Varsity Boys Track & Field

CIF State Championships , Paly's Floreal in 3 finals

Date of competition: Friday, June 1, 2012

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The Palo Alto boys' 400 relay team advanced to the finals at the CIF State Track and Field Championships after qualifying eighth in the prelims on Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High in Clovis. The Vikings' team of Tremaine Kirkman, Jayshawn Gates-Mouton, Morris Gates-Mouton and E.J. Floreal ran 41.70, the second-fastest time in school history, while squeezing into Saturday's finals. Only the top nine advanced out of the prelims.

State leader Rio Mesa was the No. 1 qualifier in 41.14 while Kennedy (Richmond) was the top NorCal team while taking sixth in 41.55. Had Palo Alto equalled its school record of 41.56 from last week's Central Coast Section finals, the Vikings would have qualified sixth. Paly wound up third in the fourth and final heat.

Floreal returned later to finish seventh in the 100 prelims, clocking 10.64 to qualify for Saturday's finals.

Paly senior Nikolai Solgaard ran a personal best of 1:54.36 in the 800 meters but missed advancing after seventh in Heat 2. The last qualifier was 1:52.96.

Floreal qualified for his third event a short time later when he won is heat of the 200 in 21.24 and was the No. 2 overall qualifier for the finals. The time is his second-fastest ever. The No. 1 qualifier was Khalfani Muhammad in 21.16. He was also the No. 1 qualifier in the 100 in 10.44.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jun 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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