There was plenty to be proud of for San Bernardino County and Inland Valley at the CIF State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Clovis Buchanan.
First, the facility. Beautiful, I think it served the event well. Attendance was 8.143 Friday and 9,517 Saturday. Down a little in years past, but the facility could’ve handled a few more with auxiliary stands set up at one end. Economy maybe played a part. Weather was very mild and no rain so that wasn’t a problem.
The highlights from the area:
Claremont’s Kori Carter wins both the 100 and 300 hurdles after finishing fourth and first last year. She’s only the fourth girl in 17 years of two hurdles races to win both at state. By winning both events, Claremont’s “team” (consisting only of Carter) finished in a tie for fourth in the team standings.
Diamond Ranch’s Karynn Dunn was third in the 100 hurdles, and won the long jump after taking second in the long jump last year. Diamond Ranch’s “team” (again, consisting only of Dunn at State) finished in sixth with 16 points.
The 100 hurdles also had Etiwanda’s Monisha Davis (fourth) and Carter’s Shanice Stewart (fifth), meaning four of the top five in the state in the event came from the Inland Valley.
Stewart also made the finals in the long jump, finishing eighth.
Ayala’s Obum Gwacham, the incredible athlete going to Oregon State for football, was second in the high jump after clearing 6-11, and finished third in the triple jump.
Chino Hills junior Josh Mance taking second on the 400, running a PR of 46.41 seconds.
Here’s how others from the area did at finals: Upland’s Tyler Brady (10th in 1600), Summit’s Devon Blackmon (ninth, 110 hurdles), Etiwanda’s Vanessa Jones (fourth, 400), Silverado’s Shawna Fermin (fifth, 400), Rancho Cucamonga’s Angelica Weaver (fifth, 300 hurdles), Barstow‘s Isaac Chavez (eighth, 3200) and
As far as outside the area highlights, Shafter’s Anna Jelmini winning the shot put (50-5 3/4) and discus (186-9) and setting a state meet record in the discus was a highlight.
Riverside La Sierra’s Reggie Wyatt won both the 300 hurdles and the 400, but he was unable to break the national record he set in the 300 hurdles on Friday.
San Luis Obispo Mission Prep’s Jordan Hasay finished off an incredible high school career, winning the girls 3200 meters for the fourth straight year.