By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
Several area standouts expect to contend for titles at the CIF-Southern Section track and field finals at Mt. San Antonio College Saturday, which begins with field events at 11 a.m.,
and running events at 1 p.m.
Bonita High senior Toure McCully leads all qualifiers in the Division 3 boys 110-meter hurdles, boasting a 14.23 clocking at last weeks prelims, just a tad better than Damien senior Jarrett Gonzalez (14.37), who qualified second.
It could be a big day for Gonzalez, who is hoping to double after posting the top qualifying mark in the 300 hurdles (37.43) with Diamond Ranch’s Andrew Fischer third in 37.91, though many consider Fischer the favorite. Wilson senior Joshua Nelson is hoping to medal
in the 300 hurdles after qualifying sixth in 39.98.
Bonita sophomore Nikki Wheatley, the area girls basketball player of the year, was the story of the Division 3 meet at last week’s prelims at Estancia High School, posting the best qualifying mark in the long and triple jump, and tying for first with several others in the high
Wheatley’s 18 foot, four-inch leap in the long jump was three inches better than the next competitor and her 38-3 leap in the triple jump was more than a foot better than the second-best qualifying mark.
In the high jump, Wheatley and nine others (which includes St. Lucy’s sophomore Kelsey Remige) all qualified with the same mark of 5-01,though Alemany’s Savannah Forry is the favorite with a season-best 5-6 in the books. (To continue click thread).
Bonita distance specialist Marissa Scott, the Hacienda League champ in the 800 and 1,600 meters, qualified eighth in the 800 (2:17.41) and ninth in the 1,600 (5:04.12). Bonita sophomore Dillon Nobbs qualified fifth in the boys’ 1,600 meters in 4:17.57. Damien’s Logan Tracey qualified second in the boys discus (159-8),Los Altos’ Brittany Fulton seventh in the girls’ 100 meters (12.29),
South Hills’ Candace Williams seventh in the 200 meters (25.19) and Covina’s Emily Sanchez eighth in the 100 hurdles (15.94) and seventh in the triple jump (35-11).
Northview’s Cassie Ramirez qualified seventh in the girls’ shot put (37-5), Bishop Amat’s Darren Andrews eighth in both the 100 meters (10.87) and 200 meters (22.10), and Covina’s Dre Mercado qualified eighth in the girls’ pole vault (10-03).
In Division 2, Rowland’s Nick Rivera, Claremont’s Klyvens Delunay and Ayala freshman Jaela Williams will all challenge for titles. Rivera is the favorite in the 1,600 meters and showed why in the prelims with a lead-qualifying time of 4:18.79. Rivera’s teammate
David Galvez was ninth in 4:21.18.
Rivera is also hoping to win or medal in the 800 meters. He qualified fourth in 2:00.69, but Rivera owns the best seed time of 1:53.71.
Delunay is hoping to double in the long and triple jump, posting the second-best qualifying marks in both, going 22-7 in the long jump and 46-8 in the triple. Williams should be a force for years to come.
Williams qualified fifth in the 100 hurdles in 15.49, but has the second-best season-mark of all competitors of 14.58. Williams qualified eighth in the 300 hurdles in 46.03, but can do a
lot better, with a season-best 44.96, the second-best mark in Division 2 this season.
Williams is a threat to medal in three events, qualifying fifth in the long jump in 17-8.
Glendora girls pole vaulter Makayla Jacoub is hoping to win the title after qualifying second with leap of 10-feet. She’s gone 10-8 before, which makes her one of the favorites.
Glendora has a pair of girls competing in the discus. Rocky Barholomew and Kaylee Fink qualified eighth and ninth respectively. Claremont’s Brittany Brown qualified third in the girls 100 meters (11.94) and Ayala’s Ifunanya Gwachum was third in the triple jump