Placer High School’s Meghan Tucker has made some big leaps this year, including an official lifetime best of 19 feet, 8 inches to win the girls long jump in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field meet on Thursday at Elk Grove High School.
But the senior’s biggest leap likely will take place next weekend at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Clovis.
Tucker not only will be looking to win a state title, she hopes to attend her graduation in Auburn the same day as the finals if she qualifies in Friday’s trials.
The long jump trials will start at 3 p.m. Once she is done, Tucker plans to drive the 212 miles back home. Graduation is the next morning.
“If I qualify for the finals, I’ll go to my graduation, then we’ll drive back down,” Tucker said.
In one of six Masters finals events on a day of mostly qualifying competition for today’s finals at Elk Grove, the UCLA-bound Tucker unleashed her best jump on her fourth attempt.
It was the fifth-best mark in the state this season, according to PrepCalTrack, and second-best in Northern California to River Valley rival Mackenzie Arnold’s 19-11.
“I’m really happy with my jump,” Tucker said. “Just to get into the mid- to high-19s is a big accomplishment for me.”
It was not her best jump of the year, however. She did a 20-1 on April 9 at a Pioneer Valley League dual meet at Center High School. The mark, the third best in the state, was witnessed by Bee correspondent Trevor Horn but isn’t officially recognized by PrepCalTrack.
“Probably because there wasn’t a wind indicator,” Tucker said. “And I think something happened with the computer system.”
Arnold, the defending Masters champion in the event, took only two jumps and finished seventh at 17-41/2. She has been bothered by a sore knee.
Moving on to the state finals with Tucker will be Franklin’s Jorden O’Neal, who placed second at 19-1/2, and Cosumnes Oaks’ Mishaye Venerable, third at 18-6.
• The Woodcreek boys 4x100-meter relay team, with the fastest time in the state of 40.93 seconds, had the top trials qualifying time of 41.51. Granite Bay had the second-fastest time of 41.97.
• Sheldon’s Cameron Stone, who ran a state-best 46.99 to win the boys 400 at the D-I section finals, ran a top trials qualifying time of 48.00. Woodcreek’s Aspyn Walton, with a state No. 2 47.20, qualified with a 48.62.
• Del Oro’s Melissa Maneatis won the girls pole vault final in 12-5, one inch off her state No. 4 best. Bella Vista’s Amanda Nichols took second (11-4), and Granite Bay’s Gillette Field was third (11-1).
• Davis’ Kyle Clancy won the boys long jump final at 22-101/2, and Center’s Isaiah Caldwell placed second (22-71/2).
• Davis’ Nate Harper (14-11) and Bella Vista’s Gwin Phillip (14-8) qualified for state by placing second and third, respectively, in the boys pole vault final.
• St. Francis’ Kayla O’Brine (135-0) and Cordova’s Monique Newton (132-8) placed second and third, respectively, in the girls discus final.
• Folsom’s Jonah Williams finished second (59-83/4) and Jesuit’s Michael Titherington third (56-10) in the boys shot put final.
• Vacaville’s Pattriana Perry broke Masters and section records in the girls 100 hurdles, qualifying in 13.61. Fairfield’s Daje Pugh held the previous mark of 13.69 in 2012.
• Elk Grove’s Jazmine Smith had the top qualifying times in the girls 200 (25.07) and 400 (55.98).
• Folsom’s Austin Carter had the top qualifying times in the 300 (37.92) and 110 boys hurdles (14.47).