People in the Mission League run really fast – it is one of the two or three strongest League meets in the country.
St. Francis is the sole SGV member of that league, and their two best team members represented well at Thursday’s meet at Occidental College.
Junior Jasher Foster won 110 Hurdles in 14.43, breaking his own school record. He ranks #2 SGV, and moves into the SGV All-Time Top 50 at #46. Jasher took over the SGV lead with his second place PR 38.56 in the 300 hurdles.
Senior Ross Niederhaus was second in the 400 with a PR 48.10. Like Jasher, he broke his own school record, moves him to #2 SGV this year, and he is now #27 All-Time SGV (and fifth fastest in this millennium).
St. Francis’ relays turned in strong performances – #8 SGV/43.22 and #5 SGV/3:27.77 – but neither advanced.
St. Francis is in the CIF-SS Div III so its athletes advance to the Prelims meet on Saturday, May 16 at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa.
The wind always blows at Ayala – the site of the first Palomares League Finals. At prelims, the athletes faced 2-4 mps winds in their faces in the sprints and hurdles. For Finals, they reversed the direction of some races to take advantage of the winds… and how!
Veronica Smeltzer (Sr, Glendora) led the girls with three wins – 15.39/100 hurdles (#5 SGV, GHS record), 200/26.06 & 4×400/4:02.85 #3 SGV). But she was rivaled by two All-Time SGV performances. Bonita senior Cassidy Peng’s 11-00 pole vault win moves her to #13= All-Time, and #2 this year. But maybe the biggest breakthrough was from Shalee Reynolds (So, Glendora). Her 45.38 to win the 300 hurdles was a PR by almost two seconds, and she now ranks #38 AT SGV and #4 this year.
Among the boys Diamond Bar senior Austin Warrington stepped up best on this big day and walked away with three first place medals. His big 10.75 (2.3w) puts him #4 on the seasonal SGV list, and he backed that up with wins in the 200 – 22.93 and the relay 43.04 – #6 SGV.