HIGH SCHOOL TRACK MARMONTE LEAGUE FINALS : Fischer Makes Good on Promise With 6-11 1/2 Jump


High jumper Jeremy Fischer of Camarillo High is a man of his word.

After missing three attempts at 6 feet 11 inches in an invitational meet a week ago, Fischer vowed it was only a matter of time before he scaled that height.

"I just need to get used to jumping at that height," Fischer said.

It did not take him long.

The sophomore cleared a school-record 6-11 1/2 on his first attempt Friday to win the Marmonte League title at Camarillo High. Fischer made three attempts to clear 7-0 but missed each time. He appeared to have the height to clear the bar on his final attempt but brushed the bar off with his right calf.

"I thought I had (seven feet) when I took off," Fischer said.

Fischer's jump made him the region's ninth-best performer all-time. It also erased the Camarillo school record of 6-10 1/4, set by Viktor Nehring in 1982.

"I know what I have to do now to jump that high," Fischer said. "I know I just have to jump straight up when I take off. . . . Before I was jumping into the bar. Tonight I jumped straight up and just let my momentum carry me toward the bar."

Fischer also won the long jump with a mark of 20-11, making him one of nine athletes to win two events Friday.

The Agoura High boys' and girls' teams, which won their respective dual-meet titles during the regular season, came out on top in the league meet Friday. The Chargers, led by junior distance runner Ryan Wilson, won the boys' meet with 99 points, followed by defending champion Thousand Oaks (95). Newbury Park and Royal tied for third with 75 points.

Freshman Amy Skieresz led Agoura to the girls' title by winning the 1,600 and 3,200 in personal bests of 4:59.63 and 10:53.9. The Chargers finished first with 104 points, followed by Thousand Oaks (94 1/2), Channel Islands (70) and Westlake (54).

Marion Jones led Thousand Oaks with a pair of victories in the 100 (11.90) and 200 meters (23.45). She also ran the anchor leg for the winning 400-meter relay team (48.34) and the second leg for the victorious 1,600 relay team (3:59.71).

Jones fell at the start of the 100 when her starting blocks slipped from under her, but she recovered quickly to beat teammate Wendy Wendelstein by .78 seconds.

Royal sophomore Andre Desaussure had a superb meet in the boys' sprints, winning the 200 (22.38) and the 400 (48.9), and placing second in the 100 (11.21).

Jeff Wilson of Newbury Park won the boys' 1,600 in 4:16.03 and the 3,200 in 9:19.3.

The top three finishers in each event advanced to the Southern Section 3-A Division preliminaries at Trabuco Hills High next Saturday.

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