CIF-SS track preliminaries full of local contenders after league finals

On Thursday, it was Ayala freshman Sydney Tullai dropping jaws at the Sierra League finals track meet by winning the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. (Check out the photo gallery) It’s a combination of events so taxing – “insane,” was the term of preference for Chino Hills coach Richard Morales – that Tullai won’t be able to run all three at CIF-SS Preliminaries on May 11. She’s leaning toward the 3,200, but her decision will be jut one of many interesting story lines heading into the posteason.

On Friday at Baseline League finals (photo gallery) Upland’s Myles Valentine tied the top wind-aided 100 meter time in the state this season with a 10.36-second effort. The runner he tied was defending state champion Khalfani Muhammad, who defeated Valentine two weeks earlier at the Mt. SAC Relays, prompting this statement: “I knew at that point,” Valentine said, “I wasn’t going to finish second again.” He hasn’t.

The Upland sophomore is one of a handful of athletes in the Baseline League with legitimate hopes for a state title. Los Osos’ Victor Bolden is ranked third in the state in the 300 hurdles, Etiwanda’s Miles Parish fifth in the 400 and Rancho Cucamonga hurdler Jordie Munford is a three-time state runner-up battling back from a hamstring injury.

Also, check out our stories on the Hacienda League finals, and the Citrus Belt League finals.