NORWALK — St. Francis High's James Knowles arrived at Cerritos College for Friday night's CIF Southern Section Track and Field Masters Meet brimming with great expectations.
He had earlier navigated his way through the ultra-competitive Mission League and straight through the CIF Division Finals to get to a point in the season where neither had previously ventured.
Knowles left the venue with mixed emotions after he didn't qualify for the CIF State Meet in Clovis.
Knowles clocked 38.71 seconds to finish eighth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Knowles, the first Golden Knight to participate in the Masters Meet since Andrew Steben competed in the pole vault in 2006, needed a top-five mark or to meet the qualifying standard time of 38.26 to advance to the state meet.