Newport Harbor High fields a strong contingent at the CIF Southern Section track and field divisional finals Saturday at Cerritos College.
All of the Sailors' eight athletes competing, it turns out, are actually in the "field" part of track and field.
Senior Mark Sakioka is one of the top pole vaulters in the state and will be looking to take home a Division II title. Sakioka is third in the state with a school-record height of 16 feet, 2 1/2 inches this year and was one of eight vaulters to clear 14-3 to finish top nine and advance at last week's Division II preliminaries, a list that also included teammate Fritz Howser.
The top nine finishers in most of the track events at Saturday's meet, regardless of division, move on to the CIF Southern Section Masters meet. The top 12 field event finishers, plus distance running events, also move on.