Dolores Tuimoloau of Channel Islands High took another two steps up the all-time state list in the girls shotput in the Ventura County track and field championships at Camarillo High Friday, but she has some climbing to do in order to reach her ultimate goal.
Tuimoloau improved her seasonal state lead in the shotput to 49 feet 2 inches and moved into a tie for seventh on the all-time state list, but she figures she has a legitimate chance much farther before the season ends.
“Realistically, I think I can hit 55 feet,” Tuimoloau said. “I think that’s realistic once I get past 50.”
If Tuimoloau reaches her goal, she will destroy the national high school record of 53-7 3/4 set my Natalie Kaaiawahia of Fullerton in 1983, but that fact doesn’t seem to faze her.
“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting 49 feet today,” she said. “I’m kind of looking toward the bigger meets down the road, but I got out here and relaxed and things come together.”
Tuimoloau, whose previous best was 48-10 last week, had a series of throws that went 47-0, 49-2, 47-7 3/4 and 48-7 1/4.
She also won her second consecutive title in the discus with a meet record of 136-7.
Sophomore Kim Mortensen and junior Jeff Fischer of Thousand Oaks won the boys’ and girls’ 1,600 meters with impressive wire-to-wire victories and Jeremy Fischer of Camarillo won the long jump with a personal best of 23-0, but cleared a paltry--for him--6-8 to win the high jump.
Mortensen did not set a blistering pace, coming through the first 400 in 73.2 seconds, but she slowed little as the race progressed, passing 800 meters in 2:30.1 and 1200 in 3:48.5, before finishing in a region-leading time of 5 minutes 1.27 seconds.
Jeff Fischer, the third-place finisher in last fall’s state Division I cross-country championships, looked like he was on the verge of being overtaken with 200 meters left in the 1,600, but he held off Javier Ramirez of Nordhoff and Eleazar Hernandez of Camarillo in a personal-best of 4:20.32.
Ramirez was second in a school-record 4:20.91 with Hernandez third in a personal-best of 4:21.63.
“I was not having a good time there on that last lap,” Fischer said. “I actually could see their shadows coming up on me, but I decided I couldn’t let them take me down after leading the whole race.”
Jeremy Fischer was sky-high when he added eight inches to his personal best in the long jump, but he came back to earth when he failed to clear seven feet in the high jump for the second consecutive meet. He holds the region record at 7-4.
“I’m really disappointed,” he said. “This is not the way I’m supposed to be jumping. I’m just being very sloppy on top of the bar.
“It’s like I don’t know what to do with myself and that shouldn’t be happening at this time of the year.”
Ramsey Jay of Ventura set a meet-record of 48.73 seconds in the boys’ 400 and Cathy Trater of Agoura did likewise on the girls’ 300 low hurdles.
Noah Walsh of Ventura won the 110 high hurdles with a wind-aided time of 14.87 seconds and Ted Rust of Rio Mesa won the 300 intermediates in 39.13.