CIF-State Track & Field Championships Meet Preview
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SAC last weekend, which could open the door for a spirited competition for third place if none of the contenders can catch the top two teams. Ventura seems to be the consensus 3rd-best team out of the Southern Section, but after them it gets a little jumbled. California Whittier had a tremendous performance at the finals last weekend, which should add a confidence boost to a team that has run with ambition all season. On the other hand, looking at season-best times, you could go with Arcadia or Burroughs Burbank.
Those two seem to do better on flatter, faster courses, and could find Woodward Park more to their liking than Mt. SAC was this past Saturday. Burroughs was 4th in last year's state meet. Madera South finished 3rd last year, representing the Central Section well, and could very well end up there again with a good race.
The chief contender to Great Oak and Dana Hills could be Jesuit, though - the Marauders took 3rd when these 4 teams squared off at Woodward Park earlier this year for the Asics Clovis meet, and they were only 18 points behind Dana Hills there.
Davis trailed Jesuit by just 10 points in the Sac Joaquin finals, though, which could mean the Blue Devils are also in contention for the top 5. Individually, it would be a huge upset if anyone got past Phillip Rocha. The Arcadia senior continues to roll, posting the top times in every meet he has run even when he doesn't necessarily always face the other elite runners. Last weekend, Spencer Dodds Great Oak gave Rocha a really good race, staying within two seconds of the 2-ranked runner in the nation, while Garrett Reynolds Ventura was the only other guy to break 15 on the Mt.
The LA City Section puts up a potential top-5 runner in Paul Luevano Venicewho has a huge time from a flat 3 mile course that seems to indicate great potential.
The top contender to the Southern Section individuals, though, is most likely Davis' Michael Vernau, who has earned respect with big races all season; he won the SJS by 20 seconds. Interestingly, two top returners from two different teams have struggled to stay ahead of their own teammates this season; Jake Ogden was 3rd last year for Dana Hills and could be rounding into top form just in time, while Sean Kurdy has seen Ben Holland take up the role of 1 runner for Jesuit. Division 1 Girls Preview: Jeff George The biggest question of the meet is very simple: After a spectacular start to the season that saw her post performances that led the nation at the time her 3 mile time still doesthe Davis senior has not raced since October 7th due to some nagging shin pain.
The word was that she could have raced two weeks, but was held out to try to complete her recovery as her team did not need her to advance. Even if she is back, will she be sharp enough to contend for the title after such a long break from racing? It might not matter, because her best 5K is 32 seconds faster than anyone else in the state!
In her absence, teammate Sofia Castiglioni established herself as a potential top-5 runner individually. One wild card in the individual competition: Kristen Leung Lowell clocked Of course, you have to expect Brooke Starn Monte Vista to be right in the thick of things after she posted the best time of all the girls at the Mt.
Will any of those individuals be able to stand up to the onslaught of Southern Section talent? Great Oak has two individuals that could threaten the top 5, but they seemed to hold back to run together as a team last weekend.
The Wolfpack's most consistent performer up front all season has been Evelyn Mandel, although you can never count Destiny Collins out after all, she was 3rd last year. Although she didn't have her best race last weekend, Holly Lung Arcadia has put up some big times this season and should be a factor at Woodward Park. The team competition hinges on that initial question above, and this is one of the few divisions in the state meet where the Southern Section does NOT have several top-5 quality teams.
Defending champion Great Oak, ranked 2nd in the nation, dominated last weekend and advanced easily, posting a point victory over Vista Murrieta. The only other team from the Southern Section that could make a splash is Arcadia, who finished 6th on a rough day at Mt. SAC last Saturday but has established more than enough credibility with several strong regular-season performances. The team that really has a chance however small to dethrone the Wolfpack is Davis, and then only if O'Keeffe is racing and running well; the Blue Devils rolled up only 23 points at their section finals without Fiona, but they have no shot at a state title unless they're at full strength.
Likewise for two Central Section powers, Clovis North and Buchanan - they battled to the wire at their section final last Thursday, with the Broncos claiming a 4-point victory and don't underestimate Lauren Moffitt as an individual, either, as she won by 25 seconds. Division 2 Boys Preview: Jeff George The top 10 individuals from the D2 race are gone - 9 of them were seniors, and Garrett Reynolds has moved into Division 1. That means the door is wide open as far as the individual championship contenders go, and it could be Dylan Scarsone Canyon Anaheim Hills that walks through it.
After a convincing win at the Southern Section finals, Scarsone has to be brimming with confidence, while some of the earlier contenders in the division have struggled lately. Runners like Ryan Tate SaugusAndrew Clusserath Rocklinand Stephen Khan Ayala all posted eye-opening performances at some point during the season, but none won their sectional.
Look to the Bay Area for two more strong challengers: Scarsone and Lamberth aren't just individual contenders, either - they lead a Canyon Anaheim Hills team that has a legitimate shot at the championship.
The Comanches will have to overcome Southern Section champion West Torrance to win, something they could not do last weekend. In fact, all 7 advancing teams from Mt. SAC look like potential top squads at Woodward Park, setting the stage for another potential Southern Section domination of this division. Mira Costa grades out particularly well in our virtual meet, but they barely held off Loyola and Claremont last Saturday.
West Ranch has had some strong performances this season, and let's not forget that Agoura finished 2nd in Division 3 last year. Who could potentially break up this potent Southern Section cartel? Bella Vista looked strong in taking the Sac Joaquin finals, and St. Francis Mountain View emerged from an intense Aside from those two, all of the section finals races in this division were highly competitive with relatively high scores and no dominant teams.
Division 2 Girls Preview: Jeff George The battle between Saugus and Serrano has raged all season, and it should come to a peak this weekend. Saugus is the defending state champion and also won last weekend's Southern Section title narrowly. Serrano was 4th last year but has been neck-and-neck with their rival all season, as evidenced by their scant 4-point loss at Mt. The next group of teams was over 70 points behind these two, making them the favorites to battle it out for the title in Fresno.
That second cluster includes Claremont, Mira Costa, and Capistrano Valley, all of which are capable of making the top 5 at Woodward Park. Interestingly, the top non-Southern Section contenders also battled in pairs in their respective section finals.
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Bella Vista defeated St. Francis Sacramento by only 9 points in the SJS finals two weekends ago which could mean that the teams will be better-rested than their counterparts from SoCal.
Granada won by 15 over Redwood in the North Coast Meet of Champions, as the two teams pulled away from the rest of the field. Finally, Westview held off Mt. Carmel by 5 points for the San Diego Section title. If the section results hold true, expect Bella Vista and Granada to crack the top 4, and then there will be quite a scrum for the remaining spots in the top However, it's not at all out of the question to see the second-place team from any of those sections run well and move up.
Vuncannon, a 5-foot, pound beatbox champion, has made major waves after recently taking up the event and moving to California this year; it would be a storybook season finish for the multi-talented teen. The boys shot put is more wide open. Cochran is the state leader atheading up a trio of foot performers along with Kovar and Hunter-Simms tossing around the pound ball, but Arroyo Grande's Garrett Weinreich made a major statement by beating all the top names at last Friday's Southern Section Masters Meet.
Another big name to track is Gridley's Ryan Donnahoe, who powered out to a lifetime-best Miles Poullard of Colony -- the only 7-footer in the state this spring -- and California of San Ramon's Noel Frazier, a highly consistent performer, are additional top-line entries. The pole vault has taken on an air of uncertainty as state leader Colin Barber of San Ramon Valley -- at 16 feet, 7 inches -- is injured and has been struggling of late.
The boys long jump has developed much interest in recent weeks, with a deep list of at least a half dozen footers taking shape. However, none has been truly consistent this spring. Perhaps the biggest threat to win the crown could be a sophomore — Serra's Adoree' Jackson, who spanned a wind-aided at his league final, among the best marks by a California tenth grader in years. The boys triple jump field is headlined by World Youth Championships competitor Jaelen Spencer of Sultana, whose Notre Dame, with sprint maven Khalfani Muhammad leading the and fields and representing in the short relay, is also right there, with dasher Eric McDaniel's potential for bonus team points in the looming large.
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Rio Mesa, led by dazzling senior speedster Blake Selig, and Darren Fahy-led La Costa Canyon are among those harboring solid threats to land on the podium with a top-three team finish. Regardless of who the team champion ends up being, chances are very good that their identity won't be determined until all the 4x relay teams have crossed the line.
That's where defending champion Cami Chapus of Harvard-Westlake takes on bronze medalist Nikki Hiltz of Aptos in the showdown of showdowns. Everyone in the state — and across the country, for that matter — knows about Chapus, but Hiltz is every bit just as good. Both are strong, very athletic, and harbor nasty speed. Chapus has clocked 4: Those are two of the top four times nationally this spring and all indications are there's more in the tank.
If this comes down to a finishing kick after an honest pace, it's anyone's game and the all-time list will come under serious assault! From there, Colony's Xochitl Navarrete — the only girl ever to beat Sarah Baxter in high school competition, doing so at meters — and Palos Verdes' Rebecca Mehra are the best of the rest in an event where the Southern Section could dominate.
The meter battle might not end up to be much of one at the front, not with the way Simi Valley's Baxter is looking of late.
The reigning cross-country national champion recently broke 4: She looked ultra-tough last weekend in winning the Southern Section Masters Meet in The great 'wild-card' entry in the is Buchanan phenom Hagen Reedy. Not only is she an amazing talent; she might be the best clutch performer in the field and — as if she needed any help — she'll be competing on her home track in front of scores of family and friends. Talent absolutely litters the m entry list in what could become the deepest eight lapper in state meet history, with several girls capable of threatening On the topic of depth, we've never seen an meter state field as promising as this one, with a slew of kids capable of smashing the esteemed 2: But aside from all the hype and hoopla, it should by Harvard-Westlake's Amy Weissenbach and Templeton's Savannah Camacho likely going Weissenbach set a National Federation record 2: Camacho is capable of also dipping under 2: Mary's, fell victim to a CIF season-ending injury.
Long Beach Poly senior Traci Hicks hurdling, at left, in Kirby Lee photo has since taken over the reins in the event, roaring to a shocking Her chief nemesis in trying to snag valuable team points should be Wilson's club training mate, Sasha Wallace of Holy Names in Oakland, whose windy Rancho Cucamonga's Jordie Munford, who seemingly had Hicks on the ropes at the Southern Section Masters Meet last weekend, is another major major threat in the highs.
Munford, however, might prove too tough to catch in what still ranks as a star-studded meter hurdles field. She steamrolled the competition en route to a then-nation-leading Multiple girls will aim to muscle their way into the 41s. Dos Pueblos' Stamatia Scarvelis has been closing in on the foot barrier in recent weeks, including her state-leading Alemany's Nia Britt has gone Jamison pulled off the surprise win at last year's state meet while Sapa captured the bronze medal.
Okwelogu is the Central Section champion competing on her hometown turf. From former national record holders to future Olympians, our female aerialists have always dazzled on the U. This year — and perhaps for years to come — the trend looks to be continuing. Santa Margarita's Kaitlyn Merritt took over the state lead with her foot, 3-inch clearance to win her divisional finals meet two weeks ago, setting a national record for ninth graders in the process.
Merritt would do very well to claim the gold here, but experience could play a huge role on this stage. The top returnee in the state, Johnson captured the silver medal here last year and is coached by none other than former world record holder Stacy Dragila.
Junior Mimi Lian is another top entry, representing a Rancho Bernardo program with an ultra-rich history in the event. San Jose Presentation's Taylore Jacques is the fourth footer in the field as California boasts 4 of the top 10 girls in the nation in this event!
The girls triple jump doesn't figure to be as wide open — not with Holy Names' Sasha Wallace roaming the pits. Wallace has a near inch advantage on the field with her monstrous Mary's Academy's Rachel Tolliver are the only other 40 footers entered.
In the long jump, El Camino's Jasmine Gibbs, who soared a wind-aided feet in San Diego league finals action, is the top performer in that event, with Silverado's Ashlie Curenton holding the best wind legal mark of the year at feet The hardest event to handicap clearly is the girls high jump, where co-state leaders Alex Florent of Harvard-Westlake and Claire Kieffer-Wright of South Pasadena lead the charts, but no jumper anywhere has been ultra-consistent.
If she regains that winning form, she might emerge as the biggest threat in Clovis. Because of one special rising talent, however, there could be more electricity on the way in So long as Long Beach Poly's Ariana Washington can get in the blocks no injuries or sickness and get safely out of the blocks no false startsthe battles in the girls sprints should be for second place.
If she can keep that hot streak going, Long Beach Poly could be well on its way to a record 12th girls team title and also a record fifth crown in a row.
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Gibbs has been flying well under 12 seconds in the m recently and used that same speed to stretch nearly 21 feet in the long jump! You also want to keep an eye on Gardena Serra's Alexis Faulknor. The, long jump and both relays. Under meet rules, she can only do four different events over the two-day meet and it's too late for her to scratch from any individual events without violating the meet's "Honest Effort" rule.
So she'll have to scratch from one of Serra's relays; we'll see how that impacts the Cavaliers' overall team-title chances at this ultra-deep state meet. In the girlstwo names really stick out going into the stretch drive. In Northern California, Rosemont's Nia Dorner has twice posted state-leading times and holds a best of It'd be a bit surprising if one of those two doesn't emerge as state champion.