May 24, 2012
Foothill's Dobbins wins third girls masters high jump title

Foothill's Lawre'll Dobbins beat Rocklin's Leah Carter in jumps to win her third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field girls high jump championship tonight at Elk Grove High School.

Both competitors cleared five feet, five inches.

It was one of six field-event finals held during an afternoon and evening of mostly trials.

In other finals highlights:

• Jesuit junior Austin White won the boys shot put with a toss of 55-6. Also advancing to next weekend's CIF state finals are second place Bobby Heenan of Rio Americano (53-4) and third place Kenny Coleman of Woodland (53-2).

• Cordova sophomore Monique Newton placed first in the girls discus with a heave of 131-1. St. Francis' Kayla O'Brine placed third (125-4).

• Bear River's Kendal Nielsen, ranked No. 7 in California and No. 14 nationally in the girls triple jump, came close to equalling her season best of 39-5 when she jumped 39-4.50 to place second. Respected rival, Tokay's Jannell Hadnot, turned in a PR of 39-8.24 to win.

• Cosumnes Oaks' Londeen Mccovery leaped 6-7 to finish second to Oakdale's Manuel Hernandez in the boys high jump. Hernandez cleared 6-9. Granite Bay freshman Brian Graber took third at 6-3, beating several others on jumps for the final state qualifying spot.

• Rio Americano's Basil Okoroike barely missed equalling his personal best of 47-5 in finishing second in the boys triple jump at 47-4.50. Merrill West of Tracy's Deon Pinder jumped 47-11.25 to win. Galt's Jonathan Perez took third (46-08.50) and Folsom's Douglas Vernon-Scott, who finished fourth (46-6.50), qualified for state as an at-large entry.

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