By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The targets were squarely on their backs this season, but if anything, the pressure to live up to expectations just made Covina High School’s Remontay McClain and Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price stronger. And in the end, nobody in the area proved to be better. For their efforts, McClain and Price are the Tribune boys and girls track and field Athletes of the Year. (To continue click thread).
ALL AREA TRACK AND FIELD
Athlete of the Year – Remontay McClain, Covina, Sr.
Coach of the Year – Kevin Glaspy, Covina
Sprints: Beejay Lee, West Covina, Sr.
Hurdles: Andrew Fischer, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Hurdles: Toure McCully, Bonita, Jr.
Distance: Paul Ross, Claremont, Sr.
Field: Marquise Cherry, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Sprints: Andrew Aguirre, Damien, Jr.
Sprints: Patrick MacMullen, Damien, Sr.
Distance: Nick Rivera, Rowland, Sr.
Field: Klyvens Delaunay, Claremont, Jr.
Field: Farhan Jangda, Walnut, Sr.
Athlete of the Year – Kylie Price, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Coach of the Year – Dan Lodolo, Bishop Amat
Utility: Katherine Salcido, San Dimas, Sr.
Sprints: Brea Buchanan, Ayala, Sr.
Distance: Marissa Horton, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Field: Taylor Bernhard, West Covina, Jr.
Field: Ivy Nunez, Arroyo, Jr.
Sprints: Khalalah Todd, Northview, Sr.
Sprints: Brittany Brown, Claremont, So.
Sprints: Yamani Wallace, San Dimas, So.
Hurdles: Ericka Johnson, Rowland, Sr.
Distance: Marissa Scott, Bonita, So.
Field: Sarah Barnum, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Covina boys coach Kevin Glaspy and Bishop Amat girls coach Dan Lodolo are area Coaches of the Year.
The boys first team features West Covina’s Beejay Lee, Diamond Ranch’s Andrew Fischer and Marquise Cherry; Bonita’s Toure McCully and Claremont’s Paul Ross.
San Dimas triple threat Katherine Salcido leads the girls first team, which also includes Ayala’s Brea Buchanan, St. Lucy’s Marissa Horton, West Covina’s Taylor Bernhard and Arroyo’s Ivy Nunez.
This was a season, though, that might be remembered for the performance of McClain, who set a new area standard by becoming just the third athlete in California track history to repeat as CIF State champion in the 100 and 200 meters, dominating both events at the CIF State championships in Clovis.
The senior was the sprinter to beat from Day One of the season, facing challenges from Serra’s George Farmer, Lee and Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks’ Khalfani Muhammad.
McClain beat them all, winning the 100 at the state meet with a steady 10.39 seconds, ahead of Muhammad, who was second at 10.64. He then achieved his historical repeat by cruising to a time of 20.95 in the 200 to beat Muhammad (21.45) and Lee (21.49) by half a second. It was the largest margin of victory in the event in state history.
“It felt great to do that,” said McClain, who’ll run for NAIA track power Azusa Pacific next season. “It was my goal to repeat. I’m glad I achieved it.
“It was all about having fun this year. I didn’t put anything on my shoulders.”
McClain finished off the season by placing third in the Dream 100 (10.59) at the adidas Grand Prix in New York.
“That was a fun experience,” he said. “I was out there for six days, and got to meet and race against the top eight guys in the country. It was great.”
Price also had a top finish to her career, winning the 100 and 200 at the CIF-SS Division 3 meet, the 100 and long jump at CIF-SS Masters, and finishing second in the 100 at the state meet.
“I thought I did really good this year,” said Price, who’ll join older brother Sheldon at UCLA next season. “The is was my third year winning the 100 for my division at the (CIF-SS championships), so I’m really proud of that.
“I wanted a little better at state. I was working for first and wound up getting second, but I’m proud of myself and what I accomplished this season. I’m just ready for college now.”
Price, who ranked among the state leaders all season, finished second in the state at 11.79 after winning the divisional title at 11.81 and the Masters championship at 11.77. She also qualified for the state meet in the long jump, but didn’t advance to the finals.
Glaspy’s Colts topped all area teams with a ninth-place finish in Division 3. Covina was led by McClain, but also placed ninth in the boys 4×100 relay.
Lodolo helped the Bishop Amat girls team place third in Division 3. The Lancers, in addition to Price’s efforts, also got a third-place finish in the 4×100 relay (48.9) and a sixth-place finish from Franceline Almanza in the discus (113-1).
The boys first team features three athletes – Lee, Ross and Cherry – who advanced to the state championships.
Lee finished second in the 200 at the CIF-SS divisional and Masters meets and third at the state meet behind McClain.
Cherry won the long jump (19-7 3/4) in Division 3 before finishing ninth (21-5 1/2) at the state meet.
Ross was second in the 3,200 at 9:03.38 in Division 1 before placing 14th (9:00.35) at the state meet.
Fischer was second in Division 3 in the 300 hurdles (37.95), with McCully second in the 110 hurdles (14.55), also in Division 3. Both advanced to Masters.
Salcido was a big threat for San Dimas at the Division 3 meet. She won the 110 hurdles (14.09) and finished third and seventh, respectively, in the long jump (18-8) and high jump (5-2). She also qualified for the Masters Meet in the long jump and 110 hurdles.
Buchanan joined Price at the state meet, finishing sixth in the 100 (12.11). The Ayala senior won the 100 (11.74) and 100 hurdles (13.90) in Division 2 and was third in the 100 hurdles (13.94) and fourth in the 100 (11.95) at Masters.
Horton was the top distance runner in the area, finishing seventh in the 800 (2:18.48) in Division 3.
Nunez scored a fourth-place finish in the discus (124-10) in Division 2.
Bernhard was the top pole vaulter, placing third (11-3) in Division 1. She also qualified for Masters.