Four qualifying track and field area meets for the Central Section Masters Championships will be held Wednesday.
They are: North (Clovis East), Central (Golden West), South (Liberty-Bakersfield) and Sierra-Sequoia Championships (Exeter).
The three top finishers from each event in each area plus six at-large entries culled overall from each event in all the areas will advance to the Masters on May 18 at Buchanan’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. And it will also be there that the CIF State Championships will return May 31 and June 1.
Key points and notes:
** Generally, this isn’t a day for section-leading marks; rather, just good enough to advance to the Masters.
** Consequently, there’s no reason for athletes — particularly the section’s elite athletes — to risk false starts or, in the case of relays, dropping the baton in exchanges or passing out of lanes. This will especially apply to Edison’s girls in the 400 and 1,600 relays, where the Tigers are top-ranked in the section and No. 7 and 3 in the state at 47.13 and 3:47.95. Edison’s boys are also No. 1 in the section and No. 6 in the state in the 400 relay at 41.55.
** Will be interesting if Buchanan’s Hagen Reedy doubles in the 1,600 and 3,200. She’s the section’s defending champion in both, but, last week, returned in the Tri-River Athletic Conference finals after a two-month absence because of a leg injury. She won the 3,200 last week, but didn’t run the 1,600. I wouldn’t think she’d beat Clovis freshman Mikayla Sodersten in the 3,200 Wednesday, not that it matters. Again, it’s just about qualifying for the Masters.
** Hoover’s Jordan Neal-Davis is the most intriguing participant in the North Area meet. He allegedly clocked a hand-timed 10.4 100 in last week’s North Yosemite League finals. That converts roughly to a 10.65 automatic-timed 100, which would still lead the section. He entered the NYL meet with a best of 11.19, which is miles from a 10.65. So, many eyes on him Wednesday in a meet that will begin at 3:30 p.m.