SAN JOSE -- The 50-foot barrier in the high school girls shot put is a milestone seldom approached, let alone surpassed.
Valley Christian's Elena Bruckner cracked that barrier Friday, getting off a throw of 50-51/4 at the Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet at San Jose City College.
She is only the second girls shot putter in CCS history to exceed the 50-foot barrier. Harbor's Julie Dufresne holds the CCS record at 50-7¼.
"This was a huge sigh of relief," Bruckner said.
She had a best of 49-10 coming into the meet and hit 49-11 on her first throw. She said she had gone past 50 feet in warmups on a couple of occasions but was never able to do so in competition. So on Friday, she made sure not to expend too much energy in warming up, taking only two throws before the competition began.
Bruckner also established a personal best in the discus at 160-9, third-best in CCS history. Both marks are CCS Top 8 meet records. Bruckner is No. 1 in the nation in the shot put, No. 2 in the discus.
"It was a really, really exciting meet for me," Bruckner said.
Wilcox's D'Airrien Jackson won the 400 in a very close race, breaking the meet record with a time of 55.55. Jackson came around the curve into the home straightaway in first place, only to get passed by Santa Catalina's Mikayla Revera. But Jackson somehow found the resolve to catch Revera in the final meters. Gunn's Maya Miklos, who later won the 300 hurdles in 45.37, also passed Revera to take second in 55.61. Revera was clocked in 55.65.
"It took everything in me," Jackson said. "I kept working my arms, kept pushing through."
Jackson came back to win the long jump at 17-10 in only the third time she had competed in the event.
Mt. Pleasant's Darius Carbin was a triple winner in the boys high jump (6-6), long jump (21-11½) and triple jump (46-2). He also placed fourth in the 110 high hurdles in 15.47.
"This was a test to see how he could do in four events," Mt. Pleasant coach Steve Nelson said. "We'll probably have him do all four at CCS and drop all except the high jump for the state meet."
Carbin had already cleared 6-11 in the high jump this season. On Friday, he was the only jumper left after clearing 6-6. He missed on three attempts at 7-0.
Los Gatos' Caice Lanovaz was a double winner in the 100 (12.30) and the 100 hurdles (14.63). The CCS leader in the 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump, Lanovaz skipped the two horizontal jumps to get in a speed workout after straining her knee a week ago at Arcadia when she set a CCS record in the heptathlon.
"I decided to give it a break and just sprint," Lanovaz said. "I really want to break 14 in the hurdles."
Bellarmine College Prep's Marshall Godsil was a double winner in the boys throws, taking the shot put (53-2½) and the discus (183-1).
Palo Alto's Eli Givens won the 100 (10.79) and the 200 (21.86).
Homestead freshman Elena Kamas won the girls 1,600 in a personal-best 4:58.58, kicking past Menlo's Lizzie Lacy (4:58.92) as the runners neared the finish line.
"I felt good, the track was really fast," Kamas said.
Saratoga's Steven Sum, the CCS leader in the 1,600 and 3,200, got a chance to run the 800 and won it in 1:55.50. Los Altos' Brian Yeager won the 110 highs in 14.67. Los Gatos' Tony Moller took the 300 intermediate hurdles in a school-record 39.30. Lincoln's Jose Pina ran away from the field to win the 3,200 in 9:15.55.