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Sixth place finishes at state meet for Harper, Sutter, Kamaka

By: Press Tribune sports staff
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Six is the number of the night for local athletes competing at the CIF California State Track and Field Championships in Clovis. Oakmont's Jazmin Harper ran her final 400-meter dash of the season, and delivered her fastest time of the season, but even with that the sophomore finished two seconds behind the leader, in sixth position. The result is a solid one for Harper, whose future is bright after a 55.35 on Saturday night. For Granite Bay long jumper Justin Sutter, the sixth place finish was less anticipated. The senior entered the finals in possession of the longest leap in the state so far this season at 24 feet, 4 inches, but watched as two athletes went far beyond that as they surpassed 25 feet. Sutter fouled on his first two jumps, and his 23-01.75 on jump No. 3 turned out to be his best of the night, and that was good only for the No. 6 spot on the final standings. The Sac-Joaquin Section champion now looks ahead to a strong college career at the University of Arizona. Woodcreek senior Kayla Kamaka hit the number of the night with her sixth place result in the girls pole vault. Kamaka cleared 11 feet, 10 inches sooner than Granite Bay sophomore Katie Zingheim, as both maxed out there, with Zingheim taking the No. 7 spot. Del Oro sophomore reached just 11-04 and finished 10th in the girls pole vault final. Brooke Holt had a huge uphill battle in the 3,200-meter final, where the runner whose best times ahve been in the 11-minute range was up against a number of runners who typically run somewhere south of 10:30. The Granite Bay sophomore delivered a solid performance in the state final, with a 10:48.93 that gave her a 17th place result. Woodcreek junior Courtney Crosta was also in the event final, but she struggled to a 30th place finish. Check back later for a full story on the state meet. -kurtj@goldcountrymedia.com