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Bearcat Runners Advance to CCS

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At the PAL Track & Field Finals on Saturday, 3 Bearcats qualified in 4 individual track events plus two relay teams are in for next week’s CCS meet in Gilroy. The runners will be joined by pole vaulter Brandon Huey who qualified in his field event last week.  Leading the pack for the Bearcats sprinters yesterday was hurdler specialist Jacob Jeffries, who qualified in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Jeffries set PRs in both races and took 2nd and 1st respectively in the two events. His win in the 300 was the solo gold medal for the SMHS team and his time of 15.82 in the 110 hurdles was one of the fastest ever recorded by a SMHS hurdler.  It might be school record for automated timing (to be verified) beating the time of one of his coaches, Jesse Wong, set in 2011. Jeffries also ran a leg of the 4×400 relay and that squad finished 4th to qualify for CCS. The other legs of the one mile relay sprint were run by Bruno Brasilero, Walden Kidd, and Ian Petrola who ran a strong first leg in place of injured Kevin Grant. Earlier in the day, Brasilero ran a PR himself in the 400 placing 5th and qualifying for San Mateo’s 3rd individual CCS race. Back spasms caused him to scratch from the 200 earlier in the day where he had a great chance to qualify in his 2nd individual event.

Brasilero also led the Bearcat charge early in the day in the 4×100 relay to a 6th place finish that will earn he and his teammates a trip to CCS.  He was joined Saturday by Andy Feng, who has run the first leg of the one lap sprint relay all season, Boris Mazin, who has also been a key member of the sprint team this year, and Zain Barrios (Mazin and Barrios pictured above) who filled the void admirably in Grant’s absence to help advance the Bearcats to next week’s meet in this event. The fourth individual event the Bearcats qualified for was the women’s 200. Natalia Diaz took 6th in the half lap sprint and earned an invite to the CCS meet, making for a great finish to an excellent career for the senior.

Other Bearcat top 10 PAL finishes of note Saturday included:

  • Marina Fess – 7th in the Pole Vault matching her PR in the event
  • Seanna Fess – 8th in the 3200 while running her best time of the season
  • Nicolas Poellinger – 8th in the discus and setting a PR in his final meet for SMHS over his 4 year career
  • Kayla Kaussner – 10th in the 300 hurdles, tying her season’s best mark for the 4 year veteran of the team

IMG_8809 Jeffries winning a PAL Championship in the 300 Hurdles

IMG_8793 IMG_8794 Poellinger unleashing his discus PR

IMG_8829Relay team members (L to R) Ian Petrola, Andy Feng, Bruno Brasilero, Wally Kidd and Jake Jeffries