Tatum Souza won the girls long jump and Napa High teammate Kurt Ruegg captured the 3200 meters at the Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Masters Meet on Friday at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium.
Souza won with a mark of 17 feet, 11 inches, earning a return trip to the state meet in the same event after placing third in 2009. The senior also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday with a second-place time of 14.88.
Ruegg will be going to his first state track meet after winning in 9 minutes, 11 seconds. The senior was sixth in the event last year.
They will be joined by Napa High senior Mario Giovannoni at the June 4-5 CIF State Championships at Buchanan High in Clovis. Giovannoni qualified in the boys high jump on Thursday with a personal-record, second-place mark of 6 feet, 6 inches.
“They were expected to qualify when they came in, and they did. We’re really proud of them,” Napa High head coach Troy Gittings said. “We’re proud of everybody for making it this far. Three kids making it to state is the most we’ve had in a while.”
Three other Indians came up short.
In the boys discus, junior Cody Gochenouer finished 13th with a mark of 145 feet, 4 inches. The throwers got three attempts in trials to make the top nine and advance to the finals, but Gochenouer fouled on his other two trials throws. Ashley Augustus was unable to advance in the girls 1600 meters with her time of 5:26, and Claire Miller placed eighth in the girls 3200 in 11:17.
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Vintage High’s Megan Zoller was unable to advance in the girls high jump with a mark of 5-3. She had won the event with a 5-2 leap at subsections in cold, windy conditions.
Zoller was also on the Crushers’ 4x100 relay team that qualified for the Masters meet. But the time of 50.57 seconds posted by her, freshman Angelique Lopez, junior Sara Jansen and sophomore Kyla Booker in Thursday’s trials was good for 12th — three spots short of advancing to Friday’s finals. Junior Alanna Griffin was the relay team’s alternate.
Souza’s winning jump was 53⁄4 inches under the personal record she set at the Monticello Empire League Championships two weeks ago. But she jumped five inches farther than her qualifying mark at subsections.
Runner-up Jaci Powell of Oakdale went 17-10. Hannah Hardy of Woodcreek-Roseville was third at 17-9 and Timery Mueller of Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills was fourth at 17-83⁄4, well short of their subsection marks of 18-0 and 18-2, respectively.
Gittings couldn’t explain why Hardy or Mueller didn’t do as well.
“There was just a little bit of a wind ... Tatum just jumped better than everybody else,” he said.