Menlo News May 26, 2024

CIF track & field: Young wins silver in high jump; Pretre 7th in 3200m

Knights return to the podium at the State Championships

Landon Pretre (3200m) and Summer Young (high jump) return to the CIF state track & field meet.  (Photo by Steve Pretre)

Both of Menlo School’s state track & field finals competitors finished on the podium - senior Summer Young, who finished a thrilling high jump duel with silver and junior Landon Pretre who came back from injury to post one of his best times for seventh in the 3200 meter race.

Summer Young tied her career best height of 5-8, tied for best in state, to take silver Saturday night. (Photos by Steve Pretre) Summer Young tied her career best height of 5-8, tied for best in state, to take silver Saturday night. (Photos by Steve Pretre)On Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, the state’s best track & field athletes competed a day after qualifying in the trials for most events.

Young placed second in the high jump, clearing 5-8, matching her previous-best, and is tied for the top mark in the state.​ After clearing 5-3 and 5-5, Young made 5-6 on the third attempt then soared through the next heights 5-7 and 5-8 on her first try.

For me my mindset is everything and once I get in the right headspace it’s hard for me to mis​s,” Young said. ​”I was struggling at 5​-6​, but once I cleared it on the last attempt I decided it was time to lock in and I remember telling myself I wasn’t allowed to miss again​!”

Just over a year after practicing the event for the first time, Young became one of the top high jumpers in the state. Last season, she jumped 5-5 at CCS to set a Menlo School record, then went on to take 10th at state.​ She picked up again after a historial flag football season and a CCS Championship basketball year.

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Coming back for the second time was such an incredible feeling​,” said Young, who . “I wanted to prove to myself what I could do. It was definitely a different feeling this year cause there were expectations and what not​, but it’s always such a cool experienc​e.”

Knights junior Landon Pretre took seventh in the 3200m, coming in at 8:50.47, his second-best time ever and the third time this season un... Knights junior Landon Pretre took seventh in the 3200m, coming in at 8:50.47, his second-best time ever and the third time this season under 9-minute mark.Ventura​’s Valentina Fakrogha also jumped 5-8 and missed at 5-9, but had a couple fewer attempts in the earlier rounds.

Pretre finished seventh in the 3200 meters in 8:50.47. This marks the third time this season he has raced under the 9-minute mark, and ​stands as his second-best time​ only to the 8:48.11 he ran in April at the Arcadia Invitational.


​Young and Pretre - as well as Menlo’s boys’ 4x800 of Jared Saal, Amay Srinivasan, Jonah Block and Asher Lev, Veronica Taira in 800, and Henry Hauser in freshman mile - will be headed to the Nike Nationals next month.