The high school track and field season came to an end over the weekend at Buchanan High School in Clovis at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
Unlike other sports, California does not divide its track and field athletes into different divisions for track and field. So, the athletes who qualified were unquestionably the best that the state had to offer.
For the Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) athletes who qualified, the top event was the boys discus.
Antioch sophomore Jailen Weaver — the only BVAL athlete not from Pittsburg to qualify for state — narrowly missed the finals. His distance of 155 feet, 2 inches put him in 13th position in the prelims, one spot out of the finals. As he’s a sophomore, there’s reason to be optimistic about Weaver’s chances in the next two years. Half of the 12 finalists in the discus were seniors. One of those seniors was Pittsburg’s John Maka. He was the only BVAL athlete to qualify for the state finals in a given event. He ended up finishing in eighth place with a distance of 166-10.
Both of the Pirates’ 4×100 relay teams also qualified for state. The girls team of junior Elaija Danridge, sophomore Ariane Nelson, junior Aqeelah Hasim, and junior Trinity Bolden narrowly missed the final. They got around the track in 47.79 seconds, while St. Mary’s earned the last spot in the finals at 47.70. Bolden qualified for the individual 100, as well, finishing in 14th place at 12.07.
Pittsburg’s boys relay team of sophomore Clarence Strong, senior Willie Harts III, junior Jonzi Smith, and senior Jalen Adams also qualified for state. Their time of 42.44 was good enough for 18th place.