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CIF track and field: When it mattered most

Locals save their best for CIF-Southern Section track and field finals

Posted: May 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Canyon’s Tiffini Stone competes in the long jump during the CIF-Southern Section track finals at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday.

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WALNUT — Save your best for last, as the old adage goes.

Well, several Foothill League athletes didn’t do it on purpose on Saturday. But their best sure came last.

Take Canyon senior jumper Tiffini Stone, who had finished as a CIF-Southern Section Division II runner-up three times in her career heading into Saturday’s Division II finals at Mt. San Antonio College.

She uncorked a personal-record mark of 18 feet, 5 3/4 inches in the long jump early in the day, which led for most of the event. At least until Cajon’s Ayana Gales went 18-10 on the second-to-last jump.

Not her second-to-last jump. The second-to-last jump. For the fourth time in her career, Stone was a CIF runner-up.

“I was so happy about finally (setting a personal record) that I just tried to not let it faze me,” Stone said.

She certainly didn’t. In the final Southern Section finals event of her career, Stone went out and leapt a personal-best 38-5 1/2 to win the triple jump.

There was a big sense, Stone said, to do her very best on Saturday and not simply be happy to move on to Friday’s Masters Meet.

“It was everything,” she said. “You can sit there and say, ‘OK, I just need to qualify.’ But for a competitive person, it’s nothing like that. I want to win. I’m going to win.”

Hart senior Tim White said the same thing during the high jump. Having already cleared 6-1, 6-3 and 6-5 on his first attempts, he was staring a Division III title in the event right in the face.

He had to clear 6-7. He did it on his first try, which was also his last jump of the day.

“I knew I was going to get the height,” White said. “I knew I was going to (set a personal record) today. This whole week, it was a good feeling.”

West Ranch senior thrower Nick Bultman was only feeling good after the Division I shot put. His first three attempts were well short of his 55-10 personal record.

In other words …

“My first three throws were crap,” Bultman said.

Then came his last throw. Bultman exploded with his legs and fired the shot put 57 feet, 5 inches, a new personal record and a ticket to the Masters Meet as one of the top 12 overall marks across all divisions.

Bultman could barely contain his happiness afterwards. He could barely contain his determination during the throw, too.

“I didn’t even care because it was my last throw, possibly of my high school career,” he said. “I just let it out.”

It was that type of day for some local athletes.

 

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