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TRACK & FIELD: Miller, Fishburn garner berths for CIF state meet
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DAVIS — Miranda Miller is returning to Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis for the CIF State Track & Field Championships.
This time, she’ll have company.
Fellow Sierra standout Holden Fishburn is joining her after both locked down top-three qualifying spots in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships at Davis Sr. High on Friday.
Miller placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 38 feet, 3 inches. She held the lead for the moment after landing her best jump on her fourth overall attempt. In round 5 of 6, Vanden’s Sameerah Evans leapfrogged the CSU Bakersfield-bound senior at 38-10 ½.
Fishburn, the reigning SJS Division III champion in both throwing events, sneaked away with a state berth after recording the third-place mark of 151-8 — a personal record — on his last try. Oakdale’s Ben Chappell was the winner with a 155-11 PR.
They’re not finished yet.
Both are coming back today for other field events. Miller claimed the Division III pole vault title last week is seeded No. 2 for Masters. She’s also competing in the long jump and holds Sierra records for all three events. Fishburn returns for the shot put, where he is the No. 3 seed.
The top three placers in each event and athletes who hit at-large marks advance to state. Preliminary track events also took place Thursday.
East Union’s Jaidyn Valencia and Lathrop’s Erielle De La Cruz joined Miller in the triple jump. Valencia set a personal record at 36-8 ½ for ninth place but was 3 inches shy of reaching the finals. De La Cruz finished 21st at 33-10.
In track events, only two local competitors qualified for the final heats, and they did so by grabbing the last available spots in their events.
East Union senior Jadyn Snaer placed second in her 100-meter heat but ended up eighth overall in 12.61 seconds — merely two tenths of a second faster than Bella Vista’s Emma Barthel for the final spot. Snaer also ran the 200, finishing 17th in 26.50.
Ripon sophomore Laila Irogoyen clinched the 12th and final spot in the 800, crossing the finish in 2 minutes, 19.62 seconds.
East Union seniors Alexus Surnip (12th, 16.38) and Julia Vezaldenos (17th, 16.68) participated in the 100 hurdles. Surnip, who has signed with Sacramento State, has one more shot to make the CIF meet today in the long jump.
Lathrop freshman LaNicia Ellis debuted at Masters in three events. She took 16th in the 200 (26.41), 23rd in the 400 (1:01.04) and was part of the 21st-place 4x100 relay (50.45).
Sierra’s Jeida Lavender came up short of a finals berth but set a personal record in the 400 in 59.65, good for 16th place. Ripon sophomore Bennie Dimas came up two places short of making Day 2 in the 800 (1:59.94).
Both of Ripon’s mile relay teams also ran in the trials, with the girls taking 22nd place in 4:18.09 and the boys 189th in 3:35.06.
East Union’s Maury Ortiz (1,600), Lathrop’s Maria Soto (3,200) and Ripon’s Abrahim Alsaidi (3,200) will make the trip to Davis today to compete in distance events.