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NEWS AND NOTES FROM PRESS ROW: Area athletes see their track and field seasons end at finals

By Loren Kopff
@LorenKopff on Twitter

Two Gahr High relay teams and 10 other individual athletes competed in the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Track and Field Divisional Finals last Saturday at Cerritos College. When the night had ended, none of them had qualifying times or marks to advance to tonight’s Masters Meet.

The Gahr 4×100 relay team of juniors Alonso Davis, Anthony Mullins, Eric Renfroe and sophomore Christian Shakir came in eighth place in Division III with a time of 42.90. Later in the day, the 4×400 relay team of Davis, Shakir, junior Larry Hudson and sophomore Jorge Gracian finished in fourth place in the division with a time of 3:21.85. Overall, it was the 12th best time but the top nine performances move on to the Masters Meet.

Freshman Jazminn Parrish came in eighth place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.25 while sophomore Desirae Smith had a top mark of 33-09.00 in the triple jump. Senior Samuel Ayala finished in fifth place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:19.39

In Division IV, Valley Christian High, senior Joshua Easley came in fourth place in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.02 while sophomore Marian Ledesma had a time of 59.17 in the 400 meter dash and 2:35.56 in the 800 meter run.

In the field events, junior Maya Archer came in fifth place in the shot put with a mark of 36-11.50, junior Michael Polk was a fifth place finisher in the high jump with a mark of six feet and senior Travis Smiley’s top mark in the long jump was 19-07.00.

Norwalk High sophomore Misty Diaz had a time of 5:25.44 in the 1600 meter run in Division III action while Whitney High sophomore Angelina Crittenden finished in seventh place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.29 in Division IV action. She also had a time of 25.13 in the 200 meter dash.


Whitney High sophomore Alyson Tam, who was seeded 12th,finished in fourth place in the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships with 478 points.


Gahr High, which was the second seeded team in Division II, was upset by Redlands east Valley High 1-0 this past Tuesday in a second round game. The Gladiators, who had won 16 of their last 17 games entering the game, conclude the season at 24-7.


Gahr High continued to roll as it smashed Summit High 15-3 this past Tuesday in a Division III second round game. Sophomores Dejanae Davis and Karrington Houshmandzadeh and freshman Paloma Usquiano all had three hits as the Lady Gladiators (24-5-2) pounded out 16 hits. Third seeded Gahr hosted sixth seeded Redondo High on May 26 in a quarterfinal game.