Ceres High varsity boys track and field standouts Conner Johnson and Marcellus Boykins both earned the right to compete at the prestigious Stanford Invitational on March 31 after posting qualifying marks in the shot put and triple jump, respectively, earlier this season.
"It was an honor to be a part of it," Johnson said. "The talent level there was insane. There were some big boys throwing super far. I didn't have any pressure on me. I was just going to have fun and trying to do my best."
Johnson failed to post a mark in the shot put.
The event featured 21 competitors.
"Scratching all three of my throws was a letdown," Conner said. "I've never done that before. I didn't perform to the best of my ability. I did fine in warmups."
Johnson had trouble with his footwork.
"If you don't do a spin, it's hard to throw in a ring like that," he said. "It's slippery. It's like Stanislaus State."
Boykins placed 16th in a field of 22.
"It was an honor to just qualify for it," he said. "Last year, I went to Meet of Champions. This meet was more competitive. There were guys jumping 46, 47 feet. I enjoyed the experience. It gave me a taste of competition I'll see later this year."
Marcellus soared 40 feet, 111/2 inches.
"It's always exciting going against people who can do just as well as you if not better," he said. "It was great competition. I wasn't very happy with how I performed."