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Fermin moves on to State finals

CLOVIS • Shawna Fermin was beside herself.

The Silverado senior had to run from the long jump pit back to the clerk of the course to check in for her 400-meter heat race at the CIF State Meet on Friday evening at Buchanan High School. Immediately after her race, she had to make a mad dash back to the long jump pit.

“I had to do the long jump and the 400, which were at the same time,” she said. “I had to jump and run at the same time. So I had to go back and forth. I had to go over here and then I had to go over there.”

But the senior can relax now. She qualified for today’s finals in the 400, running in 55.62 seconds to finish second in her heat race, eighth overall. She failed to advance in the long jump, however, going 17 feet, 11⁄4 inches. She finished 21st.

Also advancing to today’s finals was Kayla Kovar of Burroughs, who is a double qualifier, in the shot put and discus.

She was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 42-10. National leader Anna Jelmini of Shafter set a meet record with a throw of 53-8 to gain the top qualifying spot. Kovar then went 132-9 on her second throw in the discus, qualifying seventh.

Barstow’s Isaac Chavez and Daniel Rosales had the night off Friday. There was no competition in the 3,200 and both earned automatic spots into today’s final.

Fermin said she was relieved once the 400 was finished.

“It’s like a lot of weight off my shoulders,” she said. “Tomorrow, the long jump and 400 are at the same time again. I’m not happy that I didn’t make it in the long jump, but I’m just happy that I can focus on one event, my favorite event. It was so stressful.”

She nearly matched her personal best time of 55.46 despite running in Lane 6.

“I probably can do better,” she said “Having to compete in both events kind of had a factor on me because I didn’t have any rest time. I feel good, though. My goal is to run 54-point. There is a possibility that I can win it, but I just have to be ready mentally.”

But running on the outside could be an issue today. She will have to challenge Long Beach Poly’s Akawkaw Ndipagbor, who had the fastest time of 53.46. Turquoise Thompson of Serra won Fermin’s heat in 54.20.

Despite running around, Fermin still managed a solid jump on her first attempt. However, it was a foul.

“My first jump was my best jump,” she said.

In the most notable race of the day, Reggie Wyatt of La Sierra set a national record in winning the 300 hurdles in 35.02.


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