Gilroy, CA - The Presentation Panthers had a banner day at the 2019 Central Coast Section Finals. Senior Isabella Grant won the Pole Vault to earn her first CCS title. Although Grant and Lindsay Gigliello from Branham High School both cleared 12 feet and 6 inches, Grant earned first place by virtue of less misses throughout the competition. Grant, currently second in the CCS in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet and 1 inch, will continue her season next week at the California Interscholastic Federation State Meet hosted by Buchanan High School before she heads to UCLA.
Senior Jaya Krishnan also competed in the Pole Vault, finishing fourth place with a clearance of 11 feet and 6 inches, just off her personal best of 11 feet and 8 inches (fifth best in the CCS). Krishnan's performance landed her a podium spot and brings a close to her season. She will continue her track and field career at Long Beach State next year.
The last Panther to compete at the CCS Finals was Junior Gianna Mendoza in the 3200 meters. Mendoza placed second after a sprint finish against Junior Kaimei Gescuk of Carlmont. Mendoza ran negative splits of 5:26 for the first 1600 and 5:17 for the second 1600 to finish with a time of 10 minutes and 43.49 seconds, a personal record and the second fastest time in the section this season. She will join Grant in representing the Panthers at next week's CIF State Meet.