CLOVIS — On the final turn of her 800-meter run, Templeton High senior Savannah Camacho was in the lead when another runner got in front of her.
She decided not to chase her down.
This was only a preliminary race.
Nonetheless, Camacho’s time of 2 minutes, 9.9 seconds was the fourth-fastest overall qualifying time at Friday’s CIF State Track and Championships at Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The athletes, as well as the announced crowd of 6,286, had to deal with 100-degree heat for the majority of the event.
The top nine times and marks advanced on.
Camacho will try to win her first state title after back-to-back runner-up finishes in today’s 800 final at 7:50 p.m.
She was one of three San Luis Obispo County athletes who qualified to compete on the second and final day of the state meet. Arroyo Grande senior Garrett Weinreich advanced in the boys shot put after finishing fourth with a throw of 60 feet, 7 1⁄2 inches, and junior teammate Madison Jacobs moved on in the girls discus after her third-place throw of 141-11.
Weinreich finished third last year, making him the highest returning state qualifier in the shot put.
“My main focus all year has been the shot put,” he said afterward. “Hopefully, I’ll get the job done (today).”
The girls discus final is at 4:30 p.m., and the boys shot put final at 8:30.
For Camacho, she’s not done. The Oklahoma State-bound athlete wants to put aside her two state runner-up finishes to Harvard-Westlake’s Amy Weissenbach in the past two years. Weissenbach, who is the national record holder in the event at 2:02.04, also took it easy Friday night and finished third overall in 2:09.87. Chico’s Kody Atkins had the fastest time of 2:08.54.
“One girl took it out really fast in the last hundred (meters), so I let her have it,” Camacho said afterward about her heat in which she finished second to Atkins. “I didn’t want to push it tonight and not have enough for (today). Hopefully, it’ll be the reverse order (today).”
Madison secured her finals berth in the discus after landing her qualifying throw on her first attempt. Breana Jemison of Carlsbad finished first at 145-5, and Redwood’s Lissette Mendivil was second at 142-8.
“I wasn’t happy with my throws,” Jacobs said, “because I really wanted to go out there and go close to my (personal best of 150-1). But as long as I qualified, I’m going to come in super focused to really win this.”
In the shot put, Jacobs threw 40-81⁄2 to finish 11th — which was short of her personal best of 44-2. Christian’s Rachel Alesi was the ninth and final qualifier after throwing 41-3 3⁄4.
Dos Pueblos’ Stamatia Scarvelis had the best shot put throw at 44-6.
Weinreich and Arroyo Grande senior Brandon Berguia did not qualify in the boys discus, finishing 18th and 19th, respectively. Weinreich had a mark of 162-1 and fouled on his final two throws, while Berguia’s best attempt was 158-1.
The discus leader was Newport Harbor’s Ethan Cochran, who threw 190-0. He also had the best shot put throw at 64-6 1⁄2.
Also today, San Luis Obispo’s Christine Hoffmann will compete in the girls 3,200 final at 8:46 p.m. She has the ninth-best qualifying time of 10:31.73.