With the end of the track season upon us, athletes are trying to come up with their best performances of the season, to date, in the Central Coast Section championships at Gilroy High School Friday.

Field events begin at 4 p.m., while running events begin at 6 p.m.

As is usually the case, schools from San Mateo County are well represented, with a chance several finish in the top-3 and advance to the state meet next month.

The following is a look at those athletes from county schools who qualified for the CCS finals.

Throws

San Mateo County athletes are in position to dominate the throwing events. Serra’s Elijah Folau and Mills’ Sione Langi are head and shoulders better than everyone in the boys’ shot put as they put up the two best throws in the preliminaries. Folau is the leading qualifier with a heave of 53-10.5, while Langi is second with a 51-7.25. They were the only two throwers to go past the 51-foot mark and are two of only three throws to eclipse the 50-foot mark this season.

Two other Mills’ throwers, Elias Uai (49-9) and Michael Skyriotis (49-7), qualified seventh and eighth, respectively, along with the Aragon’s Liam Laughlin (48-11, ninth qualifier).

In the girls’ shot put, Terra Nova’s Carly Watts in the one to beat after a prelim-best of 43-3, nearly three feet better than the second-place qualifier, Notre Dame-Belmont’s Krissy Smoot. Mills’ Nane Ikahihifo qualified third with a throw of 39-8, 8 inches better than her season best to this point.

Watts and Smoot are 1-2 in the discus as well, with Watts first with a throw of 136-5. Smoot was second with a distance of 132-7. Ikahihifo was fourth with a 123-8, Pipiena Langi was ninth with a 109-10.

In the boys’ discus, Mills’ Skyriotis qualified third with a 148-1, with Langi fourth with a 147-6. Serra’s Folau (139-10) qualified eighth while the Aragon duo of Laughlin (135-6) and Ian Tapueluelu (134-8) grabbed the final two qualifying spots.

Sprints

Menlo-Atherton’s dynamic duo of Jessica Eagle and Maggie Hall will look to qualify for state in both the 100 and 200. Eagle is the top qualifier in the 100 with a time of 12.02, which is best in the section this season. Hall qualified sixth with a time of 12.21.

The two reverse roles in the 200, where Hall is the second-fastest qualifier with a 24.88 and Eagle seventh with a 25.40. Aniyah Augmon, a freshman out of Silver Creek, was the fastest qualifier with a 24.82.

Woodside Priory’s Keyshawn Ashford has a real chance at qualifying for state in the boys’ 100 after a 10.91 qualifying time, which was good for third as seven of the eight qualifiers ran sub-11 times. Ryan Reed of Sequoia was the last qualifier in the boys’ 100, finishing with an 11.04. Wilcox’s David Hernandez posted a 10.79 as the top qualifier, but Mitty’s Philip McCabe has the best time in the section this season with a 10.67.

In the boys’ 110 hurdles, M-A’s Nick Anderson will look to be top of the podium after a second-best qualifying time of 14.85. Anderson has run a 14.63 this season, which still puts him behind San Benito’s Anthony Delgado, who had the top time in CCS and is the top qualifier with a 14.74. Half Moon Bay’s Sean Fitzgerald squeezed into the final in eighth place with a time of 15.52.

Middle distances

Scott Fitzpatrick (Serra) and Nick Marsano (Crystal Springs) in the 400. Both ran sub-50 races, putting them in contention for a top-3 spot. Fitzpatrick qualified third with a 49.82 and Marsano fourth with a 49.97. Both have run better this season and both are well within range of Branham’s Adam Saleh, who led qualifying with a 49.67.

On the girls’ side, M-A freshman Malia Latu will be the county’s lone representative as the No. 4 qualifier with a time of 59.18. She has run a 58.48 this season, which would put her in fourth place in the section, just outside the state meet cutoff.

Menlo School will be looking to send a pair of 800 runners to state in sophomores Charlotte Tomkinson and Kyra Pretre, who qualified first and third, respectively. Tomkinson put up a new season best for her in the prelims with a time of 2:14.49, while Pretre ran a qualifying time of 2:18.48. Half Moon Bay’s Kendall Mansukhani and M-A’s Lena Kalotihos qualified ninth and 10th, respectively in the 800.

On the boys’ side, the 800 has several county runners contending for a state meet spot with three qualifying for the finals. Tanner Anderson (Carlmont) qualified fourth, blowing away his previous season best of 1:59.36 with a 1:54.98 in the trials. M-A’s Karl Zahlhaas-Liebner is right behind in the fifth spot. He, too, smashed his previous season best by nearly three seconds, qualifying with a time of 1:58.67. Rounding out the county representatives is Nueva School’s Ethan Walker, who eclipsed the 2-minute mark with a 1:58.99, good for ninth-best in the finals.

They’re all going to have to work to catch the front runners, who are running times in the 1:55 to 1:57 range.

Serra’s Taylor Mak, San Mateo’s Jake Jeffries and HMB’s Fitzgerald will vie for the 300 hurdles title. Mak has the second-fastest qualifying time of 39.25, just off the 39.02 set by Lynbrook’s Andrew Shao. Jeffries qualified fifth with a time of 39.88, while Fitzgerald was seventh with a 40.19.

Menlo School junior Alexandera Chan will compete in the 300 hurdles as the No. 6 qualifier with a time of 15:88.

Long distances

Carlmont’s Ryan Wilson will look to move up a couple spots from his No. 5 qualifying spot in the 1,600. He crushed his previous best by nearly seven seconds, running a qualifying time of 4:17.07, which puts him about a second behind the top times.

Menlo School’s Robert Miranda will look to finish out his senior season in style in the 3,200, but he has a lot of work if he’s to get a top-3 spot. His time of 9:29.65 in the prelims was only fifth-best, putting him more than four second behind the top qualifying time of 9:34.52, posted by St. Francis’ Colton Colonna.

Carlmont’s Justin Hsu also qualified for the final in ninth place with a time of 9:33.20.

In the girls’ 1,600, Sacred Heart Prep freshman Luci Lambert qualified fifth with a 5:05.03. The leading time was a 5:03.13 put up by Homestead’s Rebecca Hasser.

Relays

The M-A girls are a player for the 4x100 title, finishing second in qualifying with a 48.34. Silver Creek posted the fastest time of 47.82.

The Serra 4x400 team is the one to beat, despite its second-fastest qualifying time of 3:23.73. The Padres have the fastest time in the section this season, a 3:22.23, but San Benito threw its hat into the ring with a blistering 3:22.73 in prelims, nearly three seconds faster than its previous best this season.

The M-A girls will be looking for a relay double as they qualified fifth in the 4x400 with a time of 4:01.67. San Benito has the top qualifying time of 4:00.5.

Jumps

Menlo School senior Makayla Conley was one of six high jumpers to qualify first with leaps of 5-feet. Woodside freshman Katherine Meade also posted a qualifying jump of 5-0, but St. Ignatius’ Delaney Peranich appears to be the one to beat as she has cleared 5-6 this season. Only one other CCS jumper has gone as high as 5-2 this season.

In the boys’ high jump, Serra’s Sai Patel and Parker McDonald will look to duplicate last year’s success. Both are part of a five-man field to clear the 6-0 mark and hold the No. 1 qualifying spot. McDonald and Scotts Valley’s Reece Stratford have the best jumps this season, both clearing 6-4.

Mills’ Julius Adkins was the final high jump qualifier, matching his season best of 5-10.

M-A’s Anderson, who has a good shot of qualifying for state in the 110 hurdles, has his work cut out in the long jump. His leap of 21-1.75 qualified him eighth, well behind the leading qualifying mark of 24-0 by Alex Enos of S.I.

SHP’s Kyle Schott also has some ground to make up in the triple jump. His jump of 43-3.5 eclipsed his previous season best of 42-8, but put him well behind the leading qualifying leap of 46-4 by Kijani Hilton of Bellarmine.

Keegan Shaw of Sacred Heart Prep grabbed the last qualifying spot in the girls’ long jump with a leap of 16-7.25. It is 2 inches behind her season best and nearly 3 feet short of the top qualifying jump of 19-0 by S.I.’s Megan Ronan.

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