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One SCV athlete advances to state track and field

Canyon's Chow hits the mark in the pole vault

Posted: May 27, 2016 10:06 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2016 10:06 p.m.
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NORWALK — It was a rough day for the Santa Clarita Valley track and field athletes Friday evening at the CIF-Southern Section track and field Masters Meet.

Whether it was injuries or nerves, the seven SCV athletes weren’t quite hitting their marks at Cerritos College.

Until Canyon High pole vaulter Jeremiah Chow.

The senior cleared 14-feet and 14-06 on his second attempts.

But when it came to 15-00, the state meet’s automatic qualifying mark, Chow charged and cleared the bar — which wiggled slightly as he pulled his right arm over.

“I honestly thought I was going to smash into the bar,” Chow said. “When I went over it, it was still up there. It was pretty close.”

Chow finished in sixth place overall.

If no competitors had hit the automatic mark, the top six still would have advanced.

“I’ve never gone this far, ever,” Chow said. “I never thought I’d be here. It’s pretty cool that I’m in the top of Southern California. It’s a really cool feeling.”

Chow was the only SCV athlete to advance to state.

State prelims are on June 3.

Golden Valley’s Shyann Franklin finished eight and ninth in the girls discus and shot put throws, respectively.

The freshman fouled her first two throws in the discus, but finished with a 132-02 mark on her fourth attempt. In the shot, Franklin’s best throw came on her fifth attempt with a 39-04.75 mark.

Canyon’s Gabby Sanchez also competed in the discus, but nerves hindered the sophomore as she finished 11th with a mark of 127-00.

“I think me being nervous actually stopped me from doing well. It’s pretty surreal,” Sanchez said about making her first appearance in the Masters Meet. “I didn’t expect it to be this nerve-racking, but it’s pretty awesome. State was on the line, so if I don’t qualify, I end my track season.”

Shaking off the nerves was West Ranch’s Bailey Pate.

The junior Wildcat made a nice move in the first lap of the 800-meter run to push from the back of the pack to the middle.

But she hit some traffic at the beginning of the second lap.

“I’ve been at big meets before so I was used to the atmosphere,” Pate said. “I was still nervous, I think everyone was nervous. But I was relatively calm for my usual nervous self. But I was happy with my run.”

Pate finished the 800 in ninth place with a season personal record 2 minutes, 14.33 seconds.

Her teammate Adaugo Oguejiofor pulled her hamstring on Wednesday on their last run through, according to West Ranch head coach Sean Delaney.

Oguejiofor was in visible pain as she was running down the girls long-jump runway. She tried to power through the pain to hit the state qualifying mark of 18-01. But her highest mark, 16-03, came on her final jump for a 12th-place finish.

Also finishing in 12th place was Canyon’s John Elam in the boys discus with a 155-05 mark on his final throw. His teammate Jake Bennett did not place in the vault after recording a no height in the 14-00 mark.

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