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CIF track and field: Six go from Masters to state

Hart and West Ranch will each send two athletes

Posted: May 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.

CERRITOS — Winning track and field meets is usually about depth. When the postseason rolls around, it becomes about the individual.

For the Foothill League, Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet was about both.

Six total athletes from four different league schools qualified for next weekend’s CIF State Track and Field Championships on Friday at Cerritos College.

Hart’s Tim White qualified in the triple jump, and teammate Austin O’Neil qualified in the 1,600-meter race. West Ranch also had a pair of qualifiers, including Ashley Welker in the 800 and Nick Bultman in the shot put.

Canyon’s Tiffini Stone qualified in the long jump, and Saugus’ Karis Frankian qualified for the third time in her career in the 3,200.

The Masters Meet combines all four divisions of the Southern Section in each event.

Frankian, who finished 15th in the state as a freshman and 20th last season, was the last Foothill competitor of the night.
She ran the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 31.44 seconds, breaking her personal record by more than four seconds.

Her time placed her sixth, and the top five finishers in each event automatically qualify for state, but she was well ahead of the at-large qualifying time of 10:42.57.

A week after winning a CIF-Southern Section Division III title in the triple jump, White went 48 feet, 1 1/2 inches to finish second overall and beat the state mark of 46-6.

O’Neil, who was also coming off a Division III title in the 1,600, led most of the way before slowing down at the end and slipping to ninth. But his time of 4:13.39 still beat the qualifying mark of 4:15.79.

For the second straight week, Bultman advanced on his last throw in the shot put. He broke his own school record with a fourth-place mark of 59-10 1/2, well ahead of the qualifying mark of 55-1.

How does he keep coming through like this?

“I have no clue,” he said. “I feel amazing. I’m not sure how I did that.”

Welker, who finished as the Division I runner-up in the 800, ran a smart race, going out fast on the first lap and finishing fifth in 2:13.05. The at-large time was 2:13.62, and Welker will try to better her 10th-place finish at state of a year ago.

Stone will make her state debut in the long jump, in which she finished as the Division II runner-up last weekend. She finished third on Friday at 18-4 1/4, ahead of the 18-2 at-large mark.

She also competed in the triple jump after winning the Division II title last weekend, but she finished sixth at 37-7 and did not meet the qualifying mark of 38-7.

White also competed in the high jump and cleared 6-3, but couldn’t clear 6-5 to reach state.

Two other athletes competed Friday but did not advance. Canyon’s Taylor Thomas capped an excellent prep career by finishing seventh in the 100 hurdles in 14.40 seconds, about a tenth of a second off the at-large time of 14.31 seconds.

Valencia’s Clint Gingrich also wrapped up his career by finishing 10th in the long jump at 22-1. He had gone 22-5 1/4 last week, which was a school record, and needed to again to hit the state mark of 22-5.

“It wasn’t my day,” Gingrich said. “I felt I could’ve done better, but it was a great season.”



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