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Mayfield could make school history at Masters

Weston Ranch High standout Angell Mayfield, left, has a chance to advance to the state meet in the 110-meter hurdles.

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POSTED May 28, 2009 2:41 a.m.
There is one last hurdle for area athletes to clear to get to the state meet, but the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters is always a big jump to make.

For Weston Ranch junior Angell Mayfield, he’ll have to clear 10 hurdles.

Twice.

And finish in the top three in the second go-round.

Mayfield is the highest seeded competitor among area qualifiers going into today’s Masters Trials at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium. The top nine finishers in each track event will advance to Friday’s Finals, and the best three from there move on to the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships. Athletes can also qualify by meeting or surpassing at-large marks.

Mayfield is peaking at just the right time, as he is consistently shaving off time in the 110-meter hurdles where he is No. 3 with a personal best wind-legal time of 14.55 seconds set at last week’s Division III Finals. His fastest mark of 14.41 is the second best wind-aided time in the section this season.

Mayfield isn’t new to Hughes Stadium’s surface, atmosphere and heat having qualified for Masters as a sophomore. He finished third in his heat and 10th overall in 15.45 — one place away from advancing to the second day.

“I was very nervous (last year),” Mayfield said. “I was just a little sophomore, and I wasn’t expecting to even make it that far.

“Right now I’m just trying to relax and get my legs ready. Since I’ve ran on that track already, and I know it’s a fast track, I know what it’s going to be like. I’m getting used to big meets.”

This year he has won all but one race in the 110 hurdles.

He turned in the second fastest time in the Division III Trials last week but beat favored A.J. Romine of Rio Linda by 0.21 in the Finals to become Weston Ranch’s first-ever individual champion in a section track event. Mayfield could also end up being the school’s first qualifier to the state meet.

With eight competitors going into the Masters meet with sub-15 times, Mayfield knows it will be a dogfight to earn a state berth. The at-large standard is set at 14.38.

Vacaville’s Kyler Martin figures to set the pace, as his top-seeded time of 14.14 is best in the section so far. Dante Thomas of Fairfield is second at 14.28, and fourth-seeded Chris Mamon’s personal record for the season is at 14.31.

“There’s going to be a lot of competition,” Mayfield said. “I think I have a chance, but I’m not saying it’s going to be easy — I know it will be hard. I just have to be mentally prepared.”

Also coming in with top-10 seeded marks are East Union’s Jennifer Fields in the discus throw and Sierra junior Taylor Renae Wilson in the long jump.

Both were runner-up placers at divisional last week, and both shattered personal records. Fields’ toss of 120 feet, 3 inches represents the fifth seeded mark in the discus, while Wilson’s leap of 17-2 is seventh in the long jump. Fields will make her third straight Masters appearance.

Four area athletes qualified for multiple individual events: Sierra’s Courtney Whitlock (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Sierra’s Cristina Westover (shot put, discus), Sierra’s John Bowers (1,600; 3,200) and Weston Ranch’s Roberto Alvarez (1,600; 3,200).

Whitlock will also compete in the 4x100 relay along with Shanedra Pitts (100) and Wilson.
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