Several of the Bay Valley Athletic League's best track and field athletes shined at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions on May 30-31 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, punching their tickets the state championship meet June 6-7 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis.
Heritage High's Frank Kurtz won the 400 meters in 47.66 seconds, a time that ranks as one of his best of the year. Kurtz enters the state meet with the seventh-best time in the event this season, 47.35, set at the Arcadia Invitational.
Other Patriots scored at the MOC to help the boys team finish seventh.
Solomon Demeko-Ousman, a senior, took fourth in the boys 1,600 in 4:18.34, and junior Griffin DeFlores placed second in the shot put and was fourth in the boys discus with a throw of 153 feet, 3 inches. He qualified for the state championships in both events. On the girls side, Sydney Berry was fourth in the long jump (17-10.75).
Deer Valley had a number of athletes qualify for the state meet, and the Wolverines girls team, led by junior Briana Guillory, finished second at the MOC with 36 points, behind only St. Mary's.
Guillory won the 200 in 24.17 and took second in the 100 in 12.10. She was also part of Deer Valley's 400 and 1,600 relay teams, which both finished third to qualify for the state meet.
Also leading the Deer Valley girls team at the MOC was sophomore Artearra Coffey, who finished fourth in the 100 hurdles in 14.76, and fifth in the 300 hurdles in 45.95.
Leading the Deer Valley boys team was senior Robert Taylor, who took second in the 400 meters in 48.08 and was part of the Wolverines' 400 relay team that took third in 42.16 to advance to the state meet. Nsimba Webster, also part of the 400 relay team, took third in the long jump with a mark or leap of 22 feet, 11.5 inches.
Freedom's Joe Mixon, in his final high school sports event, finished sixth in the 100 in 11.04 seconds. Mixon will soon be leaving to join the University of Oklahoma football team as the top all-purpose high school running back in the country.
Leading Pittsburg was junior Jelaia Jones, who took fourth in the girls shot put (39-5.50), and right behind her was teammate and senior Tyra Lassair (38-7.50). Pirates senior Francisco Hurtado took fifth in the boys 300 hurdles (38.95).