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State track meet begins today in Clovis

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Beginning with Granite Bay High’s Justin Sutter in the boys long jump, local athletes begin the pursuit of state track and field titles Friday at 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis. Grizzly discus thrower James Kinloch also begins his trials round at 3 p.m., while the pole-vaulters – Jordon Alviso on the boys side and Katie Zingheim on the girls, along with Woodcreek’s Kayla Kamaka – open their effort at 5 p.m. Athletes who finish in the top nine at Friday’s trials earn the right to come back Saturday for the state finals. The events on the track get underway at 5 p.m. Friday night, with Oakmont’s Jazmin Harper competing in the girls 400-meter dash, Woodcreek’s relay team in the girls 4x400 and Granite Bay’s Christine Zavesky in the girls 1,600-meter run. Those 11 athletes are all gunning for a top performance that would bring them back on Saturday for the event finals, which get underway at 3 p.m. on the field and at 6 p.m. on the track. Granite Bay’s Brooke Holt and Woodcreek’s Courtney Crosta must both wait until Saturday to make their state meet entrance, as the duo will run in the girls 3,200-meter final. There is no Friday-night qualifier for the two-mile. Check rosevillept.com and granitebaypt.com over the weekend to track the results of all 13 local athletes as they represent the area at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Clovis.