Four relays and sixteenÂ athletes with twenty-oneÂ spots advanced from the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet on Friday at Cerritos College – the toughest qualifying meet in the country.
The top local performances came from seniorsÂ Sydney MosleyÂ (Monrovia) & Barrett Weiss (Flintridge Prep).Â Â Sydney, theÂ D3 100m Hurdles champ turned in her best performance ever – running 13.78 to advance in 3rd place. Â She now ranks #3 All-Time among San Gabriel Valley Performers. Â Barrett, who lost a jump-off for the D4 pole vault title, was the top performer here at 15-09 – which ranks him #7 All-Time SGV.
There are 27 guaranteed spots in each event at the State Meet, with each of California’s 11 sections entitled to at least one spot. Â The distribution has not kept up with California’s growth, so the Southern Section, which represents over half the State’s population, has only six guaranteed spots per event.
This is actually up from only five two years ago. Â There is also an At-Large Standard that is equal to the final qualifying mark/time at the State Meet from previous years.
Because the SS is so strong, almost all of the qualifiers reach the At-Large Standard, so the emphasis is going fast, far & high!
4 Relays and 29 Individuals advance to Friday’s CIF-SS Masters meet at Cerritos College, meaning they finished in the top 9 among all four divisions in lane races, and in the top 12 in distance races and field events.
Two of the All-Time performances listed below are particularly amazing.
South Hills juniorÂ Alex PerezÂ was 4th in the D3 400 and advanced to Masters. Â His 47.96 is an astounding 4.49 seconds better than his best before this year. Â And even this season, his best was 50.13 going into League Finals.
D4 shot champÂ Sarah HernandezÂ (Sr, St. Paul) made a similar huge improvement. Â Her winning 39-09.75 toss was a 3-07 improvement from her previous best this year, and Â a massive 6-01 better than last year!
Boys Notable Performances
47.96 – 400 -Â Alex PerezÂ (Jr, South Hills) – #2 SGV ’15, #20 All-Time SGV
2015 has been a very strong year for the athletes of the San Gabriel Valley and this continued at the four sites for the CIF Southern Section Prelims.
The Southern Section is biggest and strongest prep section in the USA, which makes advancing to Finals a bigger achievement than making any other State meet.
The SGV advanced 20Â relays and 134Â individuals to next Saturday’s Finals at Cerritos College. That’s 14% of the relays and 11% of the individual spots. Â The SGV makes up about 11% of the Southern Section, so well done!
California is the biggest state in the country, and the CIF-Southern Section is largest sub-grouping.
Roughly 18 million people live in the area covered by the CIF-SS. If we were a state, we’d be just a little smaller than New York orÂ Florida.
We divide into four enrollment based divisions for sectional competition (also fewer than almost every state), which means making CIF finals a bigger achievement than making State finals in any other state.
SGV athletes will compete at all four Divisional sites. Â You can follow live results at the links below.
The Damien boys and Arcadia girls lead the San Gabriel Valley in the Final Team Rankings for 2015.
The goal was to create a ranking system that measures overall team strength more than a few top athletes. Â This system got closer, but was still more weighted toward championship scoring over dual meet strength. Â For instance, the Glendora girls were 2-3 in league, but if the Palomares had scored their Finals meet, the Tartans would have won by 30 points, and that’s why they made a big jump up the rankings.
All that said, congratulations to the Apaches and Spartans. Â They are great championship teams, but are also very likely the strongest dual meet teams in the SGV.Â DamienÂ has at least one athlete in the SGV Top 50 in every event, and two or more in 12 of the 14 individual events. Â ArcadiaÂ is even strongerÂ with three or more Top 50 athletes in 12 events and two inÂ the other two individual events.
WalnutÂ had the strongest combined team (girls #2, boys #3), just edging out Arcadia (1&5).
So congratulations to these two and to all of the SGV Track and Field on an excellent year.
The girls of the SGV had an outstanding League Finals week with twelveÂ All-Time Performances. Â Even more astoundingly, fourÂ of those twelveÂ came in the 300 hurdles, and threeÂ came in the same race, with twoÂ from the same team!
Friday’s Rio Hondo League Final was the site of that historic race, where threeÂ of the seven finalists achieved All-Time results. Â Tops was 100 hurdles leaderÂ Syndey MosleyÂ (Sr, Monrovia) – her 44.99 was a 1.4 PR and makes her #29 A-T SGV.
She was followed by twoÂ South Pasadena athletes -Â Alexis MoraÂ (Jr) – 45.18 (1.50 PR) and Â Kate KutzerÂ (So) – 45.49 (a nearly 2 second PR), and they now rank #36 & #42 respectively on the All-Time lists. Â And this great race makes these three girls our collective Athletes of the Week.
Here are the other All-Time Performers from Week 11
Sarah TroescherÂ (Jr, Arcadia) – 100: 12.15/#41=, Â 200: 25.07/#47
Lauren BuehnerÂ (Fr, Arcadia) 400: 56.54/#24
Samantha HuertaÂ (Jr, La Mirada) 1600: 5:01.15/#16
In the midst of our historic drought, League Finals week saw cold weather, high winds and even some water falling from the sky.
This is usually bad news for sprinters and hurdlers, but even the tough conditions could not hold back this year’s strong SGV athletes – all five All-Time performances came in the speed events.
The top performers for the week were Damien teammates Thaddeus SmithÂ (Sr) and Zachary ShinnickÂ (So). Â Competing in the tough Baseline League, which had the biggest number of EPI Elite Performances of all the League Meets,Â Zach opened up the day with a stirring 47.49 win in the 400. Â He moved to #14 All-Time SGV. Â A few minutes later, Smith followed with a wind legal (+0.3) 10.56 win in the 100, and he now ranks #11 A-T SGV. Â They met up in the 200, with Thaddeus out leaning Zach 21.12 to 21.14 (wind +3.3) to go 1-2. Â Their seasonal SGV bests, All-Time marks in wins in the strongest league in CIF make them our best this week.
The two other All-Time performances came in the Hurdles
Gabrielino senior and SGV ChampÂ Gary Hawkins moved to #35 All-Time with his 14.33 in the highs at the Mission Valley Prelims on Tuesday. Â He came back to win on Friday in 14.42 – giving him the three best wind legal SGV performances this year.
On Thursday,Â Jasher FosterÂ (Jr, St. Francis) continued his rise by winning the tough Mission league 110 highs at 14.43, which moves him to #46 All-Time SGV.
As expected, Week 11 was a huge week for 2015 All-San Gabriel Valley performances, with 34 athletes and relays making the standard for the first time and 28 improving their previous marks.
This has been a great year for SGV track – about 15% more athletes have hit the standards in 2015 than 2014.