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Saturday, May 24 2014 10:44 PM

Stockdale's Haney completes distance triple crown at section meet

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianLiberty High's Morganne Hill clears a hurdle on her way to a record setting win in the Central Section Masters track meet at Buchanan High.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianLaura Haney, Blake Haney's mom, holds up a poster of her son prior to the start of the 800 meter run at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianStockdale's Blake Haney, right, fights to keep the lead over Clovis' Conner Morello in the 800 meter run Saturday at the Central Section Masters track meet at Buchanan High.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianStockdale High's Blake Haney takes the first turn in second place in the 1600 meter run at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianBakersfield High's Scotty Newton gets some air during the triple jump competition during the Central Section Masters track meet at Buchanan High Saturday.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianIndependence High's Kyra Saunders crosses the finish line in the 100 meter dash at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianLiberty High's Tyler Henderson gets a good start out of the blocks in the 400 meter dash at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianBakersfield High's Derrick Vickers lays on the ground following a trip over a hurdle at the Central Section Masters track meet at Buchanan High Saturday.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The Californianin Bakersfield High's Derrick Vickers hits the hurdle during his race at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianRunners get off the start line including Bakersfield High's Maggie Baker, number 11, in the 1600 meter run at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianFrontier High's Colton Foster lets out a yell on his way to winning the shot at the Central Section Masters track meet at Buchanan High Saturday.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianShafter High's Greg Richardson starts his spin in the shot put event at the Central Section Masters track meet at Buchanan High on Saturday.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianLiberty High's Quincy Jountti gets off a good jump at the Central Section masters track meet at Buchanan High on Ssturday.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianWest High's Fondereau Wilson gets some are during the long jump at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    Nick Ellis / Special to The CalifornianFrontier's Hannah Walker-Banks clears the bar on an early jump in the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    Shafter High's Kendyl Estes get some air during the long jump at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    Liberty's Ty Wallace gets off a good jump in the long jump competition at the Central Section Masters track meet Saturday at Buchanan High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Frontier High's Colton Foster gets off a good throw in the shot put at the Central Section Masters track meet at Buchanan High Saturday.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

CLOVIS -- Even for Blake Haney, winning the three longest races at the Central Section Track and Field Masters Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium sounded difficult.

Turns out he had no idea.

"It's easy to look at on paper and say you have the fastest times in all three events," said Haney, who became the first athlete in the 99-year history of the section championships to win the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races. "I knew it wouldn't be that easy, but it was definitely harder than I expected."

After getting pushed near his limit by Clovis North's Psalm Ocampo, Haney won the 1,600 in 4:13.43 in the 1,600. Then he was nearly beaten, by his own admission, in the 800, when Clovis' Connor Morello passed him with 80 meters to go.

"I thought he had me," Haney said. "I guess my competitiveness took over, and I made one more push."

He passed Morello with about 40 meters to go and beat him to the line in 1:52.86 to Morello's 1:53.05.

After all that, Haney's final race, the 3,200, seemed to be going according to plan. In the final lap, he made his customary kick and seemed ready to surge into the lead.

That's when Madera South's Eduardo Herrera clipped one of Haney's feet from behind, sending him stumbling.

"It was frustrating," Haney said, "but it happens. You've got to run through it. I'm not really happy about it, but it happens."

Haney caught himself and then -- in a "Heck, no" moment, Stockdale coach Dave Lonsginer said -- quickly caught up to the field and passed it. He won the race in 9:18.41, beating Herrera and pumping his fist at the finish.

It wasn't his best time, but meeting all three challenges in the span of three hours just might have been his best-ever performance.

"It's the greatest feat in the history of the Valley meet, period," Lonsinger said. "It's never been done. The range of talent and the training he's willing to put himself under separates him from anyone else."

Now Haney will go next Saturday to the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., where he'll try to become the sixth high schooler in American history to run a four-minute mile.

After that, it's back here June 6-7 to Clovis, where Haney will look to become the second runner ever to win back-to-back titles in the 1,600 and 3,200.

"I'll never bet against him," Lonsinger said. "Until someone drives a stake through his heart at the finish line, I'll always believe he'll find a way."

Speaking of double title defense, Liberty junior Morganne Hill did it in impressive fashion in the girls 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She set the section record with a 14.05 in the shorter race and then a meet record in the 300 hurdles in 42.34.

"The record I didn't even think about; it's just icing on the cake," Hill said. "But put a candle on the cake and light it up. It's awesome."

Now, Hill will look to repeat her double-medal performance from the state meet a year ago.

"I have to raise my goals," she said. "I'm kind of ecstatic right now, because my times are already better than what I ran at the state meet last year. If I'm doing this now, who says I can't do even better at state?"

Hill's two golds, combined with a victory in the discus from senior Rae Blansett, who threw 146-4, and a third-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay (anchored by Hill) helped Liberty to 47 team points and a fifth-place finish in the girls team race.

"I was just trying to stay focused and have fun," said Blansett, whose best throw came on her final attempt, after she already secured victory. "It's great to win it in my last year, and hopefully I'll do well at state."

Frontier finished third in the boys standings with 41 points, and Stockdale was fourth with 36 (30 came from Haney's three victories. Fresno-Edison edged Clovis-Buchanan 60-59 for the team title.

Frontier's total was accumulated completely in throwing events and hurdles. Colton Foster defended his section title in the shot put (58-5) and then placed second in the discus (178-6) while teammate Blake Pierce was fourth.

"Definitely the goal was just to get back to state in both events," Foster said. "I wish I had gold in both, but it is what it is."

Another Titans senior, Gabe Gaeta, had a breakthrough day a year after a lost shoe cost him a top-three finish in the 110 hurdles. This time, he was second in 14.58 to Dinuba's Xavier Jones (14.50) in a race that featured a controversial disqualification (Stockdale's Alec Benavides for a false start) and a crash by Bakersfield's Derrick Vickers as he went over the final hurdle.

"It was insane," Gaeta said. "I never would have expected that."

There was drama, too, in the 300 hurdles. Gaeta led wire to wire but had to hold off Buchanan's hard-charging Paramveer Chohan at the finish. Gaeta ran 38.43 to Chohan's 38.45.

"I knew he was coming, but I didn't know he was that close," Gaeta said. "It felt amazing. I've been working for this since my freshman year. I always wanted to be the Valley champ."

Stockdale's Asia Chesley is a two-time section champion. For the second straight week, she set a personal record, this time by clearing 5-foot-10. That height puts her among the favorites at the state meet.

"What an accomplishment," Lonsinger said. "It was a great PR, and she worked really hard for it. Her fitness level is at an all-time high, and it shows."

The top three finishers in each event move on to the state meet. Other local boys qualifiers were: Independence's Isaac Clark, third in the boys 110 hurdles (14.61); Bakersfield's Scotty Newton, who was a scratch in the long jump but qualified second in the triple jump (48-4); Centennial's Isaac Trevino, third behind Haney and Morello in the 800 (1:54.95); Centennial's Mason Grantz, third in the shot put (52-11); and Centennial's 1,600 relay team, which finished third in 3:22.00 after Fresno-Sunnyside and Buchanan were both disqualified for stepping out of their lanes. Ridgeview's Herman Day qualified in high jump (6-5).

Other local girls qualifiers were: Independence's Kyra Saunders, who made it in the 200 (third, 24.73); Garces' Julianne Finch, third in the pole vault (10-7) and Shafter's Allysa Klinger, second in the shot put (38-10.25).

Central Section Track and Field Championships

At Clovis-Buchanan

BOYS

Team scores: 1. Fresno-Edison 60, 2. Clovis-Buchanan 59, 3. Frontier 41, 4. Stockdale 36, 5. Kingsburg 34, 6, tie, Clovis 32, Clovis West 32; 8, Clovis North 29; 9. Tulare Western 25; 10, tie, Bakersfield 10, Centennial 10; 12. Dinuba 17; 13, tie, Lemoore 14, Independence 14; 15. tie, Sunnyside 13, Liberty-Bakersfield 13. Other locals: t20. Ridgeview 10; 25. Golden Valley 7; t31. Mira Monte 5; t34. North, Delano 6; t39. Bakersfield Christian, West, McFarland 3.

100: Kevin Nutt, Ed, 10.68; 2. Joey Souza, King, 10.72; 3. Charles Wheeler, Ed 10.77; 4. Marcus Crouch, CW, 10.86; 5. Kammeron Reed, Ed, 10.87; 6. Isaiah Robinson, Buch, 10.91. 200: 1. Kevin Nutt, Ed, 21.20; 2. Joe Herrera, TW, 21.54; 3. Isaiah Robinson, Buch, 21.88; 4. Mason Rollins, MM, 21.92; 5. Kammeron Reed, Ed, 22.08; 6. Aurelio Valenzuela, Buch, 22.36. 400: 1. Joe Herrera, TW, 47.48; 2. Alfredo Fernandez, Sunny, 49.02; 3. Isaiah Johnson, Madera, 49.42; 4. Malcolm Williams, Sunny, 49.65; 5. Chris Allison, Ed, 50.27; 6. Tyler Henderson, Lib, 50.61. 800: 1. Blake Haney, Stock, 1:52.86; 2. Connor Morello, Clov, 1:53.05; 3. Isaac Trevino, Centennial, 1:54.95; 4. Kevin Chavira, Clov, 1:55.21; 5. Curtis Threlkeld, North, 1:56.57; 6. Jared Despain, CE. 1600: 1. Blake Haney, Stock, 4:13.43; 2. Psalm O'Campo, CN, 4:14.57; 3. Kasey Knevelbaard, Immanuel, 4:17.52; 4. Adam Gonzalez, Redwood, 4:19.70; 5. Jacob Williams, Buch, 4:19.90; 6. Scott Van Matre, Bak, 4:21.06. 3200: 1. Blake Haney, Stock, 9:18.41; 2. Eduardo Herrera, Madera South, 9:19.26; 3. Psalm Ocampo, CN, 9:19.33; 4. Alexis Torres, King, 9:19.52; 5. Jorge Perez, Reedley, 9:26.69; 6. Miguel Villar, MS, 9:27.80. 110 hurdles: 1. Xavier Jones, Dinuba, 14.50; 2. Gabriel Gaeta, Fron, 14.58; 3. Isaac Clark, Ind, 14.63; 4. Kyle Lawson, Clov, 14.83; 5. Isaac Leppke, Din, 14.90; 6. Jesse Hodges, GV, 15.20.

300 hurdles: 1. Gabriel Gaeta, Fron, 38.43; 2. Paramveer Chohan, Buch, 38.45; 3. Scott Hickam, Visalia-Golden West, 39.13; 4. Isaac Clark, Ind, 39.19; 5. Kyle Lawson, Clov, 39.44; 6. Michael Murray, CE, 39.70. 400 relay: 1. Edison (Blake Wright, Charles Wheeler, Kammeron Reed, Kevin Nutt) 41.47; 2. Buchanan 41.77; 3. Kingsburg 42.38; 4. Bakersfield 42.75; 5. Stockdale 42.76; 6. Ridgeview 43.17. 1600 relay: 1. Edison (Tyrone Smith, Kevin Nutt, Sean Ezenwugo, Chris Allison) 3:19.49; 2. Clovis 3:20.91; 3. Centennial 3:22.00; 4. Clovis East 3:24.38; 5. Liberty-Bakersfield 3:25.53; 6. Tulare Western 3:25.56. Long jump: 1. Joey Souza, King, 23-9; 2. Matt Bowen, Buch, 22-9 ¼; 3. Chad Zeibak, Exeter, 22-4; 4. Dejonte Oneal, Bull, 22-1; 5. Jhon Juan, Del, 22-1; 6. Erik Grootendoorst, CW, 21-7 ¼. Triple jump: 1. Matt Bowen, Buch, 49-1 ¼; 2. Scotty Newton, Bak, 48-4; 3. Chad Zeibak, Ex, 45-11; 4. Donovan House, CW, 45-5; 5. Dennis Hicks, Lib, 45-3 ½; 6. Seth Brooks, King, 45-3 ¼. High jump: 1. Tymon Locklin, CN, 6-7; 2. Michael Burke, Lem, 6-7; 3. Herman Day, RV, 6-5; 4. Eddie Parish, Central, 6-5; 5. tie, Brady Jeffries, Mission Oak, 6-3; Tyler Nash, Coalinga, 6-3. Pole vault: 1. Trevor Groom, CW, 14-8; 2. tie, Zach Wilson, Buch, 14-8; Nate Gagliardi, CW, 14-8; 4. Tyson Pereira, Lem, 14-2; 5. Edgar Llanes, GV, 13-8; 6. Maison Vanhelsdingen, CN, 13-8. Discus: 1. Eric Loomis, Sierra Pacific, 183-10; 2. Colton Foster, Fron, 178-6; 3. Nicholas Hudson, Kings Christian, 178-4; 4. Blake Pierce, Fron, 166-10; 5. Josh Carr, Red, 161-11; 6. Dillen Littles, Bak. 159-11. Shot put: 1. Colton Foster, Fron, 58-5; 2. Kesean McCandless, Sang, 55-9; 3. Mason Grantz, Centennial, 52-11; 4. Bronson Espinoza, CVC, 50-9 ¾; 5. Isiah Aceves, Mt.W, 50-2 ¼; 6. Matt Smith, BCHS, 49-5.

GIRLS

Team scores: 1, Clovis North 112, 2. Buchanan 108 ½; 3. Edison 60, 4. Clovis West 58, 5. Liberty-Bakersfield, 47, 6. Bullard 19, 7. Independence 16, 8., tie, Kings Christian 15; Central 15; 10. Clovis 14 ½; 11. tie, Mission Oak 13, Garces 13, Shafter 13, Bakersfield 13; 15. tie, Stockdale 12, Central Valley Christian. Other locals: t20. Highland, Frontier, Foothill 6; t27. Ridgeview 3.

100: 1. Jazmen Bunch, Ed, 11.52 (3.1 wind); 2. CaNisha Lewis, Ed 11.80; 3. Rhesa Foster, CN, 12.00; 4. Kyra Saunders, Ind, 12.02; 5. Moesha Davidson, Kings Christian, 12.19; 6. Amari Sperling, Buch, 12.38. 200: 1. Jazmen Bunch, Ed, 23.93 (wind-aided, 2.6); 2. Hannah Waller, Buch, 2.04; 3. Kyra Saunders, Ind, 24.73; 4. CaNisha Lewis, Ed, 24.73; 5. Yamilet Biggers, Buch, 25.14; 6. Rhesa Foster, CN, 25.33. 400: 1. Hannah Waller, Buch, 54.57; 2. Melese Crozier, Ed, 56.35; 3. Yamilet Biggers, Buch, 56.95; 4. Jamie Penner, Garc, 57.06; 5. Mikalea Romanini, Bak, 57.35; 6. Vanessa Knevelbaard, CVC, 59.36. 800: 1. Mikaela Smith, CN, 2:11.08; 2. Kylee Strausser, Bull, 2:13.70; 3. Hannah Benoit, Buch, 2:14.09; 4. Gabby Satterlee, CVC, 2:14.93; 5. Mikalea Romanini, Bak, 2:16.84; 6. Tatum Perez, Mt.W, 2:18.12. 1600: 1. Hannah Benoit, Buch, 4:57.50; 2. Miranda Kennedy, Buch, 4:57.85; 3. Lauren Moffett, CN, 5:03.68; 4. Maddy Nikkel, Buch, 5:05.66; 5. Kaitlin Pacheco, CW, 5:13.02; 6. Lauren Lienau, CN, 5:13.02. 3200: 1. Leigh Moffett, CN, 10:46.15; 2. Miranda Kennedy, Buch,10:56.24; 3. JoJo Zorn, Monache, 10:56.26; 4. Lauren Moffett, CN, 10:56.28; 5. Savannah Berry, High, 11:14.75; 6. Josie Frye, Buch, 11:19.99. 100 hurdles: 1. Morganne Hill, Lib, 14.05 (section record; old record, 14.06, Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Buchanan, 2001); 2. Moesha Davidson, Kings Christian, 14.22; 3. Lyndsey Lopes, CW 14.35; 4. Rhesa Foster, CN, 14.58; 5. Michelle Hester, Central, 14.69; 6. Sammy Rachal, GW, 15.40. 300 hurdles: 1. Morganne Hill, Lib, 42.34; 2. Lyndsey Lopes, CW, 43.86; 3. Andrea Trujillo, Clov, 45.32; 4. Sarah Harvey, Fron, 45.89; 5. Damaris Hamilton, CW, 46.54; 6. A'Jai Malone, Bak, 46.79. 400 relay: 1. Edison (Jazmen Bunch, CaNisha Lewis, Melese Crozier, Kristy Baker) 46.59; 2. Buchanan 47.29; 3. Central 47.80; 4. Independence 48.61; 5. Clovis West 48.73; 6. Liberty 49.50. 1600 relay: 1. Buchanan (Brenae Wellington, Yamilet Biggers, Hannah Waller, Hannah Benoit) 3:51.90; 2. Edison 3:53.54; 3. Liberty 3:55.20; 4. Clovis North 3:56.18; 5. Central Valley Christian 3:58.36; 6. Shafter 4:03.03. Long jump: 1. Rhesa Foster, CN 18-6; 2. Ka'Lea Ashley, Bull, 18-3; 3. Mikaela Smith, CN, 17-7 ½; 4. Nashedah Mu-Min, MO, 17-4 ¼; 5. Damaris Hamilton, CW, 16-6 ¾; 6. Gianna Cassinerio, CN, 16-6 ¾. Triple jump: 1. Cyinna Booker, TW, 38-3 ¼; 2. Nashedah Mu-Min, MO, 37-10; 3. Gianna Cassinerio, CN, 36-11; 4. Brynley Bowers, CW, 36-2; 5. Remington Mahlum, Buch, 35-9; 6. She Pree Brevil, RV, 35-0 ½. High jump: 1. Asia Chesley, Stock, 5-10; 2. Lyndsey Lopes, CW, 5-5; 3. Ellyssa Taylor, Reed, 5-3; 4. Ebony Turner, Foot, 5-3; 5. Michelle Hester, Central, 5-1; 6. Moesha Davidson, Kings Christian, 5-1. Pole vault: 1. Beth Rossi, CN, 11-7; 2. Shelby Noble, CW, 11-1; 3. Julianne Finch, Garc, 10-7; 4. tie, Sydnie Sullivan, Clov, 10-7; Remington Mahlum, Buch, 10-7; 6. Rachael Peterson, ElD, 10-7. Discus: 1. Rae Blansett, Lib, 146-4; 2. Coryne McKenney, Buch, 138-1; 3. Mackenzie Curtis, CN, 125-5; 4. Alicia Viveros, Lib,123-11; 5. Ariana Garcia, Fowl, 120-1; 6. Shaunice Sutton, King, 118-7. Shot put: 1. Elizabeth Akindele, CN, 41-3 ½; 2. Allysa Klinger, Shaf, 38-10 ¼; 3. Addyson Smith, Mad, 38-3 ¼; 4. Ariana Garcia, Fowl, 37-3; 5. Malerie Crenshaw, Clov, 37-1 ¾; 6. Alica Viveros, Lib, 36-3 ¼.

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