Los Angeles Preps: Bernard Quinn

I.E.: Track and field athletes to watch

March, 20, 2012
Rachel McCoy probably won’t be surprising anyone this season. The 6-foot-3 junior at A.B. Miller came out of the blue last June to win a state title in the girls’ high jump at Buchanan High School in Clovis

She was the only athlete to clear the bar at 5-8, and just missed on her three attempts at 5-10. After playing basketball for the Rebels over the winter, she tuned up for this track and field season by winning the high jump at the Fontana City track meet earlier this month.

Here’s a list of the Inland Empire’s other top underclassmen at last season’s state finals:

Kelly Rhines, Sr. at Los Osos – third in the girls’ 200 (24.31)

Jordie Munford, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga – second in the girls’ 300 hurdles (41.90) and fifth in 100 hurdles (14.21)

Jade Miller, Sr., Great Oak – eighth in the girls’ 300 hurdles (43.37).

Erika Reddish, Sr., Vista Murrieta – ninth in the girls’ 1,600 (4:50.52).

Tanya Sapa, Jr., La Sierra – third in the girls’ shot put (41-6 )

Ashlie Curenton, Sr., Victorville – third in the girls’ long jump (18-7 ).

Kiethyon Moten, Sr., Indio – second in the boys’ 110 hurdles (14.46)

Zach Lewis, Sr., Ramona – fourth in the boys’ 300 hurdles (38.1)

Bernard Quinn, Sr., Vista Murrieta – fifth in the boys’ 400 (48.18).

Brett Moulton, Jr., Corona Santiago – ninth in the boys’ 800 (1:56.04).

Luis Gutierrez, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga – third in the boys’ 1,600 (4:06.51).

Ryan Hunter-Simms, Sr., San Gorgonio – third in the boys’ discus (176-6)

Jaelen Spencer, Jr., Sultana – third in the boys’ triple jump (48-3 )

Miles Poullard, Sr., Colony – tied for fifth in the boys’ high jump (6-5)

Peter Chapman, Sr., Murrieta Valley – fifth in the boys’ pole vault (15-0)

Cabral, McClain looking to double up at boys' state track finals

June, 3, 2011
The CIF-State boys’ track and field track championships Friday and Saturday at Clovis Buchanan High School should provide some memorable moments. Jonathan Cabral of Agoura and Remontay McClain of Covina are each defending champions in two events and both could take down some long-standing records. As far the distance races, they might be as close at the finish line as the sprints. Here’s a rundown of the 16 events.

  • The story of this race isn’t so much who’s in, but who’s out. Long Beach Poly, the defending state champion and a regular state finalist in the one-lap relay over the years, was disqualified at the Masters Meet last weekend, and 2009 winner Gardena Serra dropped the baton a week earlier at the section finals. That leaves top qualifier Eastvale Roosevelt as the team to beat, with Westlake Village Oaks Christian a distant second.
1,600 METERS
  • It will be difficult to top the excitement as this race unfolded at the Masters Meet. Jantzen Oshier of Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills and Elias Gedyon of Los Angeles Loyola locked up in a dead sprint to the finish line with Oshier holding on to win in 4:09.06, one one-hundredth of a second faster than Gedyon. Oshier has run about five seconds faster this season at the Orange County Championships but Gedyon is the defending state champion
  • Buckle your seat belts for this one. Cabral comes in with a blazing qualifying time of 13.27. Though it was wind aided, Cabral proved at the Masters Meet that he has a legitimate shot of breaking the national high school record of 13.30, set 21 years ago by Chris Nelloms of Dunbar High in Dayton, Ohio. It’s likely he’ll be racing against the clock as the next-fastest qualifier, Jacob Hare of San Diego Scripps Ranch (13.99), will likely be a hurdle behind.
  • This event could go a long way toward determining the team title. Shaquille Howard of Long Beach Poly was the top qualifier out of Masters (47.15) but six others qualified in under 48 seconds. Bernard Quinn of Vista Murrieta will need a top finish to give the Broncos a shot at the team title, so will the Serra pair of Pete Lauderdale (47.74) and Francisco Olliquii (47.98).
  • McClain is a no-namer no more. A year after a surprising sweep in the sprint events, the Covina senior is not only a favorite to defend his titles, but he has a decent shot at toppling the state meet record in the 100. McClain is coming off a victory in the 100 in 10.34, but has gone as low as a wind-aided 10.28 and a wind-legal 10.31. The state meet record is 10.30, set in 1992 by Riley Washington of San Diego Southwest.
  • Immanuel Hutchinson has already established himself as the all-time best 800 runner in Riverside County history, now he can add to his collections by winning a state championship. Hutchinson is the No. 1 qualifier in the two-lap event, winning in 1:50.50 last weekend, the fastest time in the state this season. Myles Andrews of Long Beach Poly, fourth in this event last season, is the No. 2 qualifier at 1:51.33.
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  • If all goes as planned, Cabral will try to become the first multi-event champion at the meet. He toyed with the competition at the Masters Meet, hanging with the pack until midway through the turn and then blowing them away to win by 10 meters. None of the other qualifiers are within a second of Cabral’s nation-leading time of 36.19, so barring any stumbles he should defend his title with ease.

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Inland Empire: Five things from the weekend

May, 9, 2011
1. Heading into this final week of the regular season, a number of baseball teams are still in the hunt for league titles (we'll take a closer look at that in the next post). One race that deserves special recognition is in the Mt. Baldy League. Chino entered last week ranked No. 7 in Southern Section Division 4, but was upset for the second time this season by Ontario Colony, 8-3, creating a tie for first place. Colony (18-6, 8-2) would own the tiebreaker for playoff seeding due to head-to-head results against the Cowboys (22-5, 8-2). All the Titans need is to beat fourth-place Montclair today and sixth-place Ontario on Wednesday and they'll be co-champions and the No. 1 seed out of their league.

2. The baseball team to watch heading into the Division 4 playoffs is No. 1 Palm Desert. The Aztecs won three games last week by a combined score of 50-0. Of course, two of those games were against Coachella Valley (1-18, 0-12), but then Palm Desert pounded out 17 runs Saturday against Riverside Arlington (12-14, 7-5) in a pool-play game at the Corona Centennial tournament. Leading the way last week was Ryan Garvey, the son of former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey, who was 8-for-12 with two home runs and eight RBIs. Garvey, who signed with USC, has nine homers on the season, tied for fifth-best in the state.

3. Bloomington Christian softball player Tyler Hernandez swiped 10 more bases last week, giving her a state-leading 63 on the season and 122 for her career. Hernandez, a junior middle infielder, should make a run at the Southern Section career stolen base record next season. With two regular-season games and the playoffs still remaining this season, Hernandez is 80 stolen bases behind the section record set by Jenny Pahl of Temecula Linfield Christian in 1995-98.

4. The Eastvale Roosevelt girls’ track and field team dominated the Big VIII League championships Thursday at Riverside King High. The highlight of the Mustangs’ performance was their 400-meter relay team, as Chasity Ducre, Akia Armstrong, Kaelynn Greene and Iris Chijioke won the one-lap race in 46.54 seconds, the second-fastest time in the state this outdoor season. Roosevelt should only get faster as the postseason continues. If the Mustangs can avoid dropping the baton, look for them on the starting line at next month's state championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

5. The Vista Murrieta boys’ track and field team won the Southwestern League title Thursday, but the best news was Jovonte Slater and Bernard Quinn were back on the track after missing the last month with injuries. Slater has the best long-jump mark in the state this season at 24 feet-1 inches, and is No. 2 in the 100-meter dash (10.62). Quinn is second in the state in the 400 (47.71) and third in the 200 (21.22). Together, they have the potential to provide the Broncos huge points in defense of their Southern Section Division 1 team title and a run for for state championship.