French, Migliozzi move onto state championships |

French, Migliozzi move onto state championships

After strong performances Friday, a pair of Nevada Union runners will be heading south May 31 to represent the Miners at the CIF Track and Field State Championships in Clovis.

Senior David French and junior Garrett Migliozzi put their best feet forward, over and over, Friday both earning the right to continue their season’s after stellar outings at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet in Elk Grove.

Migliozzi was the first to notch his bid to move on, placing third in the 1600 meter race with a time of 4 minutes, 15.80 seconds.

Migliozzi was just .01 seconds behind the second-place finisher, but with just 200 meters left, it was unclear if Migliozzi was even going to crack the top-5, he said.

“It was scary because I was in like eighth or ninth at the 200 mark,” Migliozzi said. “Then I just kicked as hard as I could.”

Nevada Union track and field coach Jamie Wise, said the 1600 was a crazy race.

“With 200 meters to go (Migliozzi) didn’t look like he had it,” Wise said. “But he gutted it out.”

Granite Bay senior Trent Brendel took first in the 1600 with a time of 4:13.94.

The competition was so strong in the 1600, that four runners advanced with state qualifying marks.

French punched his ticket Clovis in the 800. French came into the Masters meet as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion and led most of Friday’s race, but was edged at the finish line by a leaning Paul Mohr, a senior from Davis.

French’s second-place finish was in a time of 1:54, only .02 behind Mohr.

This will be French’s first trip to the state championships and will be Migliozzi’s second.

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