CCS boys track

Central Coast Section Track and Field Finals
Friday at Gilroy High, 3 p.m.
 Having been forced to sit for five weeks earlier this year because of tendinitis in the back of both knees may have cost King City distance ace Roman Munoz some stamina.
 At the same time, he’s never felt this good this late in the spring.
 The senior has logged a lot of miles over the last three years, with his seasons being extended in both cross country and track.
"It might have been a blessing in disguise,'' Munoz said. "It gave my body time to recover. I've felt pretty good the last couple of weeks.''
 Munoz will take aim at a return trip to the state meet in the 1,600 in Friday's Central Coast Section track and field finals at Gilroy.
 Having finished third in last year's section finals, Munoz goes into the meet seeded third after he ran 4:19.02 at last week's trials.
 Munoz has a best of 4:18.28.
 Gabilan Division 400 champion Isaiah Blanco dipped under 50 seconds last week for the first time. As a result, the Palma senior will go into the finals seeded No. 2 at 49.53.
 Blanco is also part of the Chieftains 400 relay team that includes Emilio Martinez, Kevin Telford and Vianni Fratangelo. The quartet clocked 42.89 last week, moving them into fourth.
"We’re going to make a slight switch in the 400 relay,’’ Palma coach Jason Smith said.
Fratangelo, who has run the leadoff leg, will move to the second leg, with Blanco leading off.
"There’s no other meet if you don’t end up in the top three,’’ Smith said. "I think Vianni is a little stronger on the straight. They all want to do what they can to maximize their potential. I thing they’re capable of running three-tenths of a second faster.’'
 The top three in each event advance to the state championships.
 Salinas' Jonathan Chagnon will go into the 300 intermediate hurdles finals seeded No. 3 at 39.43. Five hurdlers have run under 40 seconds this spring.
 Daniel Contawe is still looking for that big throw. The Soledad senior and reigning two-time MTAL shot put champion uncorked it 50-10 at last week's trials to climb to fifth.
 Palma's Rene DiTullo is among a handful of high jumpers that have cleared 6-3 while teammate Jack Fling has put himself into contention with a best of 14-feet in the pole vault.
 North Salinas' Isaiah Guerra will need a big personal best to vault himself in state contention in the triple jump (44-3) while Monterey freshman Azjan McGill has leaped 21-2 1/4 in the long jump



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