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Having set some personal and state records, team members on Edison track and field feel confident about their next meet.

May 29, 2008|By Mike Sciacca

Ryan Simioni set the bar Friday.

Literally.

In his first effort at the CIF Southern Section Masters meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk, the Edison High senior cleared his first attempt in the boys’ pole vault at 15 feet, 4 inches.

Simioni will tell you that it was a modest mark, but what he didn’t figure on was that the mark would carry him to the Masters meet pole vault title — a first for the 18-year-old.

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Friday, Simioni and Edison teammates, juniors Hillary Hayes and Meghan Foley, along with Marina senior pole vaulter Leon Roach, venture back to Cerritos College for the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

Preliminaries are Friday and event finals are Saturday at Falcon Stadium.

By setting the pole vault mark with a personal-best mark of 15-4 on his first attempt Friday, Simioni was able to win the competition although three other vaulters, Marina’s Roach who placed second, Daniel Turvey of Dos Pueblos and AJ Teunissen, also cleared 15-4 on later attempts to round out the top four places.

“I was kind of stoked to clear that first vault, but I didn’t think I’d end up in first-place because 15-4 really isn’t that high,” said Simioni, who won the Sunset League pole vault title as a junior. “I was amazed that it stood up and happy to win Masters.”

The top state’s top pole vault mark set last weekend was 17 feet by Nico Weiler of Los Gatos High in the CIF Central Section.

Simioni will see him Friday, as he makes his first trip to the state meet Friday.

“I’m really excited about it,” he said. “I’m hoping to go around 15-6 and place in the top nine.

“I look at the coming weekend as the last two meets of my high school career, and I plan on going all-out.”

Foley will compete Friday in the girls’ 800-meter race after running to a personal best 2 minutes, 10.68 seconds to finish in third place at Masters Friday.

Foley, the Sunset League girls’ champion in the 800, is seeking to become a first-time California state champion but winning the second state title of her career: as a freshman, she won the Maryland state title in the girls’ 1,600 while attending Eastern Technical High in Baltimore.

Foley, 16, is the lone Sunset League competitor in the girls’ 800 at Friday’s state prelims.

“It’s really, really sweet to be going to state,” she said. “That’s something I’ve been striving for.”

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