CASTROVILLE — North Monterey County High senior Konan Van Lear had the chance to show what his powerful arm strength could do at the Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan Division Championships on Friday.
He surely didn’t disappoint the home crowd at North Monterey County High School.
Van Lear walked away with first place finishes in both the shot put and discus. He launched the shot put 42-feet, 05.50-inches and recorded a personal best in the discus with an event-winning toss of 140’-04”.
Van Lear will compete in next week’s PCAL Master’s Meet on Friday at Pacific Grove High.
He’ll take on the top-7 winners of the Gabilan along with the top-5 winners from the Mission Division and top-3 of the Cypress Division.
The field also includes a pool of three “wild card” entries of athletes who didn’t automatically qualify in their division but had the next best time or measurement within the entire PCAL.
North Monterey County boys team finished sixth with 49 points, while the girls placed eighth with 16.5 points but are still sending a group of athletes to the Master's Meet.
The Condors are sending Antonio Cazarez after he placed fourth (41’-01.00”) in the shot put.
R.J. Scally will be joining them after placing second (42’-0.75”) in the triple jump and fourth (5’-08”) in the high jump, while Brian Cabanillas placed sixth (11’-00”) in the pole vault.
Fernando Perez finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.61 seconds and fifth (42.89) in the 300-meter hurdles. Isaiah Solorio finished eighth (18.00) but may still have a chance to qualify for a “wild card” spot at the Master’s Meet.
Jiovanni Garcia placed fourth (10:02.35) in the 3200-meters, while the relay teams placed seventh in both the 4x100 (46.40) and 4x400 (3:54.20) races.
Evelyn Orozco was the top-finisher on the girls team by placing fourth in the 400-meters in 62.74 seconds.
Andrea Villegas placed seventh (2:33.46) and set a personal best mark in the 800-meters, while Faith Mora finished seventh (5:38.99) in the 1600-meters and seventh (12:21.54) in the 3200-meters.
The relay teams both finished sixth in the 4x100 (53.79) and 4x400 (4:28.46).
Nia Nisby was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 26-feet, 5-inches and fourth in the discus with a toss of 93’-1”, which was a personal record. Samantha Flores will join Nisby in the shot put after her throw of 26’-3.5”.
Lexie McKinnon placed third (8’-0”) and Lorraine Mankins placed sixth (8’-0”) in the pole vault, while Nayla Anastacio finished sixth (15’-03”) in the long jump.