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Down to two SCV athletes at state track finals

Posted: June 6, 2014 10:16 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2014 10:16 p.m.
 

Nathan Bultman had to wait all day for his event to start.

But it took the West Ranch High junior one quick throw to put him into the state shot put finals.

He was the fourth-place qualifier at the CIF State Track and Field prelims on Friday at Buchanan High School in Clovis with a toss of 59 feet, 7 3/4 inches.

Bultman was the only one of two Santa Clarita Valley athletes to move on to today’s finals in his event.

The other local was Canyon senior Brett Molster, who failed advance in the high jump.

A third local, Saugus junior Brian Zabilski, will compete today in the 3,200-meter final as there is no prelim in the event.

Bultman’s event was the very last field event of the night and he was part of the final flight to throw among 27 athletes.

All he needed to do was finish in the top 12 to advance, which he did on his opening throw.

“Honestly I was not expecting to do anything too big today,” Bultman said. “I was just expecting to move on to finals. I did not want to push it too hard so tomorrow I could push it a lot further.”

As for Molster, he cleared the bar at 6-5 on his second attempt but he was unable to get above the 6-7 mark in three tries despite reaching the same height the previous two weeks at the CIF-Southern Section finals as well as the CIF-SS Masters Meet.

Out of 30 competitors in the event on Friday, nine reached 6-7 to advance to Saturday’s finals.

Molster, who said he wasn’t on his game, couldn’t quite reach the mark for a third meet in a row, though.

“I’m not upset,” he said. “I had a killer season so I can hold on to that. I just would have liked to make it one more round.”

This was the second straight year a Canyon High athlete reached the state meet in the high jump after Jeremy Kimmer also went out at the prelims last year.

Earlier this season, Molster leapt 6-9 to tie the Canyon High School high jump record, which was set by Kimmer the year before.

Molster was dominant in the event most of his high school career, but this was the first season he advanced all the way to the state championships.

“I couldn’t ask for more,” said Molster, who graduated on Thursday. “I went undefeated in league the second year in a row, won two straight league titles and I broke a school record.”

Bultman will compete in the shot put finals starting at 8:30 p.m. today while Zabilski's 3,200 races starts at 9:03 p.m.

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