AGOSTINI: Enochs High runner Makau had it all working

ragostini@modbee.comMay 25, 2013 

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• Winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters 800 and the 1,600 meters on the same night requires strategy, strength and endurance. The perfect merging of all three is Enochs High senior Faith Makau.

• Makau kicked from off the pace to win both races — Makau Magic.

• Another sign of Makau's moxie: The girl who outkicked her in the 800 divisional final last week lost to her in the Masters final by eight seconds.

• Oakdale became the discus capital of the section with Masters victories by junior Kyle Peterson and freshman Hannah Chappell.

• Both champions have benefitted from some help by former national champion and three-time Olympian Suzy Powell-Roos. Why are we not surprised?

• Related note: Jaci Powell, Suzy's niece, placed fourth in the Pac-12 heptathlon, the best finish by a Cal athlete in that event in eight years.

• Even at 37, Raiders prodigal son Charles Woodson is an upgrade.

• Tiger Woods is smug. Sergio Garcia is clueless. Ideal match.

• Place Garcia's "fried chicken" line next to his "I'm not good enough" and his "gods are against me." His career curve in a nutshell.

• Garcia trails Woods 14-0 in majors. A rivalry it's not.

• About Phil Jackson's "Eleven Rings" and all the job rumors: When he's hired by someone, let me know. We're suffering from Zen Master Overload.

• A hat-tip to the Turlock Bulldogs (28-3). You're a season-long target when you win 26 straight. Postseason losses don't diminish that feat.

• The 49ers landed Super Bowl L in 2016, again proving the power of the right house in the right region.

• Memories of the 1985 Super Bowl at Stanford: Joe Montana out-dueling Dan Marino, fog and Roger Craig high-stepping into the end zone.

• Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles this week. Anyone else see the absurdity of a potential season-ending injury incurred IN MAY?

• Crabtree was Colin Kaepernick's right-hand man last season. Who will step up? Last year, Kaepernick stepped up for Alex Smith.

• The first fan who says "Bring back Randy Moss" wins a stale box of Terrell Owens popcorn.

• Kaepernick's new first option — housemate Ricardo Lockette.

• Can't outsmart Buick and those Shaquille O'Neal commercials. Notice how they leave out his folding his 7-foot-1 ,325-pound frame into the driver's seat.

• Taken for granted: Cal State Stanislaus golf's ninth-place finish in its 20th NCAA Division II Championship. Good season after good season after...

• Modesto Junior College waited until year's end for its best: The state double by Markus Sanders in the hammer throw and discus, preceded by the state triple by swimmer Tim Richard.

• Sanders dislocated his finger while winning the hammer throw, then dodged food poisoning to take the discus at state. The gutsiest of doubles.

• At the same level: The Pirates' Kianna Weinzheimer wins the state javelin one year after brain surgery.

• Ryan Vogelsong's finger fracture jogs the memory to one of the Giants' most stunning stats from 2012: The rotation made 160 of 162 regular-season starts.

• Conclusion: Such a durable rotation, the heart of two World Series titles, does not last forever.

• We saw it with the Modesto Nuts two years ago and now MLB sees it: Third baseman Nolan Arenado, the Rockies' best prospect since Troy Tulowitzki.

• Makau Magic ends this week at State ... then restarts at UC Riverside.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.

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