SAN JOSE -- It came down to his last jump. Mt. Pleasant's Kurt Felicitas was in fourth place in the boys triple jump at the Central Coast Section finals, in danger of missing out on a trip to the state meet.
The pressure was on, and Felicitas responded with a personal-best leap of 47 feet, 5 inches to win the competition Friday at San Jose City College.
"It was all about going for it on my last jump,'' Felicitas said. "I was thinking, 'Fourth place, oh man.' It was all about holding the step phase, keeping my knee up and holding it as long as I can.''
The top three in each event qualify for the state meet. Menlo's Paul Touma placed second (45-9½). Lynbrook's Davis Catolico was third (45-8).
Now after going past the 47-foot barrier for the first time, Felicitas will see about coming up with another personal best at state.
"I think I still have room for improvement,'' he said. "It's partly a confidence thing, the barrier or wall from 47 feet to 48, and pushing through it.''
Felicitas also took third in the long jump at 22-7½.
Wilcox's Jesus Covarrubias injured a foot in practice Tuesday, but once the 800-meter final began, he didn't feel it at all.
El Camino's Gerardo Castro set a blistering pace, running the first lap in 53 seconds. But Covarrubias came on strong down the stretch, catching Castro shortly before the finish and taking first in 1 minute, 54.11 seconds, a personal best by nearly two seconds. Castro was a close second (1:54.44).
"I was aiming for third place,'' Covarrubias said. "I'm still in shock. With probably about 75 to go I started to think I could catch him. I felt like I was running in slow motion all the way.''
Terra Nova junior Jeremy Wright came into the meet with the fastest 400 time in the CCS at 47.61. He showed he wasn't anywhere near his personal ceiling, powering for the win in 47.01.
Palo Alto's Nick Sullivan made up the stagger on Wright over the first 200 before Wright took charge and pulled away in the second half of the race. Serra's Kyle Orloff was second in 47.52 and anchored the Serra 4x400 relay team to a first-place finish in 3:21.55. Orloff also placed second in the 200 (21.87). Sullivan held off Andrew Hill's fast-finishing Lorenzo Freeman for third in 48.82.
Santa Teresa's Daniel Onuoha also chose a fine time to establish a new personal-best in the high jump, taking first place at 6-9.
Mt. Pleasant's Mark Nicholas won the pole vault at 15-6. He missed three attempts at a personal-best 16-2.
"The last attempt felt real good,'' Nicholas said. "I need to get my run down, be consistent and get on a bigger pole.''
Willow Glen's Luis Maciel was a double winner in the shot put (54-4¼) and the discus (171-4). Palo Alto sophomore Eli Givens was a surprise winner in the 100 in 10.83 and also placed third in the 200. Chris Foster of Los Gatos held on to win the 3,200 in 9:20.22.
Santa Cruz won the team title with 61 points.