WEEKEND FEATURE ON DAMIEN SPEEDSTER ZACH SHINNICK: The 400 meters might be the toughest high school track and field event. Athletes need speed and endurance to be successful.
Zach Shinnick, the fastest sophomore in the state, manages to have both.
“Besides the 400 hurdles in college and the 800, it has to be the hardest race,” the Damien High School sophomore said. “You have to sprint and you have to have strength to finish. Not many people have the best of both. I’m blessed to have both.“My times are a little bit surprising. Not many people think someone can do this when you’re so young. I knew I could do it. I believe in my capabilities to run these times.”
RESULTS: Area track and field guru Bob Ramsey will keep everyone up to date with this week’s area league track and field finals. I’ll post links on this thread of any video from events you want to share along with links to results from this week’s finals. We start with the Palomares, which finished on Wednesday.
Del Rey League
Del Rey League finals story: Bishop Amat’s Ally Palomino dominates with a double in 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
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Palomares league finals story: Veronica Smeltzer (Sr, Glendora) led the girls with three wins – 15.39/100 hurdles (#5 SGV, GHS record), 200/26.06 & 4×400/4:02.85 #3 SGV). But she was rivaled by two All-Time SGV performances. Bonita senior Cassidy Peng’s 11-00 pole vault win moves her to #13= All-Time, and #2 this year.
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Miramonte League finals story: Desmond Bobo (Sr, Pomona) took home four (!) first place medals and had the top performances in the meet. His 11.07 (2.8w) 100m win ranks 7th SGV and his 21-01.50 long jump best makes him #9 SGV. He was also best in the 200 – 22.99w and 4×100 – 43.77.Garey junior Brenae Jones matched Desmond’s three individual wins. She took the high jump: 4-06, long jump: 14-11, and triple jump: 33-00.
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Mission League finals story: People in the Mission League run really fast – it is one of the two or three strongest League meets in the country. St. Francis is the sole SGV member of that league, and their two best team members represented well at Thursday’s meet at Occidental College.Jasher Foster on his way to his best race… yet. Junior Jasher Foster won 110 Hurdles in 14.43, breaking his own school record. He ranks #2 SGV, and moves into the SGV All-Time Top 50 at #46. Jasher took over the SGV lead with his second place PR 38.56 in the 300 hurdles.