By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Remontay McClain made history last year, and the Covina High School senior, who scored a rare double in winning the 100- and 200- meter runs at the CIF State track and field championships, plans on making more this season. “I think he’s naturally motivated,” Covina coach Kevin Glaspy said. “He understands that winning last year did not come easy. If anything, he’s even more hungry this year and works as hard as anyone. “We’ve had talks about it, and he wants to do it again. He’s up for the challenge.”
McClain, so far, is setting a strong pace to get back to track and field’s final day. The season is less than a month old, but the senior already has one of the top times in the state, taking first in the 100 at last weekend’s Cougar Classic at Azusa Pacific University with a blistering 10.62-second run. He also was first in the 200 with a 21.88 sprint.
His time in the 100 tied for the top mark in the state this season, joining Jovonte Slater of Vista Murrieta. The 21.88 ranks third in the state in the 200.
He’ll look to add to those numbers when he competes in the Meet of Champions on Saturday at APU.
“It’s going really well,” Glaspy said. “We’re using the same recipe as last year. The training (last year) was perfect. He improved his time each week, so if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
“Right now, we’re ahead of last year’s pace. This time last year, his best was a 10.94. The 10.62 is quite an improvement. He’s very fast for now.”
New York, New York?
Arroyo will host the Meet of Champions on Saturday at APU, and this year the annual meet features a bonus event, the “Best of the West” Dream Mile and 100-meter races.
The winners of the boys and girls mile and 100 will qualify for the adidas Grand Prix on June 11 in New York. That meet will feature the top male and female milers and sprinters in the country.
Hall shines at UCLA
While at Ayala, Jessica Hall was one of the top high school softball pitchers in the country.
She’s continued that success at UCLA.
The freshman is 12-4 with a solid 2.28 earned-run average for the No. 7 Bruins, who are 20-5 heading into next week’s Pac-10 opener against visiting Oregon State.
Hall is coming off a three- hit effort in UCLA’s 12-1 victory over St. Mary’s last week.