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Six punch tickets to Masters meet

Chandler, Vincent win jumping events; Talarico 2nd in PV

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Six punch tickets to Masters meet

Manteca High’s Jessy Talarico clears 10 feet for a new personal and school record Tuesday during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Trials at Cal State Stanislaus.


POSTED May 21, 2014 12:31 a.m.

TURLOCK — Manteca High teammates Carl Chandler and Marcus Montano were the top two seeded high jumpers going into Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Trials at Cal State Stanislaus’ Warrior Stadium.

Neither one is advancing to next week’s SJS Masters meet in the event.

Chandler even had a second chance to qualify, as he was called back to go head-to-head with Riverbank’s Armando Vargas for the fifth and final berth.

“I just wasn’t getting enough pop off the ground,” Chandler said. “When I started off my legs just weren’t feeling normal; they felt kind of weak.”

Chandler made several attempts in the high jump only to come up short. He found redemption in the triple-jump pit, where all it took was one.

His lone leap of 44 feet, 1 ½ inches was good for first place. Chandler, nursing sore shins and a headache, opted to scratch the rest of his attempts to save his energy for the mile relay.

“I just couldn’t do as bad as I just did (in the high jump), I had to do better,” Chandler said. “I was real focused on that jump. My mind was blank and it just felt right during the jump. When I landed I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know it was a 44”.

Chandler’s personal best stands at 44-7 ½.

The Buffalo is one of six area athletes to have already punched their tickets to Masters. Half of the two-day meet’s field events took place Tuesday. The top eight finishers in track events compete again in Thursday’s finals. The best five in all events, along with those who meet or surpass at-large marks, make it to Masters.

Team section titles are also at stake. Through three events, the Valley Oak League champion Sierra boys (20 points) are three points ahead of second-place Manteca.

Sierra’s Jonnythan Munkholm is a two-event qualifier for Masters with second- and third-place finishes in the triple jump (43-8) and high jump (5-11), respectively. Lechi Nkwocha of Manteca took third in the triple jump (43-4 ½).

The surprise winner in the high jump is Ripon senior Bryan Vincent, the lone competitor to clear 6-1.

“There is a long list of people who get over 6 feet and some of them were here,” Vincent said. “To be the only one to clear 6 feet, you feel accomplished. It was a relief and also very exciting.”

Jessy Talarico knows all about excitement. The Manteca senior broke her own school girls pole vault record three times Tuesday before topping out at 10 feet even for second place. She cleared 10 feet on her final attempt.

“It was nerve-wracking, but for me I always end up making that last jump for some reason,” said Talarico, who will make her first and only Masters appearance. “Pretty clutch. I was already pretty excited with the 9-3 but to go even higher was pretty awesome.”

Sierra junior Anthony Santiago was the last Masters qualifier. He entered as the top-seeded participant in the shot put and went away with a third-place medal, but his mark of 50-4 ½ is a new personal record.

“I’m pretty happy,” Santiago said. “Last year as a sophomore I didn’t get to compete here. Next week I’ll get to see some really good competition and I’m looking forward to that.”

Noveleen Thiara was among the notable track performers in the preliminary round. He helped Sierra’s boys 4x100 (43.47) and 4x400 (3:29.07) relays clock the second fastest times in both events while ending up third overall in the 200-meter dash (22.38) and fourth in the 400 (51.20). Fellow Timberwolf Nicholas Valdes recorded the second-seeded times in both the 110 (18.82) and 300 hurdles (41.45) and ran the anchor leg for the mile relay.

Manteca’s super sophomore Jade Griffin is No. 2 in the 200 (25.77) and No. 4 in the 100 (12.60). She also helped the Lady Buffaloes’ 400 relay team turn in the second best time (50.01) is part of the third-seeded 4x400 relay (4:10.96).

East Union’s Jordan McNeal won her heat and took second overall (12.45) in the 100. She also led the East Union girls 4x100 (50.08) to the fourth-seeded time, which is just seven one hundredths of a second slower than rival Manteca’s.

Day 2 of the divisional meet begins with four of the remaining six field events at 3 p.m. Also on Thursday is the 1,600 and 3,200. Haley Silva of Sierra is the top-seeded girls runner for the two-mile race.

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