Prep track season preview


BOYS STATE QUALIFIERS

100—Theo Goodwin (Christian) 10.89; Jaden Stokes (Del Norte) 10.97.

200—Theo Goodwin (Christian) 22.04; Keenan Ellis (Bonita Vista) 22.30.

400—D’Angelo Gunter (Del Norte) 48.63; Keenan Ellis (Bonita Vista) 49.03.

800—Jarrett Chinn (Poway) 1:53.46; Donovan Prince (CV High Tech) 1:54.64; Jeffrey Page (Eastlake) 1:54.70.

1600—Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos (Cathedral Catholic) 4:14.72.

3200—Samuel Boone (Mt. Carmel) 9:16.49; Beau Prince (Sage Creek) 9:16.98.

LJ—Matt DeRoos (Tri-City Christian) 23-11¼.

TJ—Matt DeRoos (Tri-City Christian) 47-0¼.

GIRLS STATE QUALIFIERS

100—Calista Fletcher (Scripps Ranch) 12.00.

200—Calista Fletcher (Scripps Ranch) 24.65; Shanique Simpson (Morse) 24.77.

400—Betsabe Ornelas (Olympian) 56.43; Zion White (Valhalla) 57.41.

800—Kiley McCarthy (Carlsbad) 2:11.29; Sakura Roberson (La Jolla) 2:11.73.

1600—McKenna Brown (La Costa Canyon) 4:55.66; Claire Bernd (Canyon Crest) 5:00.16.

3200—Erica Barrett (Westview) 10:44.34; Laura Moran (Mt. Carmel) 10:46.01; Kira Loren (Canyon Crest) 10:46.04.

HJ—Alana Snow (Carlsbad) 5-6; Alysah Hickey (Coronado) 5-6; Denicia Dixon (Morse) 5-4.

PV—Kayla Myers (Poway) 11-7.

LJ—Aliyah Campbell (Mt. Carmel) 18-0¼.

TJ—Sharika Joseph (San Diego) 37-3.

SP—Nu’u Tuilefano (El Camino 41-9¾.

SEASON STORY LINES

Big man, small school: It really doesn’t matter how large the enrollment is for track and field athletes to excel. Tri-City Christian’s Matt DeRoos, who has already signed with UCLA, is a great example. TCC has 300 high school students, but DeRoos is the top returnee in the long jump at 23-11¼ and the triple jump at 47-0¼.

Half-miles loaded: Seven of the top 800-meter runners for girls return, led by Carlsbad’s Kiley McCarthy (2:08.85 in 2015). The boys also are deep with Poway’s Jarrett Chinn (1:53.46), Chula Vista High Tech’s Donovan Prince (1:54.64), Eastlake’s Jeffrey Page (1:54.70) and Scripps Ranch’s Alex Barr (1:54.99) all under 1:55.

4-minute mile? San Diego already has a 4-minute miler in high school (Chula Vista’s Tim Danielson ran 3:59.4 in 1966) and ever since top four-lap runners have tried to crack the barrier. The latest to challenge that mark may be Cathedral Catholic junior Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos, who sped to a 4:14.72 as a sophomore last year and led the Dons to the state cross country title in the fall.

Higher and higher: With normal improvement, the girls high jump should be a blockbuster event. As a freshman, Coronado’s Alysah Hickey cleared 5-6 but finished second in the section behind now-senior Alana Snow of Carlsbad, also at 5-6. Mission Hills’ versatile Asia Smith (18-11 in the long jump, 15.06 in the 100-meter hurdles) also scaled 5-6 a year ago.

Invitational schedule: The Mt. Carmel Invitational, which annually produces a number of section-best marks, is March 25, the Arcadia Invitational is April 8 and Mt. SAC (at El Camino College in Torrance this year) is April 15. Smaller meets include the Meb Keflezighi Invitational at San Diego High, the Elmer Runge Invitational at Patrick Henry, the Sweetwater Invitational and the Falcon Invitational at Torrey Pines on Saturday; the Small School Invitational at Escondido High on March 25; the Arnie Robinson Invitational at Mesa College and the Willie Banks Invitational at Oceanside High on April 1; the Jaguar Invitational at Valley Center and a new meet, the Jim Cerveny Invitational at Mission Bay, on April 15; and the Escondido Invitational on April 28.



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