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Hammar advances to state finals in discus, shot put

By JAMES BURNSjburns@mercedsun-star.com

NORWALK -- Rachel Hammar wasted little time asserting herself at the CIF State Track and Field Championships on Friday afternoon at Cerritos College.

The Buhach Colony senior clinched a place in the girls discus final on Saturday with a toss of 133 feet, 11 inches on her first official throw -- matching her effort at last week's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.

The toss was good enough to qualify ninth for Saturday's event finals, which begin at 3 p.m.

But Hammar won't be able to rest after the discus finals.

That's because she also qualified for Saturday's shot put finals with a toss of 41-04 on Friday. The heave has Hammar as the sixth-place qualifier for Saturday's 5:30 p.m. finals.

Hammar, bound for Long Beach State, is a three-time state qualifier and finished sixth in the shot put at last year's meet -- the strongest of her two events.

Merced's Sable Browning saw her season come to an end following the 1600 meter prelims on Friday.

Browning did not advance to Saturday's finals. She finished five seconds off her pace from last week's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters.

At one point early in the mile, Browning was running in the middle of the pack competing for second place, but she ultimately dropped back during the third and fourth laps.

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