Once a bastion of sprinters, the Sacramento area has become a pole vault hotbed in recent years.
The area's success continued tonight at the CIF State Track and Field championships in Clovis.
Davis' Ian Rock won the boys pole vault with a personal best 16 feet, 2 inches, the top area performance by any athlete, male or female.
Although disappointed because she came in as the state leader, Granite Bay's Katie Zingheim had the best effort among area girls that reached the finals. She finished third at 12-4.
Rock became the section's 13th state boys pole vault champion and first since current Washington star Scott Roth of Granite Bay won the last of three consecutive state titles in 2006 (at 16-11).
Rock, who also placed sixth in the boys long jump (22-01.75), finished in front of Oak Park's Connor Stark (15-10) and El Toro's Adam Bragg (15-6).
Zingheim was trying to join Cordova's Brysun Stately (13-4, 2005) as the section's second state girls pole vault champion.
Although she had a best of 13-4 that ranked her fourth nationally, Zingheim had to settle for a vault that was a foot less.
Anginae Monteverde of Clovis West won in 13-6. Victoria Rische of Southern Section Foothill was second at 12-4.
Several other area athletes placed among the medal-winning top six tonight.
Elk Grove's Nick Martinez in the boys 300 hurdles (38.00) and Davis' Trevor Halsted in the boys 3200 (8:51.96) finished third; Jesuit's Stephen Boals took fifth in the boys shot put (57-10) and sixth in the boys discus (169-07); Rosemont's Nia Dorner took fifth in the girls 400 (55.54); and Kennedy's Breonntae Snelling in the 100 (10.81) and Kevin Nielsen in the boys high jump (6-5) placed sixth, respectively.
Bella Vista's Angie Charles in the girls pole vault (11-6), Dorner in the girls 200 (24.56) and Grant's Shaq Thompson in the boys 200 (22.07) all placed seventh. The Del Oro 4x400 boys relay team also finished seventh (3:18.44).
Snelling was eighth in the boys 200 (22.11) and Cordova's Victoria Odufuwa ninth in the girls shot put (39-06.25).
Del Campo's Jordan Rushing in the boys 1600 (4:12.24) and El Camino's Chris Kigar in the boys 3200 (8:59.22) had 10th-place finishes; Davis' Brian De La Mora was 16th in the boys 3200 (9:02.92); and Davis freshman Sophie Meads was 21st (10.58.02) and Granite Bay's Brooke Holt 25th (11.08.81) in the girls 3200.
Foothill's Lawre'll Dobbins no-heighted in the girls high jump.
Among the out-of-area highlights:
Harvard-Westlake junior Amy Weissenbach set state and national records in winning the girls 800 in 2.02.04. That beat the national mark of 2.02.90 set by Chanelle Price of Eastern Area, Pa., in 2008 and the state record of 2:04.91 set by Trena Hull of Compton in 1984.
Trabuco Hills' Jantzen Oshier barely fell short of the boys 1600 state record of 4.00.29 when he won in a time of 4.00.83.
Clovis' Jenna Prandini, a crowd favorite, didn't disappoint, winning the girls 100 (11.69), 200 (23.81) and long jump (19-11.75) titles. She scored all 30 points as Clovis placed second to Long Beach Poly (72).
Covina's Remontay McClain repeated as state champion in the boys 100 (10.39) and 200 (20.95).
Simi Valley freshmen Sarah Baxter won the girls 3200 in 10:13.00.
Long Beach Poly (35) also won the boys title, beating Loyola by three points.
Here are the winners, plus how area runners performed.
4x100 - 1. Long Beach Poly, 45.70.
1600 - 1. Cami Chapus, Harvard-Westlake, 4:40.88.
100 hurdles - 1. Trinity Wilson, St. Mary's-Berkeley, 13.41.
400 - 1. Akawkaw Ndipagbor, Long Beach Poly, 53.38; 5. Nia Dorner, Rosemont, 55.54.
100 - 1. Jenna Prandini, Clovis, 11.69.
800 - 1. Amy Weissenbach, Harvard-Westlake, 2:02.04.*
300 hurdles - 1. Melia Cox, Long Beach Poly, 41.80.
200 - 1. Jenna Prandini, Clovis, 23.81; 7. Nia Dorner, Rosemont, 24.56.
3200 - 1. Sarah Baxter, Simi Valley, 10:13.00; 21. Sophie Meads, Davis, 10:58.02; 25. Brooke Holt, Granite Bay, 11:08.81.
4x400 Relay - 1. Serra, 3:43.21.
Triple jump - 1. Ciarra Brewer, James Logan, 41-11.
Discus - 1. Alex Morgan, Ventura, 153-08.
Long jump - 1. Jenna Prandini, Clovis, 19-11.75.
High jump - 1. Rachel McCoy, Miller, 5-8; Lawre'll Dobbins, Foothill, NH.
Pole vault - 1. Anginae Monteverde, Clovis West, 13-6; 3. Katie Zingheim, Granite Bay, 12-4; 7. Angie Charles, Bella Vista, 11-6.
Shot put - 1. Breana Jemison, Carlsbad, 43-01.25; 9. Victoria Odufuwa, Cordova, 39-06.25.
*New national and state record
4x100 - 1. Oaks Christian, 41.19.
1600 - 1. Jantzen Oshier, Trabuco Hills, 4.00.83; 10. Jordan Rushing, Del Campo, 4:12.64.
110 hurdles - 1. Johnathon Cabral, Agoura, 13.79.
400 - 1. Shaquille Howard, Long Beach Poly, 47.49.
100 - 1. Remontay McClain, Corvina, 10.39; 6. Breonntae Snelling, Kennedy, 10.81.
800 - 1. Immanuel Hutchinson, San Jacinto, 1:49.63.
300 hurdles - 1. Johnathon Cabral, Agoura, 36.20; 3. Nick Martinez, Elk Grove, 38.00.
200 - 1. Remontay McClain, Corvina, 20.95; 7. Shaq Thompson, Grant, 22.07; 8. Breonntae Snelling, Kennedy, 22.11.
3200 - 1. Elias Gedyon, Loyola, 8:50.03; 3. Trevor Halsted, Davis, 8:51.96; 10. Chris Kigar, El Camino, 8:59.22; 16. Brian De La Mora, Davis, 9:02.92.
Discus - 1. Ethan Cochran, Newport Harbor, 185-09. 6. Stephen Boals, Jesuit, 169-07.
Long jump - 1. Jovonte Slater, Vista Murrieta, 24-10.50; 6. Ian Rock, Davis, 22-01.75.
Pole vault - 1. Ian Rock, Davis, 16-2.
High jump - 1. Crampton Cody, Canyon-Anaheim, 6-11; 6. Kevin Nielsen, Granite Bay, 6-5.
Shot put - 1. Nicholas Scarvelis, Dos Pueblo, 64-00; 5. Stephen Boals, Jesuit, 57-10.
Triple jump - 1. Marques Roberts, Otay Ranch, 49-06.50.
4x400 Relay - 1. Long Beach Poly, 3:12.44; 7. Del Oro, 3:18.44.
- Bill Paterson