Scarvelis wins CIF Division 2 shot put title

She wasn’t having her best day of throwing, but Dos Pueblos sophomore Stamatia Scarvelis kept her composure and uncorked a mark of 45-3 to win the Division 2 shot put title at the CIF Divisional Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.

Scarvelis’ mark was the third best of all divisions and it earned her a spot in next weekend’s CIF Masters state qualifying meet. She will be joined there by DP teammates Addi Zerrenner and Bryan Fernandez, who both qualified in the 3200.

Zerrenner ran 10:41.98 to finish sixth in the girls race, which was won by Simi Valley sophomore sensation Sarah Baxter in 10:27.90.

Fernandez placed third in the boys race in 9:14.55. Omar Caro of Norte Vista won in 9:05.35.

Scarvelis started her day by finishing ninth in the girls discus. She fouled on two throws and finished with a mark of 115-2. In the shot put, her series of 41-9.5, 43-10.75 and 44-7 all were better throws than anyone else in the division, but they weren’t close to her state-best of 49-5.5, which she threw the previous week at the prelims. Her division-winning mark of 45-3 was behind Division 1 winner Tanya Sapa (45-9) of La Sierra and Division 3 champion Nia Britt of Alemany (45-4).

In other local highlights, Bishop Diego’s Nicole Poindexter jumped a personal best of 17-10 to finish fourth in the Division 4 long jump final.

Kelsey Drain of Carpinteria placed fourth in the Division 4 pole vault at 9 feet.

Carpinteria’s David Cornejo finished sixth in the Division 4 300 hurdles in 39.37 and he ran on the Warriors’ 4×400 relay team that finished seventh in 3:30.61. Other members of the team are Matt Kliewer, Jesus Zapata and Kyle Millhollin.

The San Marcos girls 4x-400 team of Jillian Fisher, Annie Thwing, Ashley Carney and Kaylin Koopmans took seventh in the Division 3 final in 4:01.21.