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Weston Ranch's Angell Mayfield keeps his balance despite clipping the final hurdle to finish second in the 110-meter finals Friday at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium. Mayfield is the first...


POSTED May 30, 2009 2:21 a.m.
SACRAMENTO — Angell Mayfield barreled his way through the finish line, knowing that at the very least he was a top-three finisher to advance to next week’s California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.

He ended up second in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Finals Friday at Hughes Stadium, shattering his 110-meter hurdles personal record in 14.29 seconds with a tailwind of 3.3 meters per second.

With teammates, friends and family cheering him on near the finish line, the Weston Ranch High junior never looked in their direction to join in on the celebration.

Instead, he stood stoically, hands on hips.

“Oh, I’m excited,” he said after receiving his second-place medal. “Trust me.”

Mayfield came into the final race seeded fourth with the third fastest time from Thursday’s trials. Vacaville’s Kyler Martin won decisively in 14 flat, with Chris Mamon of Benecia taking the final state berth in 14.35.

Mayfield became the first track and field athlete in school history to qualify for the state meet.

“I was thinking about that all day today,” he said. “I’m just shocked. I’m speechless. It’s kind of hard to take in. It’s like, ‘Wow, I’m going to state.’”

Mayfield will be the lone representative from the area at Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis June 5-6.

His Weston Ranch teammate, Roberto Alvarez, was the next best performer. The Bulletin’s All-Area Male Cross Country Runner of the Year this past fall broke a personal record in the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 36.88 seconds for ninth place.

Seniors Jennifer Fields and Cristina Westover didn’t hit PRs in the discus throw but were content with their performances.

East Union’s Fields, making her third and final appearance at Masters, just missed out on the finals, finishing in10th place with a toss of 113 feet, 1 inch. Her fifth-seeded mark of 120-3, a personal best set at last week’s Division III meet, would have been good for eighth.

“I had a great year,” Fields said. “I hit 120 feet three times and I’m still excited about that. Even though I didn’t do my best out here, I still feel like I accomplished something.”

Sierra’s Westover also competed in the shot put Thursday, placing 17th. On Friday she ended up a spot behind Fields, topping out at 112-8.

“It really hit me hard (on Thursday) that these were the last throws of my high school career, and today I came out thinking that I wanted to finish out with a really good attitude,” Westover said. “I didn’t want to have any regrets — just leave everything on the field and do my very best. I felt like I did everything I could.”
Sierra sophomore Grant Widmer wrapped up a promising season in which he helped the program’s frosh-soph team win a Valley Oak League title.

He was promoted to varsity for the conference meet and exceeded his expectations by just getting to Masters in the high jump.

Widmer finished tied for 11th at 6 feet even — an inch off his personal record. After failing to hit 6-2, he decided to stay for the finals to see Xavier Williford of Franklin in Stockton clear 6-8 for the gold.
“I just wanted to check it out, maybe learn something,” Widmer said. “I didn’t think I could get past VOLs. When I got to sections I surprised myself again, so I’m just proud that I was able to just get here.”

Other Masters qualifiers from the area were: Sierra’s John Bowers (14th, mile, 4:35.12), East Union’s Rachel O’Neal (24th, triple jump, 32-01) and Ripon’s Emily Hobbs (pole vault, no height).
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