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CLOVIS — Colin Peattie didn’t know what to expect on Saturday.
The Bellarmine sophomore stepped onto a track filled with accomplished runners, all bidding to become a state champion.
Matt Strangio of Jesuit-Carmichael was too good, winning in 4:08.07. But no one else was faster Saturday than Peattie, a mop-topped blonde who vowed after winning a Central Coast Section championship last week to never cut his hair.
Peattie made a big kick on the home stretch at Veterans Memorial Stadium to finish second in a personal-best 4:09.99.
“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I didn’t really know what I could do today. Just going out there and seeing if I could hang with all the fast guys. I am really at a loss for words right now. I don’t know if I had a lot left. But I timed it pretty well and kicked at the right time. Wow.
“I wasn’t really thinking about time. I knew I would be around 4:10. Yesterday I ran 4:10 in the prelims. I thought I could maybe break 4:10. I was just trying to place, not time.”
Peattie came back a few hours later to place eighth in the 3,200 in a personal-best 9:09.17. To put that time in perspective, he ran 9:27.42 to finish first at the CCS finals.
Amador Valley sprinter’s day
Chinyere Okoro of Amador Valley had a great prelim Friday night. She had the top qualifying time in the 100 and 200. But in the finals Saturday, there would be no gold medal.
Okoro finished second in the 100, finishing in 11.60 to the 11.55 posted by winner De’anna Nowling of Calabasas.
In the 200, Okoro finished third in 23.86. Shelby Daniele of Buchanan won in 23.73.
“I felt very good,” she said, noting that she ran personal-best times Friday. “I wanted to run all out for prelims and for finals and see where I was at, how my body would take it.”
Okoro was pleasantly surprised by her performance in the prelims.
“But I knew some people were probably laying it off a little bit for the prelims,” she said. “So I just tried to focus on myself and do everything I could for the finals.”
Clayton Valley medalist
Cameron Reynolds reached the medal stand in both of his individual events, taking second in the 200 (20.99 seconds) and fourth in the 400 (47.31).
The Clayton Valley Charter standout wanted more.
“Devastating,” he said. “Just a little. But I have next year to come back stronger, and I don’t ever want to feel this again. I am going to come back stronger and faster — and that’s that. I am proud of everybody, though.”
Clayton Valley too seventh in the 4×400 in 3:22.92 and 4×100 in 42.45.
Scott Toney of St. Francis finished third in the pole vault, clearing 16-1. Lodi’s Samuel Wright took first in 16-5.
Carly Watts of Terra Nova also took home a third-place medal, with a mark of 45-4 in the shot put.
Fowler’s Jocelynn Budwig won the event in 49-2 3/4. Budwig also won the discus in 171-10.
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