James Logan High's Ciarra Brewer soared farther than any high school girl in the nation this year on her first triple jump attempt Friday at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions.
She was just getting started.
After her first jump of 42 feet, 23/4 inches (wind-legal), the Florida-bound senior improved on her third attempt with a wind-legal mark of 42-41/4. On her fourth attempt, she went a wind-aided 43 feet, 31/4 inches to break the meet record.
Entering this weekend, no girl in the nation had jumped 42 feet this season, according to DyeStat.com.
"I wanted to go out with a bang going into state," said Brewer, who won her second straight NCS Meet of Champions title in the event. "I'm just grateful to finally break into the 43s."
Amazingly, her winning mark missed her personal best by an inch. Brewer went 43-41/4 in the World Youth Trials in 2009.
Brewer wasn't the only girls athlete to set a meet record Friday at Cal's Edwards Stadium. Las Lomas' Cimran Virdi broke a Contra Costa County record, as well as the meet record, in the pole vault with a winning clearance of 12-9.
After Virdi landed in the pole vault pit after her second-attempt clearance of 12-9, she smiled, threw her fists in the air, then said, "I didn't touch it," as she walked away.
"Ever since I PR'd at 11, I've hit it with some part of my body," said Virdi about hitting the bar while clearing personal records. "I was so happy that I PR'd and didn't touch it."
Virdi also had two good attempts at 13-0, as the junior was able to get her legs over the bar but knocked it off with her upper body. Before clearing 12-9, Virdi sailed over 11-0, 11-6, 12-0 and 12-5 on her first attempts.
James Logan's Danielle Ioramo came through on the last throw of the girls shot put to win that event. Heading into the final round, Ioramo led with a mark of 39-81/2. But on the penultimate throw of the competition, Del Norte's Morgan Laney matched Ioramo's effort.
"It just got me mad because I should be doing better than this," said Ioramo, who responded by putting the shot 40-71/2. "I just had to hit 40 today."
In the track prelims, St. Mary's Trinity Wilson clocked a wind-legal 13.70 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles for the No. 1 qualifying time, then posted the top qualifying time in the 200 (24.42, no wind information). The remaining field event finals start at 9 a.m. Saturday. The track finals begin at 1:30 p.m.