CLOVIS — Nothing like capping your senior season with a state medal.
And earning one as a junior only fuels your fire for next season.
Vanden’s Tyler Koss closed his high school career with a sixth-place finish in the boys 400 meters and Rodriguez’s Megan Dulaney placed fifth in the girls shot put at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Saturday night.
Koss, running in Lane 9, all the way on the outside of the track, posted a time of 47.55, just off his personal best of 47.41.
“I just went out and ran my race in Lane 9 and tried to hang on (at the end),” Koss said. “I went out like I did at Arcadia (Invitational) and tried not to let anybody catch me until the last turn. I just gave it all I had.
“It’s really tough (not being able to see the other runners). You kind of have to pace yourself and listen to the breathing behind you. If I do hear footsteps, I try to pick it up a little bit.”
Koss’ track career isn’t over, though. He is headed to Colorado to run for the Air Force Academy.
“I’m fortunate to have another four years to run track, so I can try and keep bettering my times and keep improving,” Koss said.
For Dulaney, who tossed the shot put 44-6 ¾, there was some redemption after failing to make the state finals a season ago.
“I’m very happy with myself,” Dulaney said. “I did throw (almost) a foot shorter than I did last night but that’s OK.”
One thing Dulaney got to watch was two-time state champion Stamatia Scarvalis of Dos Pueblos, who won the event with a length of 52-2. She hopes to use that knowledge next season.
“She pops really hard at the end and finishes really nice,” Dulaney said. “I can learn from that.
“Next year I would like to be Top 3. If I win that would be great, but Top 3, that’s my goal next year.”
Vacavllle’s Brandi French was 11th in the shot put at 41-3 1/4.