County track athletics

 If the Central Coast Section track finals were today, a handful of athletes in the county would likely  punch their ticket to the state meet.
 Fortunately, the CCS championships are roughly seven weeks away, which means a few athletes on the bubble have time to make a move.
 Peaking period is still a month off for those with state aspirations. And while your ranking gives the athlete an indication, all that really matters is what you do at the section finals.
 Climbing to the top in the section in the girls pole vault is sophomore Laurel Wong, who broke the Santa Catalina and Monterey County record in the event last Saturday, clearing 13-feet-2 at Arcadia.
 The clearance has Wong tied for second in the state and No. 8 in the nation. Last spring Wong had a best of 11-9, reaching the state meet.
 Two athletes that have put their names among the elite in the first half of the season include Palma's Drew Dalman and Soledad Daniel Contawe.
 Dalman, who is headed to Stanford on a football scholarship, is ranked second in the section in the discus at 156-11, as is Contawe in the shot put at 50-9.
 Triple jumper Isaiah Guerra of North Salinas is ranked third at 44-2 1/2.
 The top three in each event at the CCS finals advance to the state championships, as well as anyone who meets an automatic state qualifying mark at the section finals.
 Names to keep your eye on include Palma's Isaiah Blanco, who is ranked fourth in the 400 at 50.23, King City distance ace Roman Munoz, who is looking to return to the state meet in the 1,600 (4:22.73), and Alisal Carlos Mendoza in the shot (49-11).
 Brandon Partido has soared 13-9 in the pole vault to climb to No. 5 in the section while Palma's Jack Fling is three inches behind at 13-6.
 It is the hope that two-time state meet qualifier Mikayla Revera will back for the league finals after slightly tearing her hamstring for Santa Catalina.
 Revera, who has reached the state 400 championships two straight years, is currently ranked No. 1 in the section in the 100 (12.15) and 200 (24.88).
 Salinas' Brooke Oleson is ranked No. 3 in the 400 at 58.13, as is Tyshell Johnson of Alvarez in the shot (36-11 3/4). Kate Riordan of Notre Dame is ranked fourth in the 300 low hurdles (46.67).

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