Ten performers from San Mateo County will be making the trip to Clovis for the 94th annual California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships, set to begin Friday.
Serra, the only county school to send more than one participant, will have double the opportunity to do damage at state with both of its participants competing in the boys’ shot put.
Jonathan Beering and Luke Longinotti have been nothing if not consistent. They finished second and third in both the West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section championships, respectively.
“The biggest thing is just to get them mentally prepared and get them ready for the scenarios,” Serra coach Jim Marheineke said. “It’s just amazing how strong they’ve come on.”
Beering was first in the preliminaries at the WCAL championships but fell back to second in the finals.
Both played football in the fall and, Marheineke said, will need to transfer the ability to handle pressure to state.
They will only be allowed three throws after getting six at CCS.
Both are also making their state debut, as well as eight others from the Peninsula.
The Peninsula Athletic League has seven representatives heading to the state meet, five of which are non-seniors.
Menlo-Atherton junior George Baier won the boys’ 1,600 meters at CCS and his finish there seeds him 25th for state.
The best state preliminary score from San Mateo County belongs to Westmoor junior Kylie Goo, who draws the 10th seed for state and second at CCS in the girls’ 800.
Sophomores Madeline Price and Greer Chrisman also qualified for the trip to Clovis.
Price, who attends Menlo School, finished third in the 400 at CCS. Burlingame’s Chrisman finished third in the 300 hurdles. Price had a time of 56.68 seconds last week to qualify.
“She’s looking really good, and we won’t be surprised if she hits low 56 at state,” Menlo assistant coach Jorge Chen said.
Carlmont senior Elliot Surovell was the only other participant to win his or her race at CCS and took the 400.
Jefferson’s Myles Holmes (boys’ 200), Mills’ Sabrina Mendoza (girls’ shot put), and Sequoia’s Anya Tonga (girls’ discus) also qualified for state.
The top three finishers in each competition from the Central Coast Section track and field finals earned a spot at the state meet.
CIF state track and field
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Clovis