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HEATING UP

Sierra High sophomore Ulysses Knapps gained valuable experience in his first Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet in Sacramento Thursday, as he finished a respectable 10th in the long jump.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED May 29, 2009 1:55 a.m.
SACRAMENTO — Angell Mayfield set a goal and met it.

And it was mission accomplished for Courtney Whitlock by just competing in Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Masters Trials at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium.

Two of the area’s top track athletes were all smiles despite producing different results.

Mayfield, a junior out of Weston Ranch High, turned in the third fastest time and set a wind-aided personal record in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.36 seconds.

Since he lost his heat, to Benicia’s Chris Mamon by 0.02, Mayfield will enter today’s final race as the No. 4 seed.

Event favorite Kyler Martin of Vacaville blazed to a wind-legal time of 14.17.

The three heat winners and next six best finishers in each track event advanced to today’s final meet. The top three placers today will move onto the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.

Mayfield’s time eclipsed the at-large standard of 14.38, but he will have to repeat it today to earn the automatic berth to state.

“I was just trying to get through but at the same time still try to PR and shave some time off,” Mayfield said.

It was the first time Mayfield had lost a head-to-head race this season. Last week, he became the first Sac-Joaquin Section Division III individual champion.

“I’m expecting everybody to be like that (today),” he said. “This is some tough competition.”

No one else from the area qualified for today’s track finals, and three local competitors in the field events did not make it through to state.

Whitlock was the busiest of bees Thursday having ran in the 100 and 300 hurdles and the 4x100 relay.

She was 16th out of 18 in the 100 hurdles (16.85), and 17th out of 26 in the 300 (48.48). She and fellow Timberwolves Rebecca Whitlock, Shanedra Pitts and Taylor Renae Wilson placed 20th in the 400 relay (51.49).

Courtney Whitlock took the “happy to be here” approach after qualifying for the Masters meet for the first time in her four years at Sierra. She had an opportunity last season to compete in the 300 hurdles as an alternate but opted not to.

“I chickened out on it last year and I’ve never forgiven myself for it,” Whitlock said. “At the beginning of the year, our coach (Anthony Chapman) asked us to write down our goals.

“Mine was to make it to Masters individually and I did that. I’m so thrilled to be here. The girls here are just amazing.”

Sierra’s Cristina Westover, Ulysses Knapps and Wilson competed in field events Thursday. She will return today for the discus throw.

Westover, a senior, topped out at 33 feet, 3.75 inches for a 17th-place finish in the shot put. Wilson was 11th in the long jump at 16-00.50.

Knapps, a sophomore, turned in the 10th-place leap in the boys long jump at 21-00.50 and was seven inches shy of the last finalist.

Sierra’s Shanedra Pitts and Manteca’s Julianna Flores ran the 100-meter dash, placing 17th and 22nd, respectively.

The Sierra boys 4x400 quartet of Jonathan Scherry, Zolton Knapps, Ryan Erion and Reuben Lopez took 16th in 3 minutes, 32.68 seconds.
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