West High senior grabs gold at SJS Masters meet
by Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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Kimball High junior Chloe Jenkins competes in the 100-meter hurdles on Thursday, May 24, at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet at Elk Grove High School.  Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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West High senior Deon Pinder secured his place at the state track and field championship meet next weekend with another winning mark in the triple jump on Thursday, May 24,

He secured the gold on the opening day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet at Elk Grove High School with a leap of 47 feet, 11 ¼ inches on his last jump of the day. Regardless of his final placing, Pinder still qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation championships on June 1 and 2 at Buchanan High in Clovis, because his mark was better than the mandatory minimum of 46-6.

“It was just more of a personal thing. I wanted to jump as far as I could, and I’m really glad with how today went,” he said. “I’m just glad that I can consistently jump over 47, and hopefully I can go big at state.”

Pinder also placed 20th in the long jump (20-3¼).

For 12 other local athletes, the Masters meet was the end of the season. West junior Eddie Kaye said he was happy with how he finished.

Kaye was the only local runner who finished his races on Thursday -- the 400 meters (49.55) and 200 meters (22.69) -- well enough to make the top-eight that that competed in the championship heats on Friday, May 25.

He was especially pleased with his finish Friday in the 400, where he placed fourth (48.98) and was one place shy of the top-three that move on to CIF meet on June 1 and 2 at Buchanan High in Clovis. His time of is about three-tenths of a second shy of the at-large qualifying time. He also placed eighth in the 200 meter dash on Friday (22.93).

“I’m pretty happy with the season, because last year I was running 53 (in the 400), and to run a 48 shows I can cut my time down,” he said. “I left it all on the track and can look forward to next season.”

Kimball High junior Chloe Jenkins could already count two gold medals in her events at the Division IV-V on May 15 and 17 as a measure of success. Participation at the section meet, where she was 13th in both the 100 hurdles (16.28) and 300 hurdles (46.94), gave her a good look at the next level and something to aim for next year.

“The competition is a lot better, which I like. It’s nice to be challenged and pushed,” she said.

Also competing on Thursday was Tracy High junior Taylor Juarez, who placed ninth in the high jump (5-1). Juarez was over the bar on her third attempt at 5-3 but nudged it with her foot on the way down. While it was disappointing – she was aiming to jump at least 5-4, which she had reached repeatedly during the season – she also appreciated being among the section’s top competitors.

“All these girls here deserve to go on because they working just as hard as I am. Today I just couldn’t get that,” she said. “I’m grateful that I got to represent my school and that I got to be here today.”

Other athletes to compete for Kimball on Thursday included junior Jaleyah Douglass, ninth in the discus (113-09), senior Cara McClain, 20th in the discus (90-08), and junior Derek Van de Streek, 12th in the triple jump (43-11). Also competing for West on Thursday were junior Ernest Turner, 16th in the triple jump (43-0), and senior Nina Pritchett, who did not place in the discus after she fouled out.

Other athletes to compete on Friday included West seniors Elisha Mitchell, who placed 10th in the long jump (21-6). Tracy High athletes included senior Justin Woo, who placed ninth in the boys pole vault (13-6). Sophomore Nathan Arena competed in the boys pole vault but did not clear the opening height of 13 feet, and junior Kaitlin Mizuno competed in the girls pole vault but did not clear the opening height of 9-8. Kimball High sophomore Francesca Loayza placed 18th in the 3200, and Kimball’s Douglass was scheduled to compete in the girls shot put but was not at Friday’s event.

CIF Sac-Joaquin Track and Field

Masters - Trials and Finals

Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25

Elk Grove High School

Varsity girls

100m hurdles: 13 Chloe Jenkins (K) 16.28

300m hurdles: 13 Chloe Jenkins (K) 46.94

Discus: 9 Jaleyah Douglass (K) 113-09, 20 Cara McClain (K) 90-08, Nina Pritchett (W) foul

High jump: 9 Taylor Juarez (T) 5-01.00

Pole vault - Kaitlin Mizuno (T) NH

3200m - 18 Francesca Loayza (K) 11:35.87

Varsity boys

400m - 4 Eddie Kaye (W) 48.98

200m - 8 Eddie Kaye (W) 22.93

Triple jump: 1 Deon Pinder (W) 47-11.25, 12 Derek Van de Streek (K) 43-11.00, 16 Ernest Turner (W) 43-00.00

Pole vault - 9 Justin Woo (T) 13-06.00

Long jump - 10 Elisha Mitchell (W) 21-06.00, 20 Deon Pinder (W) 20-03.25

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May 31, 2012
I just want everyone to know just how extremely proud I am of my ALL STAR Taylor Juarez you never quit, you kept on pushing, you set your goals and took each day for what it was worth! Most of all I am so proud of you for just being you going out there with a smile even after a not so good day and being willing to get right back out there the next day no matter what! You are an inspiration to me each and every day, and you are not only an amazing team player but superb athlete who can do anything you put your heart and mind into. THE SKY"S THE LIMIT TAY BAY and I'll be right there every step of the way to cheer you on, catch you if you fall, support you, love you but mostly enjoy you and everything you are and all that you make me want to be. Thank you!!!!
May 31, 2012
I couldn't leave this site without also mentioning the other half of my wonderful twin daughters, Toni Juarez you to amaze me each and every day. You know what you want and you go after it with every ounce of your heart and soul. You're an amazing athlete who I truly believe there isn't a single sport you couldn't conquer if you wanted to. Your an amazing teammate, athlete, sister, daughter, but most of all you are my pride and joy! There are no words to truly express how I feel about you girls but I just wanted you to know how proud I am to be able to call myself your mom, no matter how bad life gets I know I always have my shining stars to guide me through the dark and make everything so much better! Thank you for who you've become because of that I have become a better person, friend, mother and for that I could never repay you!! Love you Congrats on making it to track championships! Next year they better watch out T-N-T are going to EXPLODE!!!!!
May 30, 2012
Deon you ROCK! Your commitment and drive is so inspiring! Good luck at State and we are looking forward to following your college jumps at OKLAHOMA! Congrats!

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