Meet begins at 3:30 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Stadium

Twelve local athletes are set to compete in the CIF Central Section Track and Field Championship meet Saturday at Buchanan High School’s Veteran's Memorial Stadium.

Due to expected rain, the Central Section office said the meet will begin at 3:30 p.m. rather than 4 p.m with field events then track events at 4:30 p.m. Cost of admission is $8 per adult, $6 for high school students with ID and $7 for seniors. Parking also costs $5.

Athletes qualified for the Valley meet by either placing top three at the Central East Area meet last week or by having one of the next six top marks combined from all the four Area meets.

Monache High School is taking the most local qualifiers to Valley with five. In girls events, senior Marilou Ruiz is competing in the 1,600-meter run (5 minute, 19.40 seconds, 3rd) amd 800 run (2:20.67, 3rd); sophomore Ruby Fiori in long jump (16 feet, 3 and one-half inch, 4th) and triple jump (34-1, 5th); and sophomore Madyn Shaffer in pole vault (9-7, 3rd).

Competing for the Marauders’ boys, senior Ivan Mendez in the 3,200 (9:36.44, 1st) and junior Isaiah Sotelo in the 800 (2:00.78, 3rd). Mendez was the only athlete from the area to make it to the CIF State finals’ second day last season. He placed 24th in 3,200 with a personal record of 9:24.42.

Qualifying from Lindsay is senior McKaylie Caesar in the girls’ 1,600 (5:04.26, 1st) and 3,200 (11:19.55, 1st); Elijah Page in the boys’ triple jump (42-6 1/ 2, 3rd); and Manuel Torres in the 400 (51.90, 4th). Caesar qualified for the CIF State meet last season in the 1,600 and finished 25th in the prelims with 5:11.09.

Strathmore girls’ junior Kaija Ambriz in the 300 hurdles (47.88, 2nd) and senior Caroline Ertl in the high jump (4-11, 2nd) also qualified while Granite Hills’ senior Savanah Bugarin made it in the 100 hurdles (15.78, 1st) and 300 hurdles (48.26, 3rd).

Porterville’s lone qualifier is junior Jorge Sanchez in the 3,200 (9:47.06, 2nd).

Qualifying times from the Area meet are listed with the athlete’s place in event.

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