It was a record-setting day for Nico Young and Alonzo Francisco at the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 Track and Field Prelims on Saturday at Trabuco Hills.
Young not only broke the Newbury Park High program record for the boys 3,200, slicing more than 14 seconds off of his personal best, his time of 9:05.17 placed him among the county's all-time fastest.
Francisco bettered the Camarillo boys triple jump record with a mark of 46 feet, 10.25 inches, to move within two inches of the county's top 10 all-time performers for the event.
They were among dozens of area athletes in four divisions who qualified for this Saturday's section divisional finals at El Camino College.
Other local Division 1 qualifiers were: Chase Wells, Oxnard, boys 200 and 400; Jillian Kolarik, Newbury Park, girls high jump; Kimora Pooler, Pacifica, girls shot put; Arissa Thompson, Oxnard, girls 200; Archana Mohandas, Newbury Park, girls 3,200; and Gino Cruz, Newbury Park, boys discus.
Led by double qualifiers Carlos Aviles and Derek Pekar, Ventura figures to have an impact on the Division 2 boys standings.
Aviles, a favorite in the shot put and discus for the state meet, advanced in both events.
Pekar qualified in the long jump and pole vault.
The Cougars also advanced Cody Beeson in the 3,200.
Qualifying in boys individual track events were: Brett Beattie, Buena, 1,600; Jamar Sims-Drummonds, Channel Islands, 110 hurdles; Nathan Brooks, Westlake, and Donte Martin, Rio Mesa, 100; Mitchell Burr, Thousand Oaks, 800; Keith Murray, Moorpark, 3,200; and Naigle Chapman, Moorpark, 200.
Division 2 boys field event qualifiers included: Reuben Jacob, Hueneme, shot put, and Jonathan James, Simi Valley, pole vault.
One year after winning the Division 3 section girls team title, Calabasas figures to be a contender for the Division 2 title.
The Coyotes will field a strong team, led by Kyla Robinson-Hubbard, who qualified in the 300 hurdles and 400.
Other Calabasas qualifiers include: DeAnna Nowling, 100 and 200; Kennedy Waite, 100; Janiah Brown, 800; and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Local individual qualifiers include: Hailey Golmon, Simi Valley, 800; Sofia Ramos, Ventura, 1,600; Ashley Kersey, Agoura, 100 hurdles; Victoria Plummer and Quynh Gedney, Moorpark, high jump; Westlake's Paige Sommers and Thousand Oaks' Seanne Chan, pole vault; Vanessa Howard of Ventura and Elise Craft of Thousand Oaks, 300 hurdles; and Rebecca Schultz, Westlake, and Jill Walker, Simi Valley, 3,200.
Talia Belgin of Ventura advanced in the discus.
In the Division 3 Prelims at Estancia, Sylvia Cruz-Albrecht and Sarah Shulze of Oak Park qualified in two events.
Cruz-Albrecht had the fastest qualifying time in the girls 1,600 (5:02.07) and advanced in the 3,200 (11:05.11).
Shulze was the top qualifier in the 3,200 after finishing in 10:49.98 and made the 1,600 finals with a 5:06.73).
Oak Park's Preston Green qualified in the boys 800 (1:57.84).
Projected as the heavy favorite to win the Division 4 title, the Oaks Christian boys team had a strong afternoon at Carpinteria.
Oaks Christian posted the fastest time in the 4x100 relay (43.20) and had two qualifiers in five events.
The Lions are loaded with double qualifiers in the shot put (Dallas Holliday and Luciano Barretto), 400 (Zach Charbonnet and Chasen Geisler), long jump (Ezekiel Bishop and Talin Lewis), high jump (Chris Thompson and Bishop), and 300 hurdles (Lewis and Semaj Freeman).
Jermel Jones of Grace Brethren was the top qualifier in the boys long jump with a best of 22-7.50.
Among the boys 1,600 finalists included Thacher's Colin Kirkpatrick (4:20.84) and Ford Shaper (4:19.96) and Foothill Tech's Chris Kuchta (4:26.92).
Kuchta and teammate Henry Pick qualified in the 3,200 along with Fabian Del Villar of Fillmore.
Pursuing a fifth consecutive Division 4 girls team title, Oaks Christian had its share of qualifiers.
Oaks Christian qualified its 4x100 and 4x400 relays, Jahzara Richardson advanced in the 100 and 200, Hanna Wilson made the field for the 800, Brooklyn Courtnall (57.18) and Raeshell Austin (59.16) qualified in the 400, and Tasha Bierling qualified in the 300 hurdles.
Also qualifying in the 400 was La Reina's Jenna Krostag (59.33). Teammate Charlotte Allison advanced in the high jump.
Three local runners qualified in the girls 1,600: Foothill Tech's Olivia Burton (5:08.91) and Hana Vrablik (5:13.67) plus Fillmore's Carissa Rodriguez (5:08.28).
Lauren Kearney (11:25.64) and Blythe Blakeman (11:36.58) of Foothill Tech qualified in the 3,200.
Thacher's Caroline Delvecchio qualified in the 100 hurdles (15.08) and 300 hurdles.
Grace Chen of Grace Brethren and Carly Leandro of Foothill Tech qualified in the girls pole vault.