Track & Field: Covina two-time state champ Remontay McClain and Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price top Tribune all-area honors

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Timing is everything in sports, and no two area high school athletes had better timing than Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price and Covina’s Remontay McClain. They showed it with impressive performances at the CIF State track and field championships. McClain became Covina’s first state champion in more than eight decades and Price, with a solid second-place finish, enjoyed the best effort by a Lancer in recent memory. For their efforts, McClain and Price have been named 2010 Tribune track and field Athletes of the Year. (To continue reading click thread).


2010 ALL-AREA TRACK AND FIELD
Boys

Coach of the Year: Dr. Mike Williams, Damien
Athlete of the Year: Remontay McClain, Covina, Jr.
First Team
Sprints: Beejay Lee, West Covina, Jr.
Hurdler: Koree Hines, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Distance: Anthony Castro, Glendora, Jr.
Field: James Grigorian, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Field: Marquise Cherry, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Second Team
Sprints: Patrick Macmullen, Damien, Jr.
Hurdles: Ricky Johnson, West Covina, Sr.
Distance: Jayson Perez, South El Monte, Sr.
Field: Jabre Millon, Bonita, Jr.
Field: Ryan Sanders, Walnut, Sr.


Girls
Coaches of the Year:
Athlete of the Year: Kylie Price, Bishop Amat, Jr.
First Team
Sprints: Erika Kalmar, San Dimas, Sr.
Sprints/Field: Katherine Salcido, San Dimas, Jr.
Distance: Marissa Horton, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Field: Sarah Barnum, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Field: Illiana Ibrahim, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Second Team
Sprints: Shannon McKee, San Dimas, Jr.
Sprints: Khalahah Todd, Northview, Jr.
Distance: Ashley Holguin, South Hills, Sr.
Field: Katie Yeager, South Hills, Sr.
Field: Jackie Ford, Covina, Sr.


The boys first-team selections include Diamond Ranch’s Koree Hines and Marquise Cherry, West Covina’s Beejay Lee, Glendora’s Anthony Castro and Diamond Bar’s James Grigorian. Damien’s Dr. Mike Williams is Coach of the Year.

The girls first-team members include Erika Kalmar and Katherine Salcido of San Dimas; Sarah Barnum and Marissa Horton of St. Lucy’s Priory and Illiana Ibrahim of Bishop Amat. San Dimas’ Nicki Bonomo and Gary Jackson are co-Coaches of the Year.

McClain’s rise to the top was steady throughout the year and finished with victories in the 100 and 200 meters at the state championships.

“I went to the weight room to put in the work and to put (Covina) on the map,” the junior sprinter said. “From the beginning of the year, it was to put Covina on the map somehow.

“It feels great to put Covina on the map for the first time in a while.”

McClain battled Lee for area supremacy in the 100 and lost head-to-head battles to the West Covina sprinter in April. But he picked up steam late in the season and turned in his best performances of the year during the final three weekends of the season.

The junior won the 100 (10.55 seconds) and finished second in the 200 at the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals; he finished second and first, respectively, in the 100 (10.53) and 200 (21.0) at Masters before sweeping both events at the state championships to become Covina’s first state titlist since Ed Cloege won the 880 in 1924. McClain won the 100 in 10.45 and the 200 in 20.85.

“I’m not a cocky person,” McClain said. “I was just trying to run my race and get first, and I did.”

Price also enjoyed a banner season in which she improved from week to week. She had the best weekend in the area at the divisional finals in winning the long jump (19 feet, 4 1/4 inches) and 100 (11.76) and finishing second in the 200 (24.80) in Division 3. She was the area’s only multiple-event winner that weekend.

She then took second and third, respectively, in the long jump (19-1 3/4) and 100 (11.75) at the Masters. The junior capped it at the state meet, where she was second in the long jump (19-10 3/4) and sixth in the 100 (11.75).

“I was surprised I jumped (19-10),” Price said. “When I heard it, it put a shock on my face. After that, I felt really comfortable.”

Damien’s Williams and the San Dimas duo of Bonomo and Jackson earned coaching honors after leading their respective teams to top-five finishes at the CIF-SS divisional championships.

The Spartans finished fifth in Division 2 after getting a second-place finish from their 400 relay team (42.19) and top-five finishes from Jarrett Gonzales in both hurdles events.

The Saints took fifth in Division 3 after getting top marks from Kalmar and Salcido, who both advanced to the Masters Meet. Kalmar also advanced to the state meet.

Hines was one of four area athletes to qualify for the state meet, along with McClain, Price and Kalmar. He was the top hurdler in the area in placing fourth in the 110 at the Masters and 11th at the state meet.

Lee was one of the top sprinters early in the season and even beat McClain twice in back-to-back meetings in April. But he slowed late and, despite finishing fourth in the 100 in Division 1 in 10.71, failed to qualify for the Masters.

Castro, area cross country Runner of the Year in the fall, proved to be the best distance runner in the area. He was a solid sixth in the Division 2 3,200 race in 9:27.85.

Diamond Ranch’s Cherry, won the long jump (22-01) in Division 3, and Diamond Bar’s Grigorian was the area’s best thrower. He finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in the Division 1 shot put (53-2 1/4) and discus (137-5).

The San Dimas duo of Kalmar and Salcido led the girls first team.

Kalmar earned a trip to the state meet and finished 16th in the 400. She also finished second (55.84) in that event in Division 3 and eighth (56.04) at the Masters.

Salcido was one of the top sprinters and jumpers and took seventh at the Masters in the long jump (18-2 1/4).

Barnum, another top jumper, advanced to the Masters, where she placed fifth in the long jump (17-5 3/4). Horton was the top distance runner and finished fifth in the 800 (2:16.24) in Division 3.

Ibrahim advanced to the Masters after finishing third in the triple jump (37-7 1/4) in Division 3.

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  • San Gabriel Valley Track and Field Challenge

    Congratulations to all the track and field athletes that performed outstandingly this past season! It was a great season. Here are some special highlights.

    Beejay Lee, West Covina
    100 meters – 10.60; tied for 7th all-time in San Gabriel valley history
    200 meters – 21.25; #8 all-time in SGV history

    Damien high school relay teams were the best in the SGV this year
    4 x 100 relay – 41.85
    4 x 400 relay – 3:20.48

    Ricky Johnson, West Covina
    110 Hurdles – 14.62
    300 Hurdles – 38.30

    Todd Barnes, Pasadena
    High jump – 6′ 10″; #8 in SGV history

    Marquis Cherry, Diamond Ranch
    Long jump – 22′ 1″; D3 CiF champion

    Michael Perry, La Salle
    Long Jump – 23; 2.5″
    Triple Jump – 43′ 10.5″
    State Finalist

    Jabre Millon, Bonita
    Triple Jump – 45′ 4.5″; D3 CiF champion

    Philippe Ueng, Temple City
    Pole Vault – 15′ 00″; #10 in SGV history

    Amar Moussa, Arcadia
    1600 – 4:10.45; # 3 in SGV history
    3200 – 8:57.82; #6 in SGV history and D1 CiF champion

    Sam Pons, South Pasadena
    1600 – 4:13. 63; #6 in SGV history; D3 CiF champion
    3200 – 8:55.40; #4 in SGV history; D3 CiF champion and State
    champion

    Greg Dotson, Burbank
    800 – 1:49.40; #2 in SGV history; D1 CiF champion; 2nd in State

    Andrew Lantz, Webb
    800 – 1:54.75; D4 CiF champion

    Sergio Gonzalez, Arcadia
    1600 – 4:16.32; #10 in SGV history

    James Grigorian, Diamond Bar
    Shot Put – 54′ 1″;
    Discus – 160′ 00″
    SGVTF Challenge Thrower of the Year

    and of course…

    Remontay McClain, Covina High School
    Sprinter and Athlete of the Year – SGVTF Challenge
    100 meters – 10.35;
    D3 CiF champion
    2nd at the SS Masters meet
    State Champion
    #1 in the nation for the 2010 high school season
    #1 in San Gabriel Valley history
    #11 All-Time in California track and field history
    200 Meters – 21.00; 20.85 wind-aided
    2nd in CiF
    SS Masters Champion
    State Champion
    Tied for 5th in San Gabriel Valley history with Obea Moore of Muir!

    Awesome!!!

    And for the ladies…

    Monrovia High school
    4 x 100 relay – 47.80; D3 CiF champion

    Alexis Walker, Pasadena
    High Jump – 5′ 8″; D2 CiF champion;
    also jumped 5′ 11″; Tied for #1 in SGV history

    Zibby Boyer, Pasadena Poly
    High Jump – 5′ 6″; D4 CiF champion

    Aikhionbare Itohan, La Salle
    Discus – 131′ 6″; D4 Cif Champion

    Katie Yeager, South Hills
    Pole Vault – 11′ 0″; #10 in SGV history

    Katherine Salcido, San Dimas
    100 Hurdles – 14.29; #9 in SGV history

    San Dimas High school
    Relay Team of the Year – SGVTF Challenge
    4 x 100 – 48.39
    4 x 400 – 3:55.97

    The next three performers are the awesome!

    Catrina McAlister, Arcadia
    800 – 2:14.41; #10 in SGV history
    1600 – 4:50.78; D1 CiF Champion; #7 in SGV history
    3200 – 10:32.44; D1 CiF Champion; #5 in SGV history; State Finalist
    *Two-time CiF champion!
    **What a remarkable year!!!

    Kylie Price, Bishop Amat
    100 meters – 11.76; D3 CiF champion;
    11.68; State finalist; #9 in SGV history
    Long Jump – 19′ 4.75″; D3 CiF champion; #10 in SGV history
    19′ 10.75 wind-aided; State finalist

    Kori Carter, Claremont
    100 Hurdles – 13.55; SGV Record & #9 California All-Time
    13.33 wind-aided; State Champion
    300 Hurdles – 40.44; D2 CiF Champion & State Champion
    SGV #2 in history
    California #6 All-Time
    SGVTF Challenge – Sprinter & Athlete of the Year
    *The only two-time state champion this year in the SGV!
    **She is incredible!

    Congratulations to all!

    Check out sangabrielvalleychallenge.webs.com

  • Amat Track

    Congratulations to all of the SGV athletes especially Kylie from Amat. We AMAT supporters are very proud of you and your accomplishments on the track. On a side note congratulations to Bishop Amat who had 3 female athletes who became SGV Trib athletes of the year in 2010.

    Kylie-Track & Field
    Arielle Widemann-Basketball
    Jasmine Roth-Soccer.

    Keep up the good work Lancer ladies!

  • Frank Corona

    Steve you missed a golden opportunity to do a story on Damien’s “Doc” Williams. He is an exceptional individual who has inspired hundreds of students in so many ways. You will never hear a bad word spoken about the man on Damien soil and that’s saying something.

    On the Track he is a selfless and tireless coach who does every thing for every one. No job is beneath him and every athlete gets his best. Sure Damien has had their big guns but rarely will you find a coach who extends himself more attentively across the board.

    Besides his outstanding accomplishments as a coach he also plays an important role in helping kids find the right school and challenges them to think outside the box. My son tells me all the time, “Doc Williams changed my life because he showed me the possibilities”. Parents respect him, students admire him and his standing as a true mentor is undeniable to all who come in contact with him. Plus the man has no ego and drives a Honda with over 280,000 miles on it, no joke!

    Congratulations “Doc” for all you mean to Damien and for all the ways you inspire the kids on the Track, in the classroom and in their lives…you’re truly a God send. As I’ve told you several times my new mission is to get you into Damien’s Hall of Fame, an unforgivable oversight if there ever was one. Along with Gates, who also won Coach of the Year honors this year, Damien needs to make this right.

    Best of luck “Doc” from a parent who appreciates everything you’ve done for my son and countless others…you’re the best!

  • Anon

    Steve,

    I think you did a good job choosing your all-area track & field team, especially since you combined boys and girls teams this year and therefore were able to include fewer athletes. It would be nice to expand the list next year, just so you can recognize more of our outstanding local track and field athletes.

    Having said that, no love for the relays? I’d like to see some recognition for the outstanding SGV relay teams. I’m glad that the San Gabriel Valley Track & Field Challenge has done so by recognizing the San Dimas High School girls relay team as 2010 Relay Team of the Year. Congratulations to Taylor Jackson, Erika Kalmar, Shannon McKee, and Yamani Wallace for their outstanding job! These four girls run both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, both of which broke league records this year, and advanced to CIF Finals.

    The SDHS relay team also won the seeded 4x200m relay at the Mt. SAC Relays, breaking their own school record. The 4x200m team members were Katherine Salcido, Yamani Wallace, Shannon McKee, and Erika Kalmar.

    Thanks for recognizing all of these hard-working track and field athletes!

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