’”
Also for Granite Bay, Christine Zavesky ran 2 minutes, 13.11 seconds in the 800 preliminaries. She didn’t qualify for the finals but nearly broke the school record.
“She said she slipped in the beginning,” Nasca said of Zavesky.
It took a 2:11 to qualify for the final.
In other events:
* Brooke Holt of Granite Bay finished 25th in the 3,200 in 11:08.81.
* Oakmont’s 4x400 relay team of Tiyana Dorsey, Marisa Carino, Katie Carte and Jazmin Harper ran 3:56.02 in their preliminary, but it took 3:51 to get into the final.
* Hannah Hardy of Woodcreek was 22nd in the long jump preliminary at 17-2½ and didn’t qualify for the final.