This weekend the Knights want to build off their first CCS track and field championship in school history and turn in top times during Saturday's finals at Veteran's Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High in Clovis.
"We have some big goals," Tomkinson said. "I know I want to improve on my sixth-place finish from last year."
The meet starts with Friday's trials at 3 p.m. for field events and 4 p.m. for running events. Saturday's finals begin with field events at 4:30 p.m. and running events at 6 p.m.
After running in three events most of the season, Tomkinson is dropping the 400 and will not run the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay, even though she ran an inspired anchor leg, catching the Los Altos anchor at the finish line for second place at Gilroy High last weekend.
"When I got the baton, we were solidly in third," Tomkinson said. "So I focused on the runner in front of me and tried to pull her closer to me. I hate losing so I just went for it and was able to beat her by .01 second or something like that."
Pretre, who ran the third leg and moved up a place, couldn't quite focus on the finish (trying to catch her breath) until Tomkinson came down the stretch.
"I couldn't quite believe it but we all started yelling and screaming," Pretre said. "It was great."
Michelle Louie and Lauren Hamilton started it off for Menlo, which lowered the school record they set earlier this season by three full seconds in a time of 3:56.74.
Pretre estimated Tomkinson made up about 15 meters on the final leg.
Pretre is also dropping the relay and the 1,600, the event where she won the CCS title. Instead both runners will concentrate on the 800, looking for a breakthrough in the trials to reach the finals and then see what happens.
"I know I'm going to have to set a PR by two seconds just to reach the finals,"Pretre said.
She placed second to Tomkinson in the 800 at CCS.
Alexandra Chan and Louie each also qualified in multiple events and each will drop an event to get laser focused on a single event.
Reena Kagen and Charlotte Lee will replace Pretre and Tomkinson in the relay. Chan will run the 100 hurdles and Louie will continue in the relay.
Menlo's CCS time ranks 11th among all qualifiers. Roosevelt owns the top seed with a 3:43.98. Five other teams have gone under 3:50.
Chan advanced for the second consecutive year in the 100 hurdles, taking third in 14,71, a considerably faster time than a year ago.
Menlo-Atherton's Jessica Eagle was a repeat winner in the CCS girls 100, taking first place in 12.07.
"I'm real happy,'' she said. "All year that's what I wanted.''
Eagle is seeded 10th in the 100 and will have a chance to advance to the finals.
The M-A 4x100 team of Autriyana Hardy, Eagle, Malia Latu and Lauren Collinsworth won the CCS in 48.22.
Eagle blasted the second leg and gave Latu the baton with the lead. Latu ran an outstanding third leg and maintained the lead. Then it was all up to Collinsworth to hold off the other anchor runners, some of whom were quite formidable.
"I've definitely never run that hard before,'' she said. "I saw the girl next to me out of the corner of my eye and I thought, we owe it to ourselves to win it. So I gave it everything I had.''
There's a chance Eagle could drop the relay to concentrate on her individual event. If that happens, Deshaya Woods will replace her.
Gunn's Jared Freeman had the top CCS marks in both the shot put and discus all season. He didn't win either event, but advanced in both to the state meet. He took second in the discus at 162-7 and third in the shot put at 53-2. First place in the shot put was 53-3 1/4 and second place 53-2 1/2.
Going to state in both sure beats taking fourth in the discus, something Freeman experienced last year, just missing out.
"I'm just really excited about getting to experience the state meet,'' Freeman said. "I'm going to put in a hard week of practice and show I'm worth a spot. I hope to exceed my previous bests on the biggest stage.''
Castilleja's Moorea Mitchell, who cracked the 40-foot barrier in the girls shot put for the first time at the CCS trials, went over 41 feet four times at Friday's finals. Her best mark of 41-5 1/2 gave her third place and a trip to the state meet.
Quite an improvement after going into the season with a best of 36-3.
"I played soccer for 13 years as a goalkeeper,'' Mitchell said. "This year I decided to solely pursue track and field. I'm totally with it and now I'm seeing my hard work pay off.''
M-A's Francisco Sanchez was another state meet qualifier, taking third in an ultra-competitive boys 100 in 10.93. The fourth- and fifth-place finishers were both timed in 10.94. Sanchez said more than a lean at the finish, he thought his ability to relax through the final 50 meters was the key to his third-place finish.
"Now I need to pair that up with a nice start,'' Sanchez said.
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