Cassi Land made Sonora High School history Friday night at the Masters Meet in Stockton.
The junior became the first Wildcat to complete the 1,600-meter run in less than five minutes. She smashed a 22-year old record by over six seconds by crossing the line in 4 minutes, 56.26 seconds. Maggie Hurst held the previous mark of 5:02.3, set in 1995.
Land’s record-setting time placed her fourth in a field of 21 runners, but agonizingly .05 off the pace to qualify for the State Meet for the second time.
Maddy Denner, of Oak Ridge, won the race with the fastest time in the state this year (4:49.84). Olivia O’Keefe, of Davis, who finished third at state last year, was second and freshman Amber Jackson, of Forest Lake Christian, edged Land. Denner, Jackson and Land all set personal bests.
Land showed last week that something special may have been on the horizon. She threatened the school record May 18 while winning the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Track and Field Championships at Stanislaus State in Turlock (5:03.64).
“Cassi has had a great season,” said Wildcat head coach Frank Garcia. “She’s trained all year with cross country and track and field. She’s just an amazing athlete.”
Later Friday evening, Land her season-best time in the 3200 (11:01.10), good for ninth place. Land had previously qualified in the 3200 for the State Meet as a freshman.
Land is coached by her mom and Sonora cross country and track coach Corri Land.
Calaveras’ Blair headed to State Meet
Calaveras’ Jasmine Blair threw herself into the CIF Track and Field State Championships.
The sophomore flung the discus 122 feet, 10 inches and will compete Friday, and hopefully, Saturday at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
Blair, the Mother Lode League and division IV/V champion, finished in third place, just over four feet behind the winner, McKenzie Bood, of Monterey Trail.
Blair’s personal best toss of 127 feet, 8 inches that she set last week at the divisional meet in Turlock would have won her the title.
Blair first broke the 120-foot mark in her first event in May, the Gold Rush Invitational in San Andreas. That was the first of three straight first-place finishes leading up to the Masters.
Calaveras senior Jaiden Caldwell also competed in discus and finished 18th with a toss of 127-00.
Tioga’s Dauth, Simmons have strong showing
Timberwolves senior JW Dauth and sophomore Audrey Simmons both fell just short in their bids to reach State.
Simmons, the Mountain Valley League/Central California Athletic Alliance champion in the high jump, set a personal best on her way to the fourth best height and sixth-place finish out of 17 competitors that recorded heights.
She reached 5 feet, 1 inch, just two inches short of qualifying.
The athletic sophomore had a busy spring, competing throughout the season in the 100 meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump. She was the MVL/CCAA champion in the triple jump and was seventh in division IV/V in the 100 hurdles.
Dauth, the Mountain Valley League/Central California Athletic Alliance champion in the discus, finished sixth in a field of 23.
He stood amongst upper division athletes, 13 of the top 14 finishers were from division I or II schools, and flung the discus 148-11, just five feet off his personal best he set at divisionals the week before. Those extra five feet would have pushed him to fourth, still one spot short of qualifying.
Bret Harte well represented in Stockton
Bret Harte junior Katie Juarez is a volleyball super spiker and softball slugger and Thursday at the Masters showed she’s really fast.
Juarez set a personal best in the 400 preliminaries to finish with the seventh best time, but did not compete Friday in the final. Her time of 58.33 seconds was about 1.5 seconds faster than her previous best set the week before at divisionals.
Juarez also competed in the long jump and was 12th in a field of 21. She reached 17-00, just a few inches from her personal best.
Juarez finished the year as the Mother Lode League champion in the 400 and long jump.
Bullfrog junior Kaela Dishion qualified for Masters in the 800, 1600 and 3200, but only competed Friday night in the latter. She finished in 13th out of 22 runners in 11:14.67.
Dishion ended her season as the MLL champion in the 800 and was second in the 1600 and 3200.
Junior Connor Landis competed in both the 800 and 1600 at the Masters and was 17th and 20th, respectively.
Landis heads into his senior season as the MLL champ in the 800. He finished second in division IV/V in both the 800 and 1600.
Wildcat sophomore Castleman sprints to the end
Sonora sophomore speedster CJ Castleman capped his season with an appearance at the prestigious event.
The Mother Lode League champion sprinted his way into the Masters with a personal record of 22.54 seconds in the 200 at the divisional meet. During the season, Castleman anchored Sonora’s 4x100 relay team and also competed in the 4x400, 100 and 200.
In Stockton, he finished in 22.88 to finish 12th in a field of 19 during the preliminary races.
“CJ shows great promise,” Garcia said. “We are pleased with his dedication and determination. Running with the best at Masters will prepare him for future years.”
Summerville duo end season at Masters
Bear senior pole vaulter Kevin Lund didn’t record a height at Masters and will finish his career as the division IV/V and MLL champion. He set his personal best vault while winning the division title.
He was also the MLL champ in the high jump and third at divisionals.
Bear junior Jesse Hart-McNeal finished 14th in the 110 hurdles.
He will return next year as the MLL champ in the event and also set his personal best in a second place finish at the divisional meet.