STATE TRACK AND FIELD: Two regional athletes place in top 6 at CIF state track and field

(Jon Earnest)

Dinuba’s Julian Ramirez takes fifth in boys discus, Tulare Western’s Reed takes sixth in girls triple jump as California’s finest runners, throwers and jumpers congregate in Clovis

CLOVIS – Dinuba High’s Julian Ramirez and Tulare Western High’s Ashlyn Reed collected top six finishes, highlighting a dozen-plus contingent of athletes from Mineral King Publishing region schools competing over the weekend at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Buchanan High’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.

Emperors senior Ramirez uncorked a personal record 182 feet, 1 inch on his final attempt of the day to finish fifth out of 12 finalists, earning a spot on the medal stand. Mustangs junior Reed, meanwhile, also came through with her best effort on the final day as she set a PR of 38 feet 9.75 inches to claim a sixth place medal.

“It was my last throw, I knew I had to hit something big if I wanted to get to the higher places,” Ramirez said. “So I just let it all out on my last throw, and it felt good.”

It was enough to soar into the top five, led by Clovis North junior McKay Madsen and his PR best of 206-08, which was enough to beat out Buchanan’s Derek Smith who had topped that mark by three inches the day previous in preliminaries. Ramirez’s clutch throw bettered his own PR in the discus of 178-3, set a week earlier at the Section Masters meet.

The state medal capped a big senior season that included a sweep of the section Division II discus and shot put titles. Ramirez plans to attend College of the Sequoias this fall to play football and also compete in throwing events for the Giants track team.

Reed competed in both the girls triple jump and long jump, placing 14th in the latter event’s qualifying on May 24 with a best jump of 17-5.75. The section Division I and Masters champion managed .38-8.25 in triple jump qualifying on Friday, then bested that mark by 1 ½  inches in the finals to safely land in the medal field.

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Dinuba High’s Julian Ramirez, left, stands on the awards stand with third place finisher Kyler Headley of Silver Creek and champion McKay Madsen of Clovis North during championship finals night at the CIF State Track and Field meet in Buchanan High’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis on May 25. The Emperors senior finished in fifth place with a personal record throw of 182 feet, 1 inch. (Jon Earnest)

One other Tulare County athlete earned a berth on the medal stand, Mission Oak’s Levi Jimenez in the boys high jump. The senior cleared 6 feet, 7 inches on his second attempt to capture seventh place, behind fellow Central Section senior Malachi Carrasco from Selma High. Carrasco cleared 6-9, equalling his career best, to place fourth.

Monache High’s 4×800 meter relay team also had a top 10 finals finish. The quartet of Conner Machado, Jake Estrada, Alberto Andrade and Monte Moore ran a time of 7 minutes, 51.62 seconds to finish 10th, two spots behind Buchanan which was beaten out by the Monarchs at the Masters meet.

All other athletes from MKP region schools fell short of making it to Saturday competition, but still were able to partake in the state meet experience. Masters boys 1600 meters champion Devin Ibarra of El Diamante High missed the finals by three seconds, placing 17th in 4:15.45. Immanuel High junior Micah Vossler qualified for state with a fourth place Masters finish in the long jump, and turned in a best mark of 21-1.25.

For the girls, Sanger High senior Atianna Marquez ran the anchor leg of the girls’ 4×100 relay team’s non-qualifying time of 48.47 seconds on Friday, joining teammates Chloe Lopez, Clara Wagner and Allyson Daniel. Marquz then quickly turned around to compete in the girls pole vault preliminary round, but was unable to clear the opening height of 11 feet, 9 inches. Had she been able to match her PR of 12-3, she would have advanced to the finals.

Dinuba High’s Avril Mendoza concluded her prep career with a 14th place finish in qualifying rounds, clocking 44.18 seconds. Had she equalled her PR of 43.12, she would have qualified for the finals and likely medaled.

Sophomores Lexi Schartmann of Immanuel High and Riley Schoonover or Porterville High finished 24th and 25th, respectively, in preliminary rounds of the girls 800 meters. Their times of 2:15.96 and 2:16.10 were around three seconds short of cracking the top 12. Redwood High sophomore Graycie Serpa ran 57.76, off her best time by nearly a second, finishing 23rd in the 400.

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