Lincoln’s Castillo places 20th at Masters Meet in discus

By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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The track and field season ended on Friday for Lincoln High’s J.J. Castillo. Castillo, a senior, placed 20th in the discus at the Sac-Joaquin Section, Masters Meet at Sacramento City College. Castillo, Lincoln’s lone representative at the meet, threw 135-feet, seven-inches. His season high was 161-1. The top three finishers advanced to this weekend’s CIF State Meet in Fresno and Castillo would have had to top 170 feet to break into the top three. Jesuit senior Jeremy Hines recorded the top mark of the day with his toss of 176-10. “With the high level of competition it got more nerve racking,” said Castillo, who went undefeated in Pioneer Valley League competition. “I knew I could keep up with those guys – but it just wasn’t happening. I didn’t really get my throw down in practice all week. “With 161 (feet) I would have been able to make it into the final flight and possibly state because there were only two guys getting over 170,” Castillo said. Castillo threw 157-11 the previous week at the Division III championships. Castillo also starred on Lincoln’s football team, which went undefeated in PVL play in the fall. Castillo was a starting tight end and defensive lineman for the Zebras. Castillo, 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, will play football at Yuba College in the fall and eventually plans to transfer to either San Diego State or the University of Nevada at Reno.