Sheldon High School will have a big one-two punch in Taron Johnson and Cameron Stone when the Huskies roll into Clovis this week for the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High School.
The Sheldon pair was solid in the finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters’ meet Friday at Elk Grove High School. Stone, who had the best time in the 400 meters not only in the Section this season but also in the State, comfortably won the gold medal with a time of 47.17 seconds.
“I felt I did really good and executed my race,” Stone said.
|Sheldon's Cameron Stone gets set in the blocks for the 400 meter run|
His teammate Johnson finished second twice in two different races in the Section Masters’ finals. In the 100 meters he finished behind Nate Jones of Tracy by only .003 of a second.
“I stumbled coming out of the blocks,” Johnson explained. “Otherwise I would have won that race.”
Jones official time was 10.786 seconds, Johnson’s 10.789 seconds.
A little while later in the finals of the 200 meters Johnson found himself nosed out once again. He crossed the finish line behind Aspyn Walton of Woodcreek by .006 of a second.
“I feel good, “ Johnson said. “I feel blessed and am happy I get the chance to go to State.”
Walton’s time was 21.821 seconds while Johnson’s mark was 21.827 seconds.
But, the Johnson/Stone duo along with Sheldon’s 4x100 meter relay squad and the 4x400 meter relay squad could score several points in the State Meet.
The 4x400 relay squad, which included both Stone and Johnson along with Marcus Beloney and Steven Edwards, won the Masters’ gold medal in a time of 3:16.16.
The same group placed second in the 4x100 relay Friday in a time of 42.27 seconds. Woodcreek won that race in a time of 41.29 seconds, the best mark thus far this year in California in that event.
The top three finishers in each event along with anyone besting a set time or mark in any event at the Masters qualified for the state track and field meet.