Flight schooled

Live Oak’s Cobbie Jones crosses the finish line first in her

Sacramento
– If anything, Bobby Best got used to competing on a big stage
Friday at the California Interscholastic Federation’s State Track
and Field Championships.
Under a hot Sacramento sun at Sacramento City College’s Hughes
Stadium, the junior won his flight, the first of three in the
discus, with a 150-02 throw. But it wasn’t enough to help him crack
the top nine and qualify for Saturday’s final. Best’s mark was 18th
best overall.
Sacramento – If anything, Bobby Best got used to competing on a big stage Friday at the California Interscholastic Federation’s State Track and Field Championships.

Under a hot Sacramento sun at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium, the junior won his flight, the first of three in the discus, with a 150-02 throw. But it wasn’t enough to help him crack the top nine and qualify for Saturday’s final. Best’s mark was 18th best overall.

Darius Savage from the San Diego Section’s Morse High threw a distance of 196-11 for the top spot. The last qualifying spot went to Scott Pierra of Buchanan High (172-01).

Even though Best had been throwing for declining distances over the past few weeks, they were enough to get him to the CIF state meet.

“The last few weeks, he hasn’t been throwing his best,” said Gilroy head track coach Guido Zvigzne.

Best’s three throws were clean and his form looked smooth. But Zvigzne thought their trajectories were a little too low to help Best get the distance he needed.

“It would have been nice to have had a tailwind,” he said. “We were not getting that.”

Best’s mark of 154-05 at the Central Coast Section Finals last week earned him third place and a spot at the state meet. On Friday, he wasn’t close to his PR of 159-05. Best had hoped to beat that mark yesterday.

“This is a great learning experience for him,” Zvigzne said. “He’s learning from the other athletes. Next year, he’ll know the terrain and do well here.”

Live Oak junior Cobbie Jones qualified for the 800 meter finals for the second year in a row by winning her heat with a time of 2:12.20.

“I do this for fun. It’s my passion,” Jones said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work and now it’s time to enjoy what I’ve done.”

Hollister senior Jesse Rice (400 meters) and junior Todd Merrigan (pole vault) failed to qualify for the finals. Rice took 13th place overall with a time of 49.35. Merrigan finished in 20th place with a mark of 14-03 1/2. The Haybalers’ Amanda Boyd will have her shot at the 3200 meter state title tonight at 7:25pm.

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