The local high school sports season came to an end June 6-7 with the CIF track and field championships at Buchanan High in Clovis, and athletes from the Bay Valley Athletic League made sure to leave their mark.
Junior Briana Guillory led the Deer Valley girls team as she competed in four events. Her best individual event was the 200 meters, as she finished the preliminaries in 24.21 seconds, coming in third in her heat and 12th overall. She was also 15th in the 100 with a time of 12.02.
Guillory was also part of Deer Valley's 400 and 1,600 relay teams. While the 400 relay team did not make it out of prelims, coming in 16th overall with a time of 48.38, the 1,600 relay team of Guillory, Sasha Newman, J'Ley Fagalar and Mariama Hilburn did make it to the finals, where it placed sixth overall with a time of 3:48.068. Long Beach Poly won the event in 3:38.05.
Heritage's Griffin DeFlores closed his junior season on a high note as he competed in the boys shot put and discus at the state championship, becoming the first track athlete from the Brentwood school to compete in two individual events at the CIF meet.
In the discus, DeFlores set a massive personal record with a throw of 164 feet, seven inches. That was more than 10 feet better than the mark he had at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions the week prior. It was also more than eight feet better than his previous season high of 156-1, which he set in April in a dual meet against Antioch, according to statistics on athletic.net.
DeFlores also came close to setting a personal record in the shot put, as he had a mark of 53-7.5 to finish 16th at the state championships. He had set a personal record at the Meet of Champions with a mark of 53-9.
Heritage's Frank Kurtz was unable to compete in the state championships in the 400, as he had suffered a knee injury two days prior to the NCS meet.
Kurtz still won the 400 in a time of a 47.66 seconds, but said later, "I couldn't go out fast, do anything explosive off this knee."
The Stanford-bound senior has the seventh-fastest time in the state this season (47.35) according to PrepCalTrack.com. Last year, Kurtz placed fourth in the 400 final at the CIF state championships
"Frank decided that his injury is preventing him from running 100 percent and feels that he cannot win it going 70 percent like last weekend," Heritage coach Kevin Bain wrote in a text message. "It is a soft tissue strain in the back of the knee that prevents him from accelerating."
Staff writer Phil Jensen contributed to this story.