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Santiagos PR, 2nd-place finish in shot put qualify him for state
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Sierra Highs Anthony Santiago is recognized as the second-place finisher and a CIF State Track & Field Championships qualifier in the shot put during Fridays Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Finals at Elk Grove High. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin

ELK GROVE – Anthony Santiago had a personal best in the shot put Friday, is going to the state championships and he wants more.

The Sierra senior recorded a distance of 57 feet, 1 1/4 inches – good for second place in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships at Elk Grove High – but has his sights set on the school record.

“I was happy to PR,” Santiago said. “I would like to have broken the school record but I will shoot for that next week – I am about a foot away.

“I am very excited to go to state. This is my first time and it is something I have always wanted.”

Santiago may have notched that school record Friday but his first throw – possibly his farthest – was a scratch.

“I was kind of in the moment (on the first throw) and told myself that I needed to do that again,” Santiago said. “Considering I fell out of the ring there was a lot more power into it and I tried to replicate it but it just did not happen. I got close to it though.”

Joining Santiago at Buchanan High in Clovis for the two-day California State Track and Field Championships that begin Friday will be Manteca’s Carl Chandler after his third-place finish in the triple jump (46-9 ¾) on Thursday. Chandler was shooting for the 22-foot mark in the long jump but after battling through an allergy flare up had to settle for tying his personal best at 21-8 1/4.

“The long jump is not really my event,” Chandler said. “And I really wasn’t feeling it today. I was trying to aim for that 22 and came up a little short.

“I feel really good about the whole meet, though. Going to state in the triple has been one of my goals throughout high school and the fact that I got it yesterday is so rewarding.”

Coming close to making the trip was Manteca’s  Kenny Wooten who finished fourth (45-10 ¾) to Chandler in the triple jump and was tied for fifth (6-3) in the high jump with Lathrop’s Isaias Hunter, four inches from the at-large qualifying mark.

“I am happy with the way the year went,” Wooten said. “I could have gone on though. This was a bad day and you have to be able to avoid bad days.”

Manteca’s Loretta Kakala had her second top-10 finish in as many days, finishing eighth (118-6) in the discus after a ninth-place effort (36-11) in the shot put on Thursday.

“I was excited to get this far,” Kakala said. “I am going to work hard this summer and hope to come back next year and go further, go to state.”

Iris Carillo of Weston Ranch was 13th (5:21.67) and Manteca’s Emma Holbrook 21st (5:54.94) in the girls 1600 while Tomas Huerta was 17th (4:33.14) in the boys 1600. Lathrop’s Horatio Venable was 17th (20-9 ½) in the long jump and Ripon’s Ellie Waters was 25th (11:48.16) in the 3200.