A little background – there are only two sections in track and field in the central section. Division 1 has three different meets (North, Central, and South), and Division 2 has one meet.
The top three are automatic qualifiers to the Central Section Championships, and then the next six best get at-large berths to the Central Section Championships.
This is the last year for track having divisions, as the CIF Central Section recently voted 25-17 to just go to area meets for qualifications to the CIF Central Section Track and Field Championships.
Conditions: Exeter High School has a nine lane all-weather track, they have excellent jumping facilities, and their throwing rings are across the street at a separate facility – the throwers throw onto grass. It was 82 degrees at the start of the meet 4 p.m. and the temperature reached 85 degrees by 5 p.m..
The throwers’ events were completed by 6:30 p.m. The all-weather track is brand new this year, but the throwing rings have not been updated for several years, and the ring was especially slippery from the surface being worn down.
The top six medaled with the top nine getting three additional throws/jumps after the original 3 throws/jumps. There were 18 athletes in each event. There were 47 schools represented at this meet.
A.J. Duncan reached the standard to qualify for this meet – this is the third year that he has qualified for this meet. Brett Grimsby received an at-large bid with his throw of 126’ earlier in the year.
Duncan scratched on his first two throws, and on his third throw, made a “safe” throw trying to get into the finals. This throw was 103’1” placing him 17th. Duncan had a great four-year track and field career at Kern Valley.
Grimsby had a “safe” throw for his first throw. His second and third throws were both in with his farthest throw going 106’ placing him 15th.
Brett had turned up his game at this meet using the full rotation for his throws. The experience is definitely going to help his junior and senior years! Always a huge accomplishment for a sophomore to be at this meet.
Wednesday was the Div. 2 Championships in Exeter. The Lady Broncs had two athletes competing in the girl division.
The two girls would be competing in four events. Freshmen, Adeline Goulding competed in the long jump. She finished 12th place out of 19 competitors. She was one of four freshmen competing in this event. Adeline had a jump of 15’.
Senior, Julia Amstutz had a busy day competing in three events.
In the 100m hurdles she finished 11th of eighteen. She had a personal record today with a time of 17.64. Julia also competed in the high jump fishing eighth of thirteen. She had a jump of 4’ 8”.
Her final event was the triple jump where she finished 16th with a jump of 30’ 6.5”.
Both young ladies had a great season. With Adeline being a freshmen we will have her back for seasons to come. For Julia she has had a great career at KVHS. She will now take her talents to Cal State Monterey Bay, where she will be competing in track and field along with her studies.