CLOVIS -- Terra Nova junior Jeremy Wright burst upon the track and field scene about midway through this season. Saturday, he capped his season of emergence with a third-place finish in the 400 meters at the state finals at Buchanan High School with a time of 47.10 seconds.

"To be a junior, my first time at the state finals and make the podium, I'm happy,'' Wright said. "Getting third place was even better."

Wright opened some eyes with a 47.01 clocking at the Central Coast Section finals. He ran that race and also his race at the state finals in the same manner -- with a restrained first 200 and a very strong finish. On Saturday, he was well back over the first 200 and passed several runners down the final straightaway to finish third.

"I'm going to give it my best in the offseason to improve my strength," Wright said. "See if I can keep pace the first 200 and still get the fast leg turnover in the final 200."

His emergence has made an impression on many observers.

"He could be a real superstar," Mt. Pleasant coach Steve Nelson said.

Serra's Kyle Orloff placed fifth in the 400 in 47.53 and ninth in the 200 (21.82).

There was a crowd of 9,123 on hand Saturday and a two-day total of 16,372.

"I'm still in shock," Castro said. "I didn't want to overextend myself. I went back to my roots, to have fun. I drafted from the lead guy. I came in at 55 on the first lap and was in decent position.

"With 100 to go I was in seventh, so I told myself, 'let's go.' I wanted to finish in the top six at state, so I started picking it up."

Two high jumpers went over 6 feet, 10 inches.

Santa Teresa senior Daniel Onuoha was among the five others who cleared 6-8.

But he had the most misses of the five, so instead of tying for third he finished seventh.

Still, it was a remarkable season for someone whose best was 6-4 going into his senior season. Onuoha had his personal-best winning a CCS title at 6-9.

"Last year he was all over the place,'' Santa Teresa coach Scott Young said. "He put it all together this year.''

After winning CCS, Onuoha said his plans were to attend Sacramento State, strictly as a student. But after the word got out about going 6-9, Young received a call from Cal State Northridge, which was interested in Onuoha continuing his high jump career.

"I hope he changes his mind and continues jumping in college,'' Young said.

Branham's Zachary Nichols cleared 15-0 to place eighth in the pole vault.

Willow Glen's Luis Maciel threw the discus 160-7, placing 11th.