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Orange County Championships:

CdM’s Buckley, Bolus both victorious

TRACK AND FIELD: Buckley bounces back from disappointment to win girls’ 800 meters, while Bolus captures triple jump.

April 20, 2008|By Matt Szabo

MISSION VIEJO — Shelby Buckley enjoyed a return to Orange County on Saturday, even if her competition in the girls’ 800-meter run couldn’t say the same.

The Corona del Mar High senior won the race in 2 minutes, 16.37 seconds, highlighting Newport-Mesa finishers in the Orange County Championships at Mission Viejo High.

CdM junior Blaine Bolus was the other local winner, breaking his own week-old school record in the triple jump with a mark of 46 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

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Both Sea Kings also finished second in an event. The UCLA-bound Buckley’s time of 4:52.28 in the 1,600 was bettered only by Woodbridge’s Christine Babcock.

Bolus, who jumped 21-11 in the long jump, was just edged by Trabuco Hills’ Trevor Wightman by half an inch.

For Buckley, it was a welcome result after she was disappointed by her sixth-place finish in the 1,600 last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational. She also hadn’t run the 800 at an invitational since her time of 2:14.02 at the Irvine Invitational on March 8 broke that meet’s record.

On Saturday, she was second halfway through the race, but had an impressive kick on the second and final lap.

“Coach told me to decide a plan after 150 [meters], so I did,” said Buckley, who has the third-fastest girls’ 800 time in Orange County Championships history, set last year. “I just wanted to stay second or third, then I was going to kick the last 200, 300 meters. My time wasn’t that impressive, but I stuck to the plan, so I’m happy. And, I got first, so I’m happy as well.”

Buckley also ran the anchor leg of the meet-ending 4x400 relay. She, along with freshman Sarah Craig and juniors Tina Theriot and Claire Schmidt, placed third in a season-best 3:59.36.

“At the end of the day, to run a PR when your kids are pretty zapped, that was good for us,” CdM Coach Bill Sumner said.

Bolus, a junior who owns the CdM records in both the triple and long jump, said he nearly won both events Saturday, but was happy with his distances.

“I thought I had [the long jump] won, but [Wightman] came in from a different event and ended up having a big PR and beating me by half an inch,” he said.

CdM junior Kim Condino was fourth in the girls’ 800, in 2:19.37, while Craig ran a personal-best 59.37 seconds to place sixth in the 400. She said she’s hoping to run under 59 by year’s end.

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