Half Moon Bay High School’s Claire Yerby ran the best 1,600-meter race of her life on Friday to finish third in the Central Coast Section meet. She moves on to the California Interscholastic Federation state meet this weekend in Fresno.
Yerby, a junior, beat her best time by two seconds, finishing in 5:05.10. Coach Paul Farnsworth said he wouldn’t be surprised if she beat the school record of 5:02.16 before she is done.
Fellow Cougar junior Kendall Mansukhani also competed in the CCS finals. She became tangled with other runners in the 800-meter race, fell and was spiked by another competitor. She was passing into fourth place when it happened.
“As disappointing as that is, Kendall had another great season,” coach Paul Farnsworth said in an email. “She is the (Peninsula Athletic League) champion for the third straight year, and will be coming back as a senior eyeing a top spot in CCS to go to the state meet.”
Seniors Danny Corona, Nick Moore and James McEachen all competed in the trials last week — Corona in the discus, and Moore and McEachen in the 3,200-meter run. In addition, junior Josh Warner Carey ran in the 800-meter run and Raven Fortin, also a junior, competed in the 300 hurdles.
The state track meet is Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School in Clovis.