They made it to state, now bigger challenges loom

These eight athletes are also competing in the State Meet, which begins today at Buchanan High in Clovis:

Porsha Grayson, Golden Valley: A model of consistency, finishing second in the triple jump at the Central California Conference Meet, and Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and Masters meets. Her personal record of 37 feet, 1 inch came at Masters. No surprise she is here, though it was expected she'd be in the long jump — she was No. 2 seed at Masters, but skipped the event.

Rebecca Hammar, Buhach Colony: The district's only double-qualifier, and just a sophomore, she'll toss the shot put and discus. She surprised the top seed to win the discus at Masters. She's the district's best bet for a medal at state as the No. 4 seed. Barring a meltdown, Shafter's Anna Jelmini wins gold: She tossed it 190 feet, 3 inches in May — breaking the national high school mark (188-4) set by Downey's Suzy Powell in 1994. Hammar is No. 14 in the shot — Jelmini's No. 1 here, too, at 51-9½.

Afrikaa Holloway, Merced: Only fourth at the Division I event, Holloway PR'd at 46-9½ at Masters. The No. 11 seed, he is just 10 inches from the No. 4 slot — though top seed, Hamed Suleman from Deer Valley of Antioch, has a 49-1.

Chris Izquierdo, Davis: One of only two district athletes in a running event, Izquierdo has been at his best in the 800 the last three weeks. He won the D-I title and was second at Masters, despite posting a PR of 1:55.05. He is seeded 18th, 1.5 seconds behind the No. 4 runner. The state best is only 1:53.15, so the race for this title is wide open.

Angell Mayfield, Weston Ranch: The junior was second at Masters with a 14.29 in the 110 hurdles. Not bad, considering the Masters champ — Vacaville's Kyler Martin — is the top seed at state after running 14.00. The No. 9 seed is at 14.27, so a berth in the final is a real possibility for Mayfield.

Albert Millan, Livingston: A junior in an event dominated by seniors, he had a PR of 54-3 to win the D-III shot title and was third at Masters. He has a tough task here, as the No. 8 seed he has thrown it 57-10. It's difficult to add three feet to a throw in just one week.

Rio Schwalbach, Buhach Colony: One of three district athletes in the girls' triple jump, she was fifth at D-I and rose to third at Masters to earn her state berth. The 18th seed — she's tied with Izquierdo as the district's lowest seed — Schwalbach needs to top last week's 26-10½ to make the finals.

Stephanie Stavrianoudakis, Modesto: The senior won Masters with a PR of 37-5 — her second PR in as many weeks. It was her third trip to Masters, but this is her first time at state. The 15th seed, she is 15 inches from the No. 9 slot — which would take her into the finals. Six jumpers have gone at least 39 feet, including top seed Alitta Boyd from Moreau of Hayward (41-¾).