A year removed from nearly winning the state title in the discus, Arroyo Grande High’s Madison Jacobs will have another shot at the championship, as well as a chance in the shot put.
At the CIF State Track and Field Championships on Friday in Clovis, Jacobs had a best of 143 feet, 9 inches in the discus in the prelims to finish in fifth place and qualify for today’s finals.
She later placed ninth in the shot put with a mark of 41-2, just making the cut for the finals. The top nine finishers in each event qualify for the finals.
In the discus, she came into Friday with the third-best qualifying mark, a year after taking second at the state meet. Clovis West’s Nikki Okwelogu had the top discus qualifying mark at 170-6.
Following her, Stamatia Scarvelis (Dos Pueblos) came in second with a 153-0, Tanya Sapa (La Sierra) came in third with a 148-11 and Hannah Chappell (Oakdale) came in fourth with a 144-5.
On the boys side, Arroyo Grande’s Elijah Holt missed qualifying in the 110 hurdles by .03 seconds. He finished in 10th with a time of 14.37. He came into Friday’s race as the 11th-best qualifier.
CIF-Southern Section individual championships
Arroyo Grande High’s Eli Whittle fell in the quarterfinals at the Seal Beach Tennis Center, losing to Palm Desert’s Austin Rapp 7-5, 4-0.
Midway through his second set, after falling behind 4-0, Whittle began cramping in his leg and couldn’t finish the match. He then retired, ending the season with a 69-3 record and his career with a 232-15 record.
Earlier Friday, Whittle defeated Laguna Beach’s Teague Hamilton, the No. 1 seed out of the Orange Coast League, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the round of 16.