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Mueller takes fifth in So Cal Heptathlon, earns trip to State Championships

Freshman Andrea Mueller tossed a season-best 23.87 meters (78-3 3/4) in the javelin and finished fifth in the Southern Cal Heptathlon at Cerritos College. (Photo by Scott Santella)
Freshman Andrea Mueller tossed a season-best 23.87 meters (78-3 3/4) in the javelin and finished fifth in the Southern Cal Heptathlon at Cerritos College. (Photo by Scott Santella)

Andrea Mueller grabbed fourth place in the long jump and 800 on Wednesday on the way to a fifth-place finish in the Southern Cal Heptathlon at Cerritos College.

Juanita Webster of Cerritos won the two-day, 17-woman event with 5471 points. Jasmine Hall of Canyons was second with 4704 and Breanna Curry of Cerritos took third with 4415. Michaela Banyi of Cerritos was fourth with 4415 and Mueller, a freshman from Switzerland, was fifth at 4304, just 78 points off her school record mark that she set 12 days ago.

The top six finishers out of 17 qualified for the State Championships on May 19-20 at American River College in Sacramento.

Mueller took fourth in the long jump at 4.98 meters (16 feet, 4 inches). Then she threw a season-best 23.87 meters in the javelin and placed fourth in the final event, the 800 meters, in a personal-best 2:29.82.

"Andrea came into today focused and ready to compete," said SBCC assistant coach Scott Santella. "It showed with a season best in the javelin and personal best in the 800. We're now looking to work hard and prepare for state in the next few weeks."

The Vaqueros will compete in their own Easter Open on Friday, April 14 at La Playa Stadium.