CIF-Southern Section Division 1-4 finals results with videos.
Above: Bishop Amat High School’s Kylie Price wins in the 100 meter race during the CIF-SS Track and Field Finals at Cerritos College.
By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Kylie Price was right Saturday. The Bishop Amat High School junior won two events to highlight area performances during the CIF-Southern Section track and field championships at Cerritos College. Price finished first in the Division 3 long jump and 100-meter run and also was a solid second in the 200. Covina’s Remontay McClain, who won the Division 3 100; Bonita’s Jabre Millon, who won the Division 3 triple jump; and Diamond Ranch’s Marquise Cherry, who was first in the Division 3 long jump, were the other area competitors with first-place efforts. (To continue, click thread)
Price and McClain qualified for the CIF-SS Masters Meet, which is scheduled for Friday at Cerritos College.
Other area qualifiers for the Masters included West Covina’s Ricky Johnson (300 hurdles, 38.30 seconds); San Dimas’ Katherine Salcido (long jump, 17 feet, 10 1/4 inches) and Erika Kalmar (400, 55.84); St. Lucy’s Sarah Barnum (long jump, 17-11 1/4); Bishop Amat’s Darien Johnson (110 hurdles, 14.40) and Illiana Ibrahim (triple jump, 37-7 1/4); and Diamond Ranch’s Koree Hines (110, 14.33) and Ryan Gibson (110, 14.41).
“This is a really good feeling (to win two CIF-SS titles),” Price said. “Last year I only won one, so it’s always better to improve.”
Price, who won at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in April, set the tone early, taking the long jump with a personal best of 19-4 3/4. She edged Abrianna Torres (19-4) of San Luis Obispo. She also beat her qualifying time by more than a foot.
“I was real happy with my long jump because my step was off and I changed it this week in practice,” Price said. “Now I jump (19-4 3/4), which was the furthest I’ve jumped.”
Price was dominant in the 100, easily winning the 100 with a time of 11.76, 0.12 seconds quicker than her qualifying time. She also was second in the 200 (24.80), losing to Woodbridge’s Gabrielle Scott (24.29).
“I thought I did very good (in the 100),” Price said. “I (had a personal record), which is also what you hope for.”
McClain was also quite impressive on Saturday. He dominated the Division 3 100, finishing 0.21 seconds ahead of Orange Lutheran’s Damani Wilson (10.76) to easily finish first with a time of 10.55, which was his quickest run of the year. He nearly doubled up but was nipped by Woodbridge’s Jalen Craver in the 200, losing with a 21.05 to Craver’s 21.04.
“It’s a big thing to win a CIF title,” McClain said. “I thank God for winning Division 3. This is the best. I’ve been working hard to get faster, and it paid off today.”
Cherry, taking advantage of a disqualification by top qualifier Derron Smith of Banning, won the long jump with a leap of 22-1, two inches off his mark during last week’s prelims. San Dimas’ Michael Thompson was third at 21-9 1/2. Smith, who had leaps of 23-3 and 23-1/4, was disqualified for a uniform infraction.
Millon took first in the Division 3 triple jump, beating second-place Shan Rowen of San Marcus by more than three inches with a leap of 45-4 3/4.
Other solid efforts by area athletes included second-place finishes by Hines of Diamond Ranch, Kalmar of San Dimas and Jason Perez of South El Monte in Division 3.
Perez, a two-time area cross country runner of the year, used a solid kick down the stretch to finish second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:17.99. Hines led a trio of area competitors in the 110 hurdles, taking second at 14.31. Johnson was fourth at 14.40 and Gibson fifth at 14.41. Kalmar also used a strong kick to finish a close second in the 400 (55.84).
Salcido finished third in the Division 3 100 hurdles (14.33) and was sixth in the long jump (17-10 1/4).
West Covina’s Beejay Lee, who earlier this season had one of the quicker times in the country in the 100, finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the Division 1 100 and 200.