ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: La Serna’s German Fabela and Whittier Christian’s Kellian Hunt earned area track athletes of the year. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger)
DAILY NEWS ALL-AREA TRACK AND FIELD TEAM
Athlete of the Year: German Fabela, La Serna, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Sylvia Elliott, El Rancho
Field: Adam Aguirre, Cantwell, Sr.
Field: Lucas Bedolla, Santa Fe, Sr.
Sprint: Anthony Jones, Santa Fe, So.
Distance: Cristian Garcia, Santa Fe, Sr.
Field: Taelin Webb, La Mirada, So.
Sprints: Keiyon Reyna, La Mirada, Sr.
Hurdles: George Romo, Montebello, Sr.
Athlete of Year: Kellian Hunt, Whittier Christian, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Joe Jordan, La Serna
Distance: Justine Romo, California, Jr.
Distance: Taylor Jones, La Mirada, Jr.
Field: Katelyn Rogers, La Habra, Jr.
Sprint: Amber Munoz, Whittier, Sr.
Distance: Bailee Henry, El Rancho, Jr.
Field: Tomei Johnson, La Mirada, Sr.
Field: Lina Arreola, Whittier Chr., Sr.
Distance: Michelle Reed, La Serna, Fr.
Sprints: Emerald Rivera, California, So.
Field: Sabrina Moreno, Whittier, Sr.
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
Whittier Christian High School’s Kellian Hunt and La Serna’s German Fabela approaced the 2012 track and field season from opposite directions.
But by season’s end, the duo were parallel with one another.
Fabela finished with a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 title and a trip to the CIF State championships, with Hunt taking home a pair of divisional top-five finishes.
For their efforts, Fabela and Hunt are Daily News track and field Athletes of the Year.
The boys All-Area first team is Cantwell’s Adam Aguirre, Whittier’s Aaron Mora and the Santa Fe trio of Kevin Ramirez, Lucas Bedolla and Anthony Jones.
El Rancho’s Sylvia Elliott is boys Coach of the Year.
The girls team features California’s Justine Romo, La Mirada’s Taylor Jones, La Habra’s Katelyn Rogers, Whittier’s Amber Munoz and El Rancho’s Bailee Henry.
La Serna’s Joe Jordan is girls Coach of the Year.
Fabela was the surprise of the season, rising from the unknown to become the top boys athlete in the area. The senior won the Division 2 400-meter title with a time of 48.03 seconds at the CIF-SS finals. He was fifth (48.69) at Masters to advance to the state championships, where he failed to qualify for the finals. It was the second consecutive season that a runner from La Serna won a CIF-SS divisional title in the 400.
“I think it was a really good season,” said Fabela, who will attend Whittier College. “It could have ended better. But the conditions at state weren’t the best. Overall, I’m really satisfied with (the season).
“I have to get a lot of credit to my coaches. We were both satisfied with it. It was four great years, and I have to give special thanks to him. Every year I improved, so I’m completely satisfied.”
Hunt followed up a solid fall season in cross country in which she qualified for the state championships by earning a pair of top-five finishes at the CIF-SS divisional championships.
The senior, considered one of the top area athletes coming into the season, was second in the 1,600 (5:04.19) and 3,200 (11:15.90) in Division 4.
“I was a little disappointed that my time wasn’t a little bit better,” Hunt said. “I was hoping to (to set a personal record) in the last two races.
“Overall, I was happy with the season and how far I (advanced). It was good.”
Elliott guided El Rancho to an undefeated Del Rio League title, which also saw the Dons win five individual titles at the league finals. El Rancho’s boys team also won both relay titles.
Jordan guided the La Serna girls team to a 5-0 record to win the Del Rio League, the school’s first girls league title in about 20 years.
Aguirre joined Fabela as the area’s only two competitors to qualify for the state championships. The senior won the Division 4 title in the high jump (six feet, seven inches). He also was fifth (6-5) at Masters before failing to qualify for the finals at the state championships.
Mora, the reigning boys cross country runner of the year, finished off a solid high school career by winning the 3,200 (9:27.89) at the Del Rio League finals. He just missed qualifying for the divisional finals.
Bedolla, one of three area competitors to qualify for the Masters Meet, was sixth in the long jump (22-8) in Division 1 at the CIF-SS finals. Ramirez was 15th in the 3,200 (9:37) at the Division I at CIF-SS prelims (9:34.48). He finished second in the 3,200 (9:35.21) to Mora at the Del Rio League finals.
Jones won the 100 (11.56) at Del Rio League finals.
Romo became the first California girls competitor to qualify for CIF-SS finals after setting a school record during the prelims with a time of 11:19.75, which was 15 seconds quicker than her previous best. She was sixth at the Division 2 finals with a time of 11:11.63.
Jones was sixth in the 800 at the Division 2 finals with a time of 2:16.97.
Rogers qualified for the Division 2 finals after a leap of 5-0 in the high jump during prelims.
Munoz was first and second, respectively, in the 300 (49.64) and 100 (17.27) hurdles at the Del Rio League finals.
Henry won both distance events at the Del Rio League finals, placing first in the 1,600 (5:15.30) and 3,200 (11:22.09).