Miner thrower looks to advance
Nancy Gutierrez advanced in the discus during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I track and field meet’s opening day Tuesday in Modesto, and now the Nevada Union senior is looking to do event better in the shot put when the meet concludes today.
Gutierrez is seeded No. 3 in the shot put coming into the finals, which start at 2 p.m. at Modesto Junior College. She needs to finish among the top nine to earn a return to Modesto next week for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet, a goal that coach Gene Meyers says is well within reach.
“If she can throw 36 feet, that’ll get her to the masters meet,” Meyers said. “Beyond the masters meet, then she’s going to probably have to throw close to 40 to get to state. And she has an outside chance of doing that if she gets one off where everything fits together.”
The top three finishers in each event at the masters meet qualify for the state championships June 2-3 in Cerritos.
Competition in the girls shot put today figures to be tight, since the top five qualifiers all threw better than 36 feet in their respective league meets and two others threw better than 35. Only three inches separate the top three qualifiers – Johansen junior Kayla Xavier is seeded No. 1 with a throw of 36-7, followed by Lauren Guerrieri of Davis at 36-6. Gutierrez is seeded third after her personal record throw of 36-41Ú2 that was good for first-place at the Metro Conference Championships last week.
Gutierrez also qualified for the masters meet in the discus with her ninth-place throw of 105-3 in the final on Tuesday. Guerrieri won the event at 147-7.
Other Miners competing today include Andrew Primrose in the boys 1,600 final today, where he is seeded No. 20 in a high-powered field with a time of 4:44.44, Taylor Christensen is seeded 24th in the boys pole vault at 11-0 and Chapple is seeded 25th for the girls high jump final.
On Tuesday, Dominic Ruggiero competed in the boys triple jump final for Nevada Union and finished 17th at 41-9.
In preliminary action, A.J. Ostrowski logged the 19th best time in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a 43.49 and Erik Salmonson was 19th in the 110 highs with a season-best time of 16.72. Andrew Primrose was 24th in the 800 (2:08.04), Allison Chapple 28th in the triple jump (30-8) and Nicole Cook 30th in the discus (49-8).
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