Three Cougars on their way to state finals
Three Lassen College track and field athletes are headed to the California Community College State Championships this weekend in Santa Barbara.
Lassen High School graduates Chris Robinette and Bobby Zamora will join Angel Johnson at the state finals after impressive performances at the Nor Cal Championships last weekend in Modesto.
Johnson, a sophomore, will compete in three events - shot put, high jump and heptathlon. Johnson backed up her No. 1 ranking in the shot put, winning the event with a throw of 42-8 1/2. She surprised everyone with a second-place leap in the high jump of 5-4 1/2.
Robinette qualified for the state finals with a fourth-place throw of 175-4 in the javelin on his last hurl in the finals.
"Chris did an outstanding job," Lassen coach Ross Brosius said. "He stepped up in the clutch."
Zamora took fourth in the hammer with a fling of 159-8.
"It was a great effort by everyone on our team. It's a highly-competitive meet where the pressure is on," Brosius said. "I expected Angel to do well in the shot put. She has got a good chance at the state finals."
Johnson and Zamora entered the meet with All-American honors.
Desiree Munds placed ninth in the discus, posting a personal-best distance of 113-10. Munds did not earn a trip to the state finals, but entered Nor Cals ranked in the top 12 in the discus in Northern California.
"That was a big accomplishment for a freshman," Brosius said.
Preceding the Nor Cals, Lassen finished third and the men took fourth in the Golden Valley Conference Championships.
At the meet, Johnson broke a school record in the shot put with a throw of 44-10. She also entered the Nor Cals owning the school record in the heptathlon with 3,983 points, which ranks her sixth in the state.
The heptathlon features seven events - high jump, long jump, javelin, 800 meters, 200 meters, high hurdles and shot put.