Wednesday, May 30, 2012

10th Consecutive Top 10 Finish For Lady Warriors Cap Strong Showing at CCS Finals

Gilroy, CA - Sean Davis and Kristin Sato are moving on to the State Championship along with the girls 4 x 100 meter relay!

Entering the meet the girls 4 x 100 meter relay team had the 5th best time in the section and had hopes of qualifying to the State Championship.  Davis and Sato both thought they'd make it, but knew they were going to have to have a good day to do it.  No matter what they thought going into the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships on Friday night, they all walked out with tickets to next week's CIF State Championships.

The top three finishers in each CCS final at Gilroy High earned berths to the state championships next Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis.

In the Long Jump Kristin Sato battled for the title setting a personal best in the process.  When the dust settled and the marks were tallied Sato sat atop the standings with St. Francis' Micha Auzenne in a tie for first.  Sato jumped 18-5.5, but so did Auzenne. So it went to their second-best jumps for the tie breaker.  Auzenne's was 18-0.5, Sato's 18-0.

After qualifying in the 4 x 100 relay and long jump Sato also came back later in the day to finish 5th in the triple jump in 35-6.5.  Jumping into a headwind the school record holder and WCAL Champion finished on the podium for the third time on the day!

The Girls 4 x 100 meter relay team had their best race of the year at just the right time.  The team of Bradley, Smallwood, Sato and Johnson improved for the third race in a row after coming together as a team for the WCAL Championship.  Their time of 48.78 is a season best and #4 for the Warriors all-time.

In the Boys 800 meters Sean Davis has the top time in the section this year but had his hands full with a blistering pace set by SLV's Cody Johnson.  Johnson set the pace and Davis followed passing 400 meters in 55.3 in 4th.  Making his move on the back straight he closed the gap moving into second but the distance was too much to make up on the leader.  Davis' was in a celebratory mood after his second place finish that advances him to his first State Final.

"We did it," Davis said after his race.  "We are going to state!"

It has been quite the journey for the Senior who has had aspirations of qualifying for the Track & Field State Meet the past three years.  Along the way he finished 4th as a sophomore and then last year as a junior collapsed just 10 meters from the finish after leading the majority of the final lap in a qualifying position.  This year would be different however, more focused than ever Davis upped his mileage, ran cross country for the first time and honed his speed with training partners Chris Waschura of Woodside (last year's 1600 and 800 champion) and Kevin Bishop (This year's 3200 meter Champion).  The changes paid off as Davis is moving on and has run personal bests in every event he competed in this spring.

Other finalist include Shelby Smallwood who blazed the 100 meters in a photo finish to finish on the podium in 5th.  Ryan Severson also finished on the podium in the 100 meters as well finishing in 6th.  Severson also finished 8th in the Boys 200 meters.  Theodore King had a breakthrough performance at the CCS Semi-Finals with his throw of 53-2.25 and competed strong again in the finals finishing 7th with a mark of 51-10.5.

The Girls finished 6th in the team standings, their 10th consecutive finish in the Top 10.  The Boys finished 13th respectably. 

Full Results: CLICK HERE

Video Below of the Boy's 800 meters with Sean Davis finishing 2nd advancing to the State Championship.

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