CLOVIS -- California High's Noel Frazier has a steady, stoic personality. But he couldn't stop smiling after his performance Saturday at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships.
The senior capped his high school career with a state championship in the boys high jump at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium.
"It's definitely a dream come true," Frazier said. "It's been a blessing."
Frazier was one of three competitors to clear 6-feet, 101/4-inches, along with defending champion Cody Crampton of Canyon-Anaheim and Oakdale's Manuel Hernandez. But Frazier was the only one to clear the height on his first attempt and that earned him the win.
He passed until the bar was raised to 6-8, a move designed to provide extra rest to a knee injury that's bothered him all year.
"We took a risk," Frazier said. "But it worked out."
Frazier is the first East Bay boy to win a state title since 2009 when Deer Valley's Hameed Suleman won the triple jump and De La Salle's Chase Wheeler won the long jump.
Kennedy-Richmond's Kenneth Walker was a heavy favorite in the 110-meter high hurdles, but stumbled over the seventh hurdle and never recovered. By the time he crossed the finish line, he was at the back of the field in eighth place.
Walker was in the lead early, but his front foot came down on the fourth-to-last hurdle as he attempted to clear it.
"As soon as that happened, it was over," Kennedy coach Carl Sumler said.
Walker was sixth in the event the past two years and the only competitor in the state this season to run a sub-14 second race. His personal-best was a wind-aided 13.75 at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. His wind-legal 13.81 from Friday's finals is the state's best mark this year.
"For the last three years, Kenny's always been on point. He never misses a practice," Sumler said. "I know he wanted this so bad."
De La Salle's Marquis Morris took third in the race, running 14.22 to earn a bronze medal.
Walker earned a fifth-place medal with Kennedy's 400 meter relay team. Tom Jacobs, Walker, Lovell Stewart and Takkarist McKinley ran a season-best 41.47.
San Leandro's Andre McBride was very satisfied to capture silver in the 100 meters with a time of 10.60. He also took sixth in the 200 in 21.62.
"I was just trying to get a medal, that was my goal," McBride said. "I had a couple bad weeks so I didn't know where I was going to be here, but it's nice to know I'm still one of the best in the state."
St. Joseph Notre Dame's Nick Ratto was the last seed in the 800 meters and in eighth after the first lap. But he kicked on the final 300 meters to pass five other runners and take third in a personal-best 1:51.57.
"I didn't run as smart as I could've, but I ran really gutsy and I think that made up for it," Ratto said.
James Logan teammates Jeffrey Prothro Jr. and Karsten Wethington stood side-by-side on the medal stand after both placed in the triple jump.
Prothro, a junior, took fourth with a personal-best jump of 48 feet, 101/4 inches. The sophomore Wethington took sixth with his personal-best mark of 47-13/4.
"It's so great, I'm just cherishing this moment," Prothro said. "I'm remembering the place I'm at right now so I know where to get next year."
Wethington came with no expectations to medal.
"It's a great experience to have," Wethington said. "I can't really ask for anything more."
Logan's Willie Latin placed sixth in the 400 in 48.62 to earn a medal.
"I just wanted to do my best," Latin said. "It's my first time here. I just wanted to give it my all."
In the long jump, Bishop O'Dowd sophomore Nate Moore took fourth (23-63/4) and Deer Valley's Shawn Simms was sixth (22-101/4).