ELK GROVE — El Dorado high jumper Makayla Hoyt fell one spot shy of qualifying for the state finals at Friday’s Master Meet, taking fourth place at Elk Grove High.
As two jumpers battled for first and second, Hoyt and Davis’ Caitlin Mazzoleni both failed to clear 5-5. Mazzoleni’s fewer misses gave her the nod as the top three advanced.
Hoyt’s near miss on the big stage didn’t seem to faze the Cougar sophomore.
“It’s been awesome getting this far,” Hoyt said. “I have two years left so I’ll do some camps over the summer to improve. I liked the atmosphere of competition here — it definitely makes me want to do better,”
Hoyt failed to convert the 4-11 opening bar on her first two jumps before nailing the third. She cleared 5-1 on the first try, 5-3 on the second but couldn’t get up and over 5-5 to bow out … though still in contention as only a few were left.
The girls high jump featured Hoyt and Oak Ridge freshman Alexa Ray who scaled 4-11 but not 5-1 to finish tied for eighth place.
Earlier in the boys competition, Trojan junior Will Vaughn made a run at reaching the state championships after a solid first two jumps but his day and shot ended at the 6-5 height after three unsuccessful attempts.
Justin Priest also competed but made just one of six attempts to finish tied for 11th.
Over in triple jump, Ponderosa senior David Bonzo needed a personal best for contention but couldn’t land it and ended up in 21st place.