Bonita’s Marissa Scott, Toure McCully, Rowland’s Nick Rivera and Diamond Ranch’s Andrew Fischer lead the way at Hacienda League finals

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By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
There were no surprises at Thursday’s Hacienda League track and field finals, Bonita’s distance specialist Marissa Scott and Bonita sprinter Toure McCully won three titles in preparation for next week’s CIF-Southern Section prelims.

Super senior Nick Rivera of Rowland dominated in winning the 800 and 1,600 meters, state favorite Andrew Fischer set a personal-best in the 300 hurdles and Diamond Bar’s Udodi Okwandu dominated the girls muscle events in winning the 100 and 200 meters, and Rowland’s Desdrith Mejia won both girls hurdle events.

Scott, the area cross country runner of the year, set meet records in winning the 800 (2:19.23), 1,600 (5:17.64) and 3,200-meters (11:37.33).

She wasn’t challenged in any of the races.

“It’s a big accomplishment for me,” Scott said. “I think I can go a lot faster in the mile and two mile, we’ll have to see how it goes at CIF. But I’m proud of myself. I’ve worked really hard with cross country and track the last two years.”

McCully started the day wanting to set a personal best in the long jump and did just that with a winning leap of 22-10 to finish first.

McCully also won the 100 meters in 10.95 and dominated his signature event, the 110 hurdles, winning in 14.32.

McCully is hoping to win a Division 3 title in the hurdles.

“I came here wanting to take care of business and it was a good day,” McCully said. “I think I have a good shot at CIF in the hurdles. I won at the San Gabriel Valley championships and all the good hurdlers in my division were there, so we’ll see what happens.”

Rivera toned in down this season after competing in four events last year. He dominated his two events, winning the 800 in 1:53.70 and 1,600 in 4:21.85.

Rivera will be among the favorites in both events in Division 2.

“I backed off running to many events and feel much stronger concentrating on the events I do best,” Rivera said. “I’m not sure which race I will focus on the most next week, but I really feel like I can run a fast mile. In the 800, I feel like I can go 1:50.”

The Harvard-bound Fischer advanced to Masters in the 300 hurdles last year and was second in the Division 3 meet.

He’s hoping to take it a step further and is on the right track after a personal-best 37.79 to win the 300 hurdles.

“I feel much better with my steps,” Fischer said. “I’m very confident.”

Okwandu won the 100 in 12.40 and the 200 in 25.76.

Mejia won the 100 hurdles in 16.11 and 300 hurdles in 47.79.

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  • SGV always seems to have Top hurdlers

    Here is a list of the known top hurdlers that are under 15 sec in the 110m and under 40 sec in the 300m from the SGV, and they are all in the top 10 of their CIF divisions:

    110M
    (III) Mccully (Bonita) 14.34
    (II) Terry Ford (Rowl) 14.66
    (III) Jarrett Gonzales (Dam) 14.68
    (III) S Darius Yabrough (Pom) 14.89
    (III) JR Nelson (Wilson) 14.91
    (I) Jimmy Frazier (W Co) 14.93

    300M
    (III)Jarett Gonzales (Dam) 37.31
    (III) Andrew Fisher (DR) 37.79
    (III) JR Nelson (Wilson) 38.95
    (III) Kilan Price (DR) 39.17
    (I) Chazz Eldridge (C Hills) 39.88

  • Get real

    R U Kidding Me? Who in the world gives a crap about Hurdling events? Especially the most obscure event in track, the 300m hurdles. The only events anyone cares about are the 100m, 200m, and 400m sprints. Everyone knows that the real track stars run the sprint events not the hurdles.

  • Edwin Moses

    Sure about that?

  • Real

    Edwin Moses might take issue with that comment.

  • Middy

    Get Real….

    You need to get real, The 300H and the 800m are arguable the toughest events in all of TRACK and FIELD. But you obviously know nothing of that.

  • Danny Harris

    Edwin Moses was a P***y!

  • Real

    If we define p***y as:

    8 time gold medalist, Sports Illustrated Athlete of the year, ABC wide world of sports athlete of the year, jesse owens award recipient, and top 50 ESPN Sports century athlete…then I agree, he is a p***y

    you guys are hilarious

    haters must hate, that’s what they do, I get it

    just can’t believe the amount of hatorade folks drink on this board, they must be sellin’ that sh*t by truckload

  • U R missing the point ‘get real’

    the point of the first posting was that there are several hurdlers from the SGV that are at the top of their CIF lists, especially in Div 3.

    That same list for the 100, 200, and 400 for the SGV is much much shorter with to tiered athletes

    remember McClain graduated last year

  • For real

    No hate here just saying exactly what most people think. Hurdlers run the hurdles because they aren’t talented enough to compete in the sprinter events. Statement of fact, these 8 posts are the most posts ever posted about hurdlers in the history of all blogs combined. That’s how irrelevant hurdler events are in track & field.

  • Dearest Real:

    yesterday in the 4×400 at nogales, JR Nelson ran 49 sec as the leadoff runner for wilson, and I know for a fact that Andrew Fisher is a few steps faster, making their 400 times among the top of any 400 list. I’ve seen Gonzales from Damien be just as fast.

    Maybe the sprinters run straight ahead because they cant jump and are not talented enough to do two things at once?? is that possible??

  • Real

    @ For real

    Look up the name Renaldo Nehemiah- along with the info below, kinda disproves your theory, you and “most people” and “all blogs”

    just trying to educate a little here

  • Danny Harris

    @Real:

    For someone who’s looking back some years in History, look up Danny Harris. OBVIOUSLY, you didn’t get the joke.

  • Real

    I get it Danny. My comments wouldn’t have changed, probably just said with a bigger grin.