Five months after qualifying for her first CIF State Championships in cross country, Vintage High School’s MacKenzie Mills will make her first trip to the state meet in track and field next Saturday.
The junior needed a top-three finish in the girls 3,200 meters at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on Friday, and got it with a second-place time of 10 minutes, 50.27 seconds. It smashed the personal record she had posted the week before at the same Elk Grove High track, 11.00.76.
The winner was Vista del Lago-Folsom junior Madeleine Ankhelyi (10:40.54), while Oakmont-Roseville junior Karlie Garcia (10:53.33) was third — 11 seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher.
The state meet is June 1-2 at Buchanan High in Clovis. Mills’ event is scheduled to start at 8:46 p.m. Saturday, June 2.
Last May, Mills finished sixth in the 3,200 at the Masters Meet at Sacramento’s Hughes Stadium in 11:14.55. She didn’t get to the Masters Meet as a freshman, placing 11th at the Division I meet.
None of the other four juniors representing Napa County in this year’s Masters Meet were able to advance.
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Vintage’s Brandon Beck came close, placing fifth in the boys 200-meter finals with a time of 22.59. Runners may also qualify if they meet an at-large standard, but that was 21.60 for the 200. The winner was Antelope junior Robert Ellis (22.01), followed by seniors Jordan Monteiro-Williams of McClatchy (22.41) and Ersell Williams of Cordova (22.42).
Beck had run a 22.61 in Thursday’s trials to qualify seventh among the eight finalists. Last Saturday on the same track, Beck clocked a personal record of 22.22 to place second in the section Division I meet.
In the girls 1,600 meters, Napa High’s Claire Miller finished 10th in 5 minutes, 19.38 seconds. Like Beck, she would have reached the state meet had she equaled last week’s time on the same track — 5:12.45, which was faster than Masters winner Faith Makau of Enochs-Modesto (5:12.74). The other two state berths went to Oak Ridge’s Maxine Goyette (5:13.65) and Ponderosa’s Christine Redor (5:14.09).
The boys pole vault saw Napa High’s Robert Wakerlin top out at 14 feet, tying for seventh place with Golden Valley-Merced sophomore Ryan Pust.
Steven Pust of Golden Valley edged Vacaville’s Reed White for first place, each clearing 15-3, but White in more attempts. The third and final spot went to Benicia’s Adam Thomas, who cleared 14-6 in fewer attempts than three others.
In the boys discus, Napa High’s Conor McNamare came away with a 22nd-place distance of 127-9. Stagg-Stockton’s Brian Hamilton (174-6), Livingston’s Aldo Guzman (168-1) and Vacaville’s Curtis Bleasdale (167-6) grabbed the state berths.