The area’s two qualifiers for the CIF State Track & Field Championships ended their high school careers in the preliminary round Friday in Clovis.
Sierra High’s Anthony Santiago placed 14th out of the 27 competitors in the shot put, while Manteca triple jumper Carl Chandler took 18th out of 26. Both athletes fell short of personal-record marks set in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet May 28-29. The top 12 finishers in Friday’s trials advanced to Saturday’s finals.
Santiago’s best throw Friday was on his first attempt, which measured out at 53 feet, 9 inches. The 12th-place finisher — Clayton Valley football standout Khalil McKenzie, son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie — advanced with a 55-4.
Santiago’s other two tries were at 49-11 ¾ and 50-10 ½. Santiago chucked a 57-1 ¼ mark for a runner-up finish at the section finale. Matt Katnik of St. John Bosco is the state champion with a 72-foot toss. He was the only thrower to eclipse 70 feet at the state meet.
Chandler was 7 ½ inches shy of the 12th final-round qualifier in the triple jump. The Buffalo topped out at 44-8 ½ on his second leap, improving his initial attempt that went for 44-2. His last jump was 41-7 ¼. Chandler placed third in the SJS with a career-best 46-9 ¾.
Ron Smith of St. Mary’s (Berkeley) captured the gold Saturday with a jump of 49-0 ½.