It’s a busy time at Biggs High School – especially for the seniors, who are preparing for graduation June 1.
And it’s a little busier for Wolverine track and field athletes Daniel Velasquez and Bryce Scott.
The two Wolverines have qualified for the CIF Northern Section meet, which is scheduled for this Friday at West Valley High School in Cottonwood.
The winner of each event qualifies for next week’s state meet, slated for June 1-2 at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
For Velasquez and Scott – both multi-sport athletes at Biggs - the chance to qualify for the state meet in their senior year would be amazing.
But for now, they’re focused on prepping for this Friday’s section meet.
Scott and Velasquez were part of helping Biggs win the NSCIF Division 4 meet last week.
And this week, it’s on to an even bigger stage at the section meet.
Velasquez has qualified in several events: He’s the No. 1 seed in the boys long jump (20-1); the No. 2 seed in the boys 400-meter dash (50.63); the No. 8 seed in the 100-meter dash (11.78); and the No. 6 seed in the boys 200-meter dash (22.96).
Scott, meanwhile, will be competing in the boys high jump, where he’s seeded No. 7 (6-0); and the boys 300-meter hurdles, where he’s seeded No. 7 (44.46).
The pair were preparing for the section meet during a workout session at Biggs earlier this week.
Velasquez, who also played football and basketball at Biggs, plans on running track at Butte College next year, where he’ll be joined by former Wolverine Luis Gonzalez.
Scott is planning on attending Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore. next year and also competing in track and field.
Both Wolverines are planning on making the best of what could be their final high school track meet.
“I’d like to make it to state,” Velasquez said. Scott agreed.
And for both Wolverine athletes, that means digging deep and coming up with their best efforts of the season.
For Velasquez in the sprint events, the key will be looking for his spot to break out of the pack and preserve something for the final kick.
A number of other area athletes will also be at the NSCIF meet, either competing or as alternates. They include:
* Gridley junior Samantha Smith, an alternate in the girls triple jump;
vGridley junior Ziara Bandilla, an alternate in the girls long jump;
* Live Oak, an alternate in the boys 4-by-100-meter relay;
* Biggs junior Jamie McIntire, the top seed in the girls’ 400-meter dash (1:03.34) and the No. 2 seed in the girls’ 800-meter run (2:38.77);
* Live Oak senior Cameron Contreras, an alternate in the boys’ 400-meter dash;
* Live Oak junior Jagger Bains, the No. 2 seed in the boys’ 400-meter dash (11.43) and an alternate in the boys’ 200-meter dash;
* Live Oak junior Rajvir Duhre, the No. 7 seed in the girls’ 3,200-meter run (12:19.89).