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Gradiska second in state track meet 200, fourth in 100

Pinewood sprinter shows she ranks among the best with solid efforts

Pinewood junior sprinter Angela Gradiska came away from the final day of the CIF State Track and Field Championships without bettering her times from the preliminaries. Yet, Gradiska still achieved something more important.

Gradiska earned two medals on Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis, one for finishing second in the girls' 200 meters and another for taking fourth in the 100.

She ran 11.74 in the 100 finals after clocking 11.67 in the prelims. Gradiska charged back in the 200 with a 23.85, just off her PR of 23.64 in Friday's opening day.

While the times weren't faster, Gradiska came away with plenty of confidence and the knowledge that she could run with some of the best athletes in the nation. And, she has another year to improve.

Valexsia Droughn of Rio Mesa won the girls' 100 in 11.54 and Ashton Purvis of St. Elizabeth (Oakland) won the 200 in 23.46, faster than her 23.51 prelim time.

The finishes by Gradiska, who has been running track for only three years, more than made up for her first appearance in the state meet last season when she failed to reach the finals in either event.

Perhaps one of the best races of the finals was the boys' 3200 meters, where Palo Alto junior Philip MacQuitty ran the race of his life while clocking a personal record of 9:07.23. Despite improving his PR by more than three seconds, MacQuitty finished only 18th in the huge field that saw 19 runners race across the finish line in under 9:07.34.

The amazing race was won by Chris Schwartz of Foothill in 8:51.60. Mountain View junior Garrett Rowe ran a personal best of 8:55.71 while finishing fourth. Rowe now ranks No. 6 all-time in CCS history in the event.

In the girls' 3200, Gunn senior Allegra Mayer finished 24th in 11:06.62. Jordan Hasay of Mission Prep finished her prep career by winning her fourth straight state title in the event, clocking 10:05.29. Stanford recruit Alexandra Dunne of San Clemente was unable to finish the race after battling a recent heel injury.

A few other Stanford recruits, however, did quite well. Karynn Dunn of Diamond Ranch won the girls' long jump at 20-3 1/4 after taking third in the 100 hurdles in 13.96. Tyler Valdes of Dana Hills was sixth in the boys' 1600 in 4:10.42 and Jules Sharp of Oaks Christian was fifth in the boys' high jump at 6-9, the same height as two others who tied for third.

CIF State Track & Field Championships

At Buchanan High, Clovis

Team leaders -- 1 (tie), Frontier, La Sierra, Cathedral and Clovis East 20; 5, Taft 18; 6 (tie), De La Salle and Serra (San Diego) 18; 8, Ayala 14; 9, Vista Murrieta 13; 10 (tie), Lutheran (Orange) and Granite Hills (San Diego) 12.

100 — 1,Carroll (Cathedral) 10.38; 2, Middlebrooks (Fountain Valley) 10.57; 3, Atkinson (Granada) 10.66. CCS finishers — 8, Spencer (San Mateo) 10.79; 9. Sanders (Santa Cruz) 10.86.

200 — 1, Carroll (Cathedral) 21.08; 2, Thomas (Crenshaw) 21.35; 3, Carter (Santee) 21.44. CCS finisher — 9, Spencer (San Mateo) 22.01.

400 — 1, Wyatt (La Sierra) 46.13; 2, Mance (Chino Hills) 46.41; 3, Woods (Serra-San Diego) 46.67.

800 — 1, Krinik (Valencia) 1:51.83; 2, Case (Del Campo) 1:52.47; 3, Litwiller (Clayton Valley) 1:52.66. CCS finisher — Jani (Branham) 1:54.43.

1,600 — 1, Fleet (University-San Diego) 4:05.33; 2, Gedyon (Loyola) 4:07.26; 3, Villalva (El Toro) 4:09.42.

3,200 — 1, Schwartz (Foothill) 8:51.60; 2, Jarvis (Rancho Bun.) 8:53.78; 3, Wooff (Camarillo) 8:55.16. CCS finishers — 4, Rowe (Mountain View) 8:55.71; 15, Moriarty (Aptos) 9:05.78; 18, MacQuitty (Palo Alto) 9:07.23; 28, Wolfsmith (Sobrato) 9:24.47.

110 HH — 1, Morgan (Taft) 13.76; 2, Finley (Granite Heights) 14.04; 3, Harris (Dorsey) 14.12.

300 IH — 1, Wyatt (La Sierra) 36.71; 2, Morgan (Taft) 36.98; 3, Thomas (Fairfield) 37.23. CCS finisher — 8, Guenther (Gilroy) 39.01.

400 relay — 1, Serra-San Diego 40.67; 2, Long Beach Poly 40.75; 3, De La Salle 40.85. CCS finisher — 8, St. Francis 42.57.

1,600 relay — 1, Lutheran-Orange 3:14.53; 2, Millikan 3:14.64; 3, Rancho Verde 3:15.31.

Discus — 1, Darr (Frontier) 192-0; 2, Irwin (Clovis East) 188-8; 3, Whiteside (Newport Harbor) 183-11. CCS finisher — 6, Butler (St. Francis) 170-11.

Shot put — 1, Darr (Frontier) 62-1 1/4; 2, Field (A. Grande) 61-5 1/2; 3, Graf (Agoura) 59-7 3/4.

High jump — 1, Ross (Vista Murrieta) 7-1; 2, Gwacham (Ayala) 6-11; 3, Steed (Serra) 6-9.

Long jump — 1, Wheeler (De La Salle) 25-2 1/4; 2, Bradley (Gahr) 25-0 1/2; 3, Harrison (Dana Hills) 23-8. CCS finisher — Spencer (San Mateo) 22-10.

Triple jump — 1, Suleman (Deer Valley) 49-7 1/2; 2, Carter (Ridgeview) 48-9 1/2; 3, Gwacham (Ayala) 48-4. CCS finisher — Taylor (Evergreen Valley) 45-9 1/4.

Pole vault — 1, Woepse (Mater Dei) 16-5; 2 (tie), Peterson (Clovis East) and Starr (Folsom) 15-11. CCS finishers — 6, Prader (Salinas) 15-5; 9, Toney (St. Francis) 14-11; 10, Bet (Serra) 14-11.

CIF State Track & Field Championships

At Buchanan High, Clovis

Team leaders -- 1, Long Beach Ply 45; 2, Serra (San Diego) 28; 3, Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 23; 4 (tie), Shafter and Claremont 20; 6 (tie), Moreau Catholic (Hayward) and Diamond Ranch 16; 8 (tie), Marlborough and Highland 14; 10 (tie), Pinewood, James Logan, Leland 12.

100 — 1, Drough (Rio Mesa) 11.54; 2, Davis (Highlands) 11.61; 3, Stoudenmire (Rancho Bernardino) 11.71. CCS finisher — 4, Gradiska (Pinewood) 11.74.

200 — 1, Purvis (St. Elizabeth) 23.46; 2, Gradiska (Pinewood) 23.85; 3, Davis (Highland) 23.88.

400 — 1, Thompson (Serra-San Diego) 53.10; 2, Ndipagbor (Long Beach Poly) 53.12; 3, Okodogbe (Deer Valley) 53.74.

800 — 1, Drake (Valencia) 2:07.45; 2, Davis (Marlborough) 2:07.82; 3, Pettway (Millikan) 2:08.57. CCS finisher — Diaz (Leigh) 2:11.37.

1,600 — 1, Silva (Academy-San Diego) 4:47.67; 2, Curtis (Redondo) 4:49.02; 3, Foster (Lutheran-Orange) 4:49.95.

3,200 — 1, Hasay (Mission Prep) 10:05.29; 2, Grabill (Rancho Bernardino) 10:23.75; 3, Mahoney (Saugus) 10:27.70. CCS finishers — 23, Petersen (Carlmont) 11:01.11; 24, Mayer (Gunn) 11:06.62; 28, Barnett (Leland) 11:15.01.

100 hurdles — 1, Carter (Claremont) 13.59; 2, Nelms (Leland) 13.95; 3, Dunn (Diamond Ranch) 13.96. Other CCS finisher — Goranson (Valley Christian) 14.23.

300 hurdles — 1, Carter (Claremont) 41.26; 2, Cousar (Wilson) 41.70; 3, Nowell (Perris) 41.80. CCS finisher — 4, Nelms (Leland) 42.94.

400 relay — 1, Long Beach Poly 45.88; 2, Serra-San Diego 45.96; 3, St. Mary's Academy 46.00.

1,600 relay — 1, Serra-San Diego 3:42.91; 2, Long Beach Poly 3:45.73; 3, Edison 3:48.08.

Discus — 1, Jelmini (Shafter) 186-9; 2, Collatz (Stockdale) 163-1; 3, Hammar (Buchanan Colony) 140-2.

Shot put — 1, Jelmini (Shafter) 50-5 3/4; 2, Alhoo (St. Mary's-Stockton) 45-7 1/4; 3, Burrell (North Torrance) 45-1 1/4.

High jump — 1, Johnson (Carondelet) 5-8; 2, Richmond (Long Beach Poly) 5-8; 3, Henry (Rancho Cucamonga) 5-6. CCS finisher — 6, Dolbec (Saratoga) 5-6.

Long jump — 1, Dunn (Diamond Ranch) 20-3 1/4; 2, Boyd (Moreau Catholic) 20-2; 3, Baltimore (Marlborough) 19-3 3/4.

Triple jump — 1, Brewer (James Logan) 42-11 1/2; 2, Boyd (Moreau Catholic) 42-4 1/4; 3. Cox (Long Beach Poly) 40-7 1/2. CCS finisher — Leath (Mt. Pleasant) 38-4 3/4.

Pole vault — 1, Ross (Westview) 13-4; 2, Hawkins (Santa Margarita) 12-10; 3, Weseloff (Buchanan) 11-10.

-- PA Weekly Online Sports

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