VALLEY CENTER — The frustration was evident for Charlie Bush.
The Poway High pole vaulter had just won his event at the 17th annual Jaguar Invitational with a mark of 15 feet, 6 inches, a mere one inch shy of his season best of 15-7. But it was his misses at 16 feet that he could not get over.
“I moved up to the 185 for those last attempts,” said the Titans senior, referring to the pole’s weight rating. “It’s a stiffer pole to give me more takeoff, but it just didn’t come together.”
After clearing his first attempt at 15-6 with ease, it was Bush’s second attempt at 16 feet that had him shaking his long, blond dreadlocks.
“My second attempt at 16 was my best vault,” said Bush, who also tied for the day’s second-best mark in the high jump at 6-2. “I just skimmed the bar with my chest on the way down. I need better clearance from the takeoff.”
In the meet featuring morning and afternoon sessions, Mission Hills sprinter Suzie Acolatse lowered her own meet records in the girls 100- and 200-meter races. She ran a San Diego Section season-best 11.92 in the 100, bettering the previous meet mark of 12.01 she ran here last year, and she repeated in the 200 with a time of 24.66 for another season best.
“I felt pretty good about both times,” said the Grizzlies junior. “I had good starts in both races.”
Isiah Hennie of San Marcos also scored an impressive double, winning the boys 100 in 11.05 shortly after winning the long jump with a leap of 22-4, just one inch off his season best.
“If I can just get another hitch-kick, hopefully that can get me to 23,” the Knights senior said of his long jump. “That should get me to state. I was so close to my record and I’m happy with the consistency as much as anything.”
Another meet record fell in the girls long jump, where Julian’s Kylene Shuler leaped 17-9½, bettering a 12-year-old record by Nastassja Hall of Rancho Buena Vista (17-8 in 2002).
“I just pictured myself flying,” said Shuler, a sophomore who has a season best of 18-1. “I had one scratch where I went pretty far, but my steps were a little bit off. I tried to adjust, but I stutter-stepped, and you definitely don‘t want to do that.
“Once I get my steps down, I’ll be all right.”
Vista’s Ashley Cope was another double winner, taking the girls 1,600 in 5:11.65 and the 3,200 in 11:01.76.
In one of the closest races of the afternoon session, Brian Thomas of Scripps Ranch ran 48.18 to edge Mt. Carmel’s Tobe Ezeokoli in the boys 400. Ezeokoli was timed in a school-record 48.26, giving those two the top times in the section this season.
Mt. Carmel 800-meter specialist Derek Morton shattered the meet record in his event, winning in 1:54.24, and Valley Center’s Bannon Greer was also under the meet standard with his runner-up time of 1:56.52.
The first of five meet records went to the Rancho Bernardo girls 4×100 relay team of Vanessa Dee, Jackie Patterson, Riley Dixon and Maddy Samilo, timed in 48.95.
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