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Three Saugus runners left at CIF state track meet

Posted: May 31, 2013 9:00 p.m.
Updated: May 31, 2013 9:00 p.m.

The intensity of the track and field competition continued to whittle down the list Santa Clarita Valley athletes still alive in the postseason.

Of the three locals who were in action in the prelims of the CIF State Track and Field Championships on Friday at Buchanan High School in Clovis, one moved on to Saturday’s finals.

The lone qualifier was Saugus sophomore Sabrina Janes, who moved on in the 800-meters after finishing third in her heat in 2 minutes, 12.90 seconds.

Also competing Friday in the 800 was Valencia senior Olivia Pear, who fell short of qualifying along with Canyon junior high jumper Jeremy Kimmer.

What is left of SCV competitors is three Saugus High athletes who will all race on Saturday for state crowns.

In addition to Janes, Saugus also has sophomore Samantha Ortega competing in the girls 3,200 and senior Rodrigo Ornelas in the boys 3,200. Those two automatically make it to finals since there is no prelim held for the event.

In Janes’ case, she had to race among 27 runners who were separated into three heats in the 800 prelims.

The top three finishers in each heat and the three next-best times qualified to make a total of 12 finalists.

Janes had the 10th fastest time of the day, but was slightly slower than her Masters Meet time of 2:12.35 on May 24.

“I definitely wanted to win (my heat) but I was extremely happy I qualified,” Janes said. “I wasn’t like, ‘Oh my gosh I have to win.’”

Her Valencia counterpart wasn’t so fortunate. Pear finished fifth in the first heat of the event in 2:14.63, which was a little more than a second slower than the needed qualifying mark.

The race marks the end of Pear’s high school career in her first appearance in a state championship meet.

Kimmer saw his breakout season in the high jump come to an end when he came up inches short of qualifying for the final.

His best jump of the day was 6 feet, 5 inches and he needed 6 feet, 7 inches to become one of the 12 athletes to move on.

Two weeks earlier at the CIF championship meet, Kimmer had cleared a personal-best 6-9 and he made 6-7 a week ago at the Masters Meet, but he wasn’t able to match either mark on Friday.

“I was pretty confident, but I was also a little nervous, and that’s what screwed me over,” Kimmer said.

Next weekend, Kimmer will take part in the Golden West Invitational, a nationwide high school track and field event held on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.

On Saturday, Janes’ race is scheduled for 7:50 p.m. while Ortega is set to start at 8:46 p.m. and Ornelas will follow at 9:03 p.m.


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