A trio of local athletes have earned their way to the CIF State Track and Field Championships.
Laura Hollander and Kylie Nishisaka of Marina, and Karen Snapper of Edison, will all be at Buchanan High in Clovis on Friday for the preliminary round of the State meet. The finals are Saturday.
Hollander qualified in the girls' 3,200 meters run, finishing in 10 minutes, 17.2 seconds, and placed second behind sophomore Sara Baxter of Simi Valley, who won the evesnt in 10:08.71. Both easily cruised past the State qualifying time of 10:42.57. Baxter (CIF-SS Div. 2 champ) and Hollander (CIF-SS Div. 1 champ), considered the top two girls' 3,200 competitors in the nation, will meet again in Clovis.
Nishisaka, who originally had been an alternate in the girls' 1,600 meters race at the CIF-SS Masters Meet Friday, advanced to State in that event. She made the cut by two-tenths of a second with a time of 4:58.66. Harvard Westlake senior Cami Chapus won the 1,600 in 4:43.90. The State qualifying time was 4:58.86.