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Nathan Bultman wins CIF title in shot put

Seven SCV athletes quailfy for the Masters Meet

Posted: May 24, 2014 10:15 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2014 10:15 p.m.

West Ranch's Nathan Bultman throws the discus at the CIF Southern Section track and field finals at Cerritos College. Bultman won the Division 1 shot put title earlier in the day, throwing 60 feet, 11.5 inches to win by more than two feet. With his title Bultman became one of seven SCV athletes that were able to qualify for next week's CIF-So...

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NORWALK – The Santa Clarita Valley’s CIF title drought – if you can call it that – is over in track and field.

Last year marked the first time in 10 years the Foothill League had zero individual winners at the 2013 CIF-Southern Section Track and Field Championships.

West Ranch junior Nathan Bultman put an end to that on Saturday at the same event at Cerritos College, where he heaved the shot put 60 feet, 11 1/4 inches for the CIF-SS Division I crown.

Though Bultman was the day’s only local with an individual win among the 26 Foothill Leaguers competing on the day, he was one of seven athletes to move on to next week’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet which will be held at the same location on Friday.

The Masters Meet serves as the Southern Section’s qualifier to the state finals.

“I really feel like I had to work for it and that I have just come a long way,” said Bultman, whose throwing coach and father, Dave, was on hand Saturday. “My dad has really supported me; my parents have really supported me. I feel like I do deserve to be up here after all the hard work I’ve put in my whole time here and I really feel like I can make it to state.”

Bultman reached his winning mark on his fourth and final throw of the day, after which he slipped and nearly fell down out of the ring.

That left Bultman feeling like he could do even better next week.

“I was just really consistent with all my throws even with technique and even with slipping,” Bultman said. “I definitely have a lot more in me.”

Later in the day, Bultman fell just short of also qualifying for the Masters Meet in the discus. The top 12 finishers overall among all the divisions combined move on in field events and distance events with the top nine qualifying in all other running events.

Bultman was 13th overall in discus.

It was an all-around big day for local throwers, with two others moving on the Masters Meet.

Golden Valley junior Nikaela Harris logged a third-place finish in the girls Division II shot put with a school-record throw of 41-7 1/2. Her senior teammate Samiyah Hawkins finished fourth in Division II discus with a toss of 123-01.

Harris’ throw broke Hawkins’ old school record.

“Lately she’s just been peaking and starting to throw better and better,” said Golden Valley track and field head coach John Quam.

Golden Valley has never before sent multiple athletes to the Masters Meet in the same year.

Other impressive performances from locals included a second-place finish in Division II high jump by Canyon senior Brett Molster, who leapt 6-7 to easily move him to the Masters Meet.

Also moving ahead for Canyon was senior Natalie Rodriguez, who took third in the Division II 3,200-meter race in 10 minutes, 45.95 seconds.

Canyon had a Foothill League-high 12 athletes in action on Saturday and seven of them earned All-CIF medals for finishing top six in their events.

“We had a bunch of kids set some historical marks today,” said Canyon head coach Paul Broneer. “I’m real proud of them.”

The final two qualifiers for the day were Valencia senior Briana Pica in the pole vault and Saugus senior Brian Zabilski in the 3,200.

Pica cleared the bar at 11-3 for fifth place in Division I and Zabilski took second place in the Division II race with a time of 9:11.18.

Though it wasn’t a personal best for either Pica or Zabilski, both did just enough to keep their seasons alive.

Zabilski raced tactically, and ended up as the 12th and final qualifier.

“I definitely feel like I’m getting better,” Zabilski said. “I think today was a reflection of some workouts I’ve done toward the end of the season.”

Zabilski said he feels like he can improve enough to reach the state finals.

Meanwhile, Pica is headed to her second straight Masters Meet in the pole vault, where she’ll try to become the first female in SCV history to reach the state meet in the event.

Hart senior Matt Nali was the school’s lone representative at CIF finals, and he finished eighth in the 300 hurdles Division II race in 39.98.

There were many other locals who, like Nali, saw their seasons come to an end on Saturday.

Some were painfully close.

West Ranch junior Marisa Magsarili finished sixth in the Division I 800-meters with a time of 2:14.62, which was less than a second off the needed mark to qualify.

Canyon senior Jeremy Kimmer pole vaulted 14-3 to take fourth place in Division II, but he was just short of qualifying after he failed to clear the bar at 14-9. Just two weeks earlier, he leapt 15 feet at Foothill League finals.

There were four other Canyon athletes who were All-CIF medalists on the day: Kyla Danforth in the Division II 1,600 (sixth, 5:03.34), Jason Hillquist in the Division II 800 (sixth, 1:55.79), Jarrett Davidson in the Division II 110 hurdles (sixth, 14.94) and Steven Childs in the Division II long jump (sixth, 22-3).

Notes: The Canyon boys team finished tied for eighth place in the team Division II standings with a score of 26 points. It was the best team finish of any local school on the day.

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