Chaffey athlete wins state title

Freshman Khallifah Rosser of Chaffey posted a 52.08 and finished first in the 400-meter hurdles at the California Community College Athletic Association state meet at the College of San Mateo on Saturday.

He went into the meet ranked first with an “A” standard of 51.48 that qualified him for the U.S. Junior Championships next month in Des Moines, Iowa.

“I didn’t think of it as pressure,” said Rosser, a graduate of Summit High School, “I really just tried to focus on the race.”

Rosser had a minor distraction to overcome as his shoe came untied in the middle of the race.

“It was definitely a distraction,” he said. “I am happy to have won.”

Chaffey’s 4×100 relay of Rosser, Walter Ford, Derick Smith and Fabian Griffith placed fourth (40.88) with a school-record. Griffith also placed eighth in the 100- meter dash (10.67).

There was some disappointment for San Bernardino Valley as sophomore Shanice Stewart was unable to go in the heptathlon and 100 hurdles because of ankle injury sustained in practice Monday.

She repeated as champion in the long jump on Friday, which eased the disappointment of not getting to compete in the other events. She was second in state last year in the heptathlon.

“I was able to win another state title and that’s what I really wanted to do,” said Stewart, who is headed to Texas Tech in the fall.

Riverside dominated the meet with 151, far outdistancing runner-up Mt. SAC (60). It was the fifth state title in six years for the Tigers. Cerritos was the women’s champion (91).