Compiled by Keith Lair
GIRLS TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: HANNAH NANCE, SAN DIMAS
The funny part about high jumpers is their “feel.”High jumpers must “feel” the mood to perform their best. One slight hiccup and the event is anybody’s game.
San Dimas High School’s Hannah Nance had the right “feel” for most of the 2016 season. The senior capped a stellar career with a top performance in the CIF State meet and has earned San Gabriel Valley Tribune track and field athlete of the year honors.
Nance finished eighth in state with a jump of 5 feet, 5 inches.
“It felt way better than last year and I was pretty bad last year,” she said of her second consecutive appearance at the meet.
Nance was very consistent in her senior year. She won three invitational meets, including the San Gabriel Valley Championships on her home track. She won her fourth consecutive Valle Vista League title, going 5-5. She won her first CIF Southern Section Division 3 crown, the only jumper from the division to clear 5-5.
She finished 15th in state as a junior, not advancing to the Saturday finals, and overcame that hurdle this year. She cleared 5-3 on her second attempt and 5-5 on her third attempt to place eighth. She failed on three attempts at 5-7, a height she cleared at the Arcadia Invitational as a junior.
That mark is the school record.
“I have been in a mental rut,” she said late in the season. “My mind was on college and stuff.
“I know I can do I. It takes a lot of mental aspects. You just have to get yourself over it.”
That college aspect is Air Force Academy, where she will compete next year.
She did more than jump, too, She was second in the league finals in the 200 meters, running a personal-best time of 27.25 and she helped the Saints win league titles in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
COACH OF THE YEAR: KEITH THOMPSON, WALNUT
The Walnut High School girls track and field team was not expected to challenge Great Oak for the CIF Southern Section Division 1 team title.
The Mustangs tried and came closer than many expected. Great Oak used its powerful distance team to win the title. Walnut finished in third place, 9 1/2 points behind the Wolfpack and one point behind second-place Mira Costa.
Coach Keith Thompson got three big performances in the meet to earn San Gabriel Valley Tribune coach of the year honors.
The Mustangs had a second-place finish, a pair of thirds, a fourth and both relay teams scoring points to get into contention.
Both Kayla Richardson and Malia Avila advanced to the CIF State meet, Richardson eliminated in the 200 preliminaries and Avila knocked out in the 300 hurdle preliminaries. Freshman Chloe Arriaga advanced to the CIF-SS Masters meet. The 4×100 relay team also had a Masters-qualifying time, but an injury kept the team from racing.
Chloe Arriaga, Walnut, freshman (1,600)
Malia Avila, Walnut, junior (300 hurdles)
Savanah Butler, Baldwin Park, senior (100, 200)
Amy Campos, West Covina, junior (PV)
Tianna Eaton, Rowland, junior (HJ)
Olivia Paez, Bishop Amat, junior (1,600, 3,200)
Sela Pastrana, Charter Oak, sophomore (TJ)
Kayla Richardson Walnut, senior (100, 200)
Kyla Richardson, Walnut, senior (100, 200)
Tammy Vien, Rosemead, senior (100, 300 hurdles)
Emma Arriaga, Walnut, freshman (800)
Ivanna Chagolla, St. Lucy’s, frosh (800)
Samantha Crosmer, St. Lucy’s, junior (800)
Jessica Gallardo, Bishop Amat, senior (800)
Demi Marine, Covina (1,600)
Ally Palomino, Bishop Amat, junior (1,600)
Shalee Reynolds, Glendora, junior (100, 300 hurdles)
Shyann Reynolds, Glendora (100 hurdles)
Alicia Villarereal, Bonita (800)
Gjermayne Wilson, Bishop Amat, junior (LJ)
TOP REPORTED MARKS FOR 2016
100: Kayla Richardson, Walnut 11.79
200: Kayla Richardson, Walnut 23.68
400: Shalee Reynolds, Glendora, 56.82
800: Jessica Gallardo, Bishop Amat, 2:14.16
1,600: Chloe Arriaga, Walnut 4:58.77
3,200: Ally Palomino, Bishop Amat, 10:46.47
100H: Tammy Vien, Rosemead, 14.35
300H: Malia Avila, Walnut, 42.56
4×100 relay: Walnut, 47.34
4×400 relay: Glendora, 3:50.52
HJ: Hannah Nance, San Dimas, 5-6
LJ: Sela Pastrana, Charter Oak, 17-1 1/2
PV: Amy Campos, West Covina 11-6
SP: Laulaga Tausaga-Collins, Mountain View, 44-9 1/2
TJ (wind-legal): Sela Pastrana, Charter Oak, 38-11 1/2
TJ: (wiond-aided): Sela Pastrana, Charter Oak, 39-9 1/2
DT: Laulaga Tausaga-Collins, Mountain View, 137-1