High School Sports

Masters Track Meet: How do you qualify for state? Who are top contenders?

Local track and field athletes are one step away from the CIF State Meet held next weekend at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

Before they can start to think about that meet, they will have to qualify at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on Friday and Saturday at Davis Sr. High School in Davis.

Preliminary events for every track event except for the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races are on Friday with several field events also on the day.

The top three finishers in each event automatically qualify for the State Meet as well as any athlete that makes the at-large state qualifying mark. That mark is the average of the ninth-place finisher in the event from the state meet in the last three years.

The meet starts at 2 p.m. for field events and 4 p.m. for running events on Friday while the section moved up the start time on Saturday due to heavy rain in the forecast and will start a 1 p.m. for field and 1:50 for running.

Here are some of the top athletes and teams to watch out for with their entered times and ranking:

Boys 4 x 100: Pitman (42.50, 2nd)

Boys 400: Escalon senior Zach Pickett (49.06, 2nd), Sonora senior Dalton Tarter (48.97, 1st)

Girls 800: Gregori senior Briseida Garcia-Meza (2:21, 5th), Ripon sophomore Laila Irigoyen (2:18, 2nd)

Boys 800: Pitman junior Jayson Martin (1:56, 2nd)

Girls 4 x 400: Gregori (4:00, 2nd)

Boys Pole Vault: Turlock senior Silas Fredeen (16-0, 1st), Turlock senior Nathan Garibay (15-0, 4th)

Boys Discus: Hilmar senior Frank Pereira (142-0, 4th)

Boys Triple Jump: Denair senior Steffin Winston (46-05.50, 1st)

Girls Shot Put: Oakdale junior Angelica Lowry (39-07, 3rd)

Girls 1,600: Gregori sophomore Madison Kackley (5:01, 1st), Garcia-Meza (5:04, 6th)

Girls 3,200: Kackley (11:06, 5th), Oakdale freshman Haleigh Humble (11:07, 7th)

Girls Pole Vault: Turlock senior Sarah Romo (10-09, 4th)

Girls Discus: Oakdale sophomore Emma Harper (136-09, 2nd), Modesto senior Jessica Pedretti (123-02, 7th)

Boys Shot Put: Sonora senior Conor Pullen (49-06.50, 5th)

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children (5 and under).

Julian A. Lopez: 562-206-9393

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Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.