May 30, 2013 6:07 PM by Andrew Masuda
Lompoc High's Nikko Hayes made a name for himself in the fall and earned a football scholarship to Idaho State in the process. This weekend, the senior hopes to enter his name in the CIF State Track and Field record books.
Hayes will compete at the CIF State Meet in the 300 meter high hurdles this weekend at Buchanan High in Clovis. Nikko set a personal best of 37.97 seconds at last week's CIF Southern Section Masters Meet to advance. His time ranks eighth out of the 26 athletes who qualified. He's just 76-hundreds of a second behind the 37.23 seconds posted by the leader Lloyd Sicard of Serra.
Hayes is ready to help put Lompoc on the map. "It's a great feeling for me and my coaches as well. It shows all the hard work we put in paid off and wasn't in vain," said Hayes, who needs to finish in the top nine in Friday's preliminaries to advance to Saturday's final. "As for my school, it feels good just to represent a small school like Lompoc. When you get to those big meets people don't really know where Lompoc is. So I tell them I'm from Lompoc and they say where? And it feels good just to represent us," added Hayes, who just missed qualifying for State in the 110 meter hurdles.
The preliminary heats are on Friday around 8:20 pm with the final set for 8:22 pm on Saturday.
No Lompoc High male runner has ever won a state title in the event. The only Central Coast athlete to win the event was Cabrillo High's George Porter, who won it in 1984 and 1985.
Arroyo Grahde High's Madison Jacobs (girls shot put, girls discus throw) and Elijah Holt (boys 110 high hurdles) will also compete at State in Clovis.
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