Coming close to a state title was bittersweet for the Modesto Junior College men's 4x400- meter relay team Saturday.
The Pirates finished a step slower than winner American River College at the California Community College State Track & Field Championships at Cerritos College in Norwalk. Modesto JC was second in 3 minutes, 12.32 seconds. American River won in 2:12.25.
The 4x100 team came on the heels of the 4x400 squad, finishing fourth in a school-record 40.98. Both men's relay teams set school records this year.
"Second place isn't bad," men's coach Demitrius Snaer said. "To get that close and not get first is tough. The biggest issue was Remington Blair got caught behind a wall of guys. He was trying to go through and ended up going around it. He passed three or four guys, but didn't get that last one."
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Modesto took 24 athletes to state, one of its largest groups. The top-eight athletes in each event earned medals, and the Pirates came home with 19 medals.
Other high marks for Modesto came from Kapri Hockaday, who was second in the high jump at 5-feet, 5-inches. She competed in the event in the middle of the heptathlon, where she finished sixth with 4,123 points.
Kevin Cooper, the Northern California 800 champion, was fourth in 1:54.52. Ryan Orallo, who finished seventh in the decathlon in the NorCal Championships, placed sixth at state with 5,612 points.
Modesto JC swimmer Jen Cadmus verbally committed to UC Davis on Friday and will sign with the Aggies next week. Cadmus, an Oakdale native, won the state 100 free title in 57.70 on May 4. She joins Modesto's Ellen Barton at UC Davis.
Humboldt State won its second NCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday, defeating Emporia State 1-0 in Houston. The Lumberjacks, who knocked out Cal State Stanislaus from the West Region playoffs May 9, went on a 10-game win streak to win their first title since 1999.