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Nnoli, Westemeier take 5th and 7th in Southern Cal Finals

Ethan Westemeier, a freshman from Lafayette, Calif., surpassed 14 meters for the first time (14.01m, 45-11 1/2) on his final jump to take 7th in the triple jump. (Photo by Scott Santella)
Ethan Westemeier, a freshman from Lafayette, Calif., surpassed 14 meters for the first time (14.01m, 45-11 1/2) on his final jump to take 7th in the triple jump. (Photo by Scott Santella)

Brian Nnoli hopped, skipped and jumped his way to fifth place in the triple jump on Saturday in the Southern Cal Track & Field Championships at San Diego Mesa College.

Nnoli, a freshman from San Marcos High, eclipsed 14 meters for the first time in his career with a leap of 14.09m (46-2½) on his sixth and final attempt. Ethan Westemeier also went beyond 14 meters for the first time, placing seventh at 14.01m (45-11½ ) on his last jump.

Brian McLaurin of Mt. San Antonio won the triple jump at 14.56m. Mt. SAC took the team title, beating Riverside 231.5 to 183.

Nnoli and Westemeier both qualified for the CCCAA State Championships, which will be held on Friday and Saturday at Bakersfield College.