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Locals going to state
Fermin qualifies in 400 and long jump
NORWALK • Barstow’s Isaac Chavez and Apple Valley’s Daniel Rosales each set a personal record in the 3,200 meters at the CIF-Southern Section track and field Masters Meet on Friday to qualify for the state championship.
The 3,200 at Cerritos College turned out to be one of the fastest fields ever at Masters as 10 runners beat the automatic qualifying time (9 minutes, 12.57 seconds) to advance to the CIF State Championships — two of them in less than 9 minutes.
Chavez finished fifth with a time of 9:04.50, while Rosales (9:08.96) took 10th. The last time the Sun Devils had a state qualifier was in 1988.
After finishing the first lap in second, Chavez led the pack on the second and third laps. Chavez said he wasn’t planning to get ahead.
“I knew I had to go faster,” he said. “That’s not where I wanted to be. I had to pick it up.”
However, the pace increased and Chavez fell to eighth by the sixth lap. He managed to get past a few runners on the final lap thanks to the short-distance training he said he had worked on a lot this season.
“It’s time to run a very fast race, a chance to get a personal best before going to college,” Chavez said.
Rosales stayed mostly around 10th through 12th during the race. He ran his second mile four seconds faster than the first mile. Rosales’ best time last year was 9:26.
“It’s nice to be in a fast race,” Rosales said. “I just have to stay in a pack. I was right on pace. It’s good. It’s fun. Everybody’s best in the state. You just train all year to come to this race.”
Silverado’s Shawna Fermin qualified to state in the long jump and 400. She said her goal coming into Masters was to simply meet the qualifying marks for both events.
Fermin started out a little rough in the long jump as she jumped 15 feet, 111⁄4 inches on her first try, far from 18-3 she needed to qualify.
“I felt good the first jump, but I kind of lost confidence after that,” Fermin said.
But she regained focus and increased her distance on each jump, going 16-11 on the second, 18-01⁄2 on the third and 18-6 on the fourth. She skipped the next two tries to prepare for the upcoming 400-meter race.
Fermin finished sixth with a time of 55.72 in the 400. All nine runners met the qualifying mark of 56.24.
Granite Hills senior pole vaulter Thea Weiss cleared 10-9 but couldn’t make her first appearance at the state championship. The senior has been struggling from a back injury and also twisted her ankle during the event on Friday.
Despite lack of coaching and competition in the High Desert, she increased her personal best each year and advanced to Masters for the first time this season.
“I’m clearing 11-0 much cleaner this year. I have more experience,” Weiss said. “The injury has really kept me from doing what I could.”
She will be attending the University of California, Berkeley and plans on walking on to the track and field team.
Burroughs senior Kayla Kovar, who placed third in the discus at state last year, continued to prove her prominence in throwing events.
Last year, she didn’t even make Masters in the shot put, but on Friday, she threw 43-23⁄4 on her fifth attempt to win the event.
Burroughs coach Charles Novascone said Kovar has more experience and confidence that she can go further this year.
Kovar, who has signed to join the UCLA track and field team on a full-ride scholarship, said she had overtrained coming into the postseason.
She suffered a respiratory virus infection earlier in the year and lost 10 pounds.
“I’ve been worrying about too many things lately, so I just wanted to have fun,” Kovar said.
She took fifth in the discus, throwing 135-1 to advance to the state.
Kovar’s teammate Karl Moran didn’t make it to the next stage in the 110 hurdles as he ran a 14.80 for sixth place.
The two-day CIF State Championships will be held at Buchanan High School in Clovis beginning on Friday with preliminaries.
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