CalHiSports.com State Athletes of the Week

This week's honors go to a boy who can jump high and a girl who can throw a discus a long way.

Boys: Teak Wilburn
(Chico)
Defending state champion in the high jump has shown so far he's going to be tough to dethrone and is one of the best nationally. Wilburn turned in a personal best in the high jump at last weekend's Oakland Relays as he went over the bar at 7 feet, 1/4 inch. He took over the state lead from Rancho Bernardo's Keno Williams, who has gone over 7-0 twice. Wilburn cleared 7-0 in his first meet of the year last month. The 7-0 1/4 mark also ties the CIF Northern Section record set in 1995 by Red Bluff's Michael Wilkens.

Girls: Rachel Varner
(Bakersfield)
Varner was named the high school girls athlete of the meet at the Bob Mathias Fresno Relays last Saturday after setting a CIF Central Section record in the discus with a throw of 178 feet. The toss beat her nearest competitor by 30 feet and blasted the previous record of 176-10, set by Bakersfield's Melisa Weis in 1990. Varner also won the shot put with a personal-best of 48-feet, 2 -inches. Varner reportedly benches presses 330 pounds.


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