The name of the meet is the Western State Conference prelims, but there will be nothing preliminary about Jacob Bookout’s competition today at Memorial Stadium.
Bookout, a Bakersfield College sophomore, has the state lead in the high jump at 6 feet, 10.75 inches, and because there is no preliminaries in the WSC for most field events, today’s action will be for the league championship and qualification into the Southern California regionals next month.
And, oh by the way: Bookout is a little more than an inch away from BC’s school record of 7 feet.
Two other field events with their league final today are the shot put and discus. Mason Grantz, a freshman from Centennial, is the favorite in both; he’s ranked sixth in the state in the shot with a best throw of 47-9.75 and carries a No. 10 state ranking in the discus at 143-5.
For most track events, today’s action is simply a qualifier for the WSC finals next Saturday at Moorpark College. Several BC athletes are in good shape to continue standout seasons.
Cesar Patino, a sophomore from Wasco, is No. 3 in the state in the 5,000 meters with a best time of 14:54.18. That event actually doesn’t have a prelim, but Patino will run the 800 (No. 13 at 1:56.95) and the 1,500 (No. 8 at 3:59.29).
Bookout also is a contender in the long jump; he’s top 20 in the state with a best mark of 21-8.75.
On the women’s side, freshman Jasmine Green is No. 11 in the 100-meter dash at 12.38. She’s also among the favorites in the 200 (26.08).
Alyssa Morales, another freshman, will be a contender in the 5,000 (18:55.33), though her best event is the 10,000, which has its final next week.
Asia Counts, a sophomore, is ranked in the state’s top 20 in both the long jump (17-2) and triple jump (34-0.25). Another Renegade, sophomore Veronica Slade, has an identical 34-0.25 mark in the triple jump.
Celia Hickman, who ranks 10th with a javelin throw of 115-1 and also 16th in the heptathlon, won’t see action until next week’s finals.
Finish line in sight for baseball, softball
There are just two games left in the BC softball season, a doubleheader Tuesday at home against Cuesta College.
The Renegades are just 17-21 overall but have a strong 13-9 league mark. Two weeks ago, however, those records looked a lot better, but BC has lost six straight games, including five league contests to fall out of the WSC-North title chase. The latest loss was an especially difficult one, 6-5 in nine innings at second-place Ventura on Tuesday.
BC baseball has followed a similar script. After a slow start, the Gades had a solid start to league play but have lost seven of their past eight after an 8-0 defeat at L.A. Mission on Thursday.
The Renegades (14-22, 9-8 WSC) have three more games: Saturday at L.A. Valley, Tuesday in the home finale against West L.A. and next Friday at L.A. Pierce.