The ninth edition of this meet took place for the first time at San Dimas High School on a blustery day. Thirty-nine schools competed for the SGV title on a day of strong competition that saw seven Varsity meet records and 55 Top-Ten performances.
The Athletes of the Meet were Pomona senior Britney Mitchell and Damien junior Thaddeus Smith. Britney had solid wins in both hurdle races, and her 44.71 in the 300 hurdles took down a record held by 2012 Olympian Cori Carter of Claremont. Thaddeus went home with four first place medals, with wins in the 100m (11.04) and 200m (22.19) – both into negative winds), and first in both relays, with a 42.87 meet record in the 4×100.
Arcadia were the strongest team performers, easily winning the Girls Varsity and Boys Frosh/Soph titles, and edging Glendora in the Girls Frosh/Soph division. The Apache Varsity were led by a meet record in the 4×100 (47.93) and 4×400 (3:53.37), along with wins from Veronica Yamane in the 1600 (5:02.46, #2 All-Time in this meet) and Kyra White who defended her title in the 20om (25.74 into a -3.5 wind).
Girls Varsity records were set by Susie Garza (Sr, Baldwin Park) with a dominating 2:17.61 in the 800m, and Britney Mitchell. India Hines (Jr, La Salle) was also under the old 300 hurdles record, just .03 behind Britney in one of the best races of the day. Claire Kieffer-Wright (Sr, South Pasadena) also turned in a strong day with wins in the high jump (5’10”) and 400m (57.86) just off the meet record. The girls 400m was probably the strongest event, with five finishers ranking in the meet’s All-Time Top Ten.
Damien and Walnut came down to the last event for the Boys Varsity team title, with the Spartans edging the Mustangs 97-87. Damien scored in 14 events with six wins while Walnut scored in eleven events with one win.
The Varsity meet records are very strong, so there were only two new entries, Damien’s 4×100 and Arcadia soph Phillip Rocha defending his 3200m title with a MR 9:11.15. His senior teammate Josh Ji defended his titles in the Shot (53’5″) and Discus (142’7″), while the strongest race of the day saw Estevan de la Rosa lead five men under 4:20 with his 4:13.50 win in the 1600m.
In the Frosh/Soph division, the most notable performances came in the boys 800m and the girls Pole Vault. Schurr soph Abraxaz Sanchez was nearly 9 seconds below his seed in winning the two lapper in 1:56.88, a mark that would have ranked second in the Varsity race. Even better was Karlly Feng (So, Temple City). Her Frosh/Soph meet record jump of 10’3″ was 11″ better than the varsity winner.
So it was a great day for our sport and our athletes. We’ll look forward to the 10th edition of this Championship on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
- Hy-Tek Results: 14 SGV Results
- Athletic.net Results: 14 SGV Champs
- Varsity Top 10 Performers: 14-SGV-Top-10-Var-perf
- Frosh/Soph To Ten Performers: 14-SGV-Top-5-SF-perf