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Southern Section looks to dominate girls' state track finals

June, 2, 2011
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The CIF-State girls’ track and field track championships are set for Friday and Saturday at Clovis Buchanan High School, and the Southern Section appears in good position to sweep a majority of the events. Long Beach Poly is the clear-cut favorite in the team race, possibly taking aim at its state-meet record of 80 points compiled in 2004. Here’s a breakdown of the 16 girls’ events.

400 RELAY

Barring any dropped batons or lane violations, Long Beach Poly should run away with this meet-opening event and take an early points lead in the team race. Carisma Lyday, Melia Cox, Traci Hicks and Akawkaw Ndipagbor circled the track in a national-leading 45.04 seconds at the Masters Meet on Friday night. The Jackrabbits also have a good shot at breaking the 14-year-old meet record of 44.70. Moreno Valley Rancho Verde is the defending champion in the event and No. 3 qualifier behind Poly and Eastvale Roosevelt.

1,600 METERS

Katherine Delaney of San Juan Capistrano JSerra comes in as the state’s top qualifier after winning in 4:42.95 at the Masters. Delaney, a Cal-bound senior who was sidelined during the postseason a year ago due to illness, figures to be pushed by last season’s state runner-up, Alli Billmeyer of San Diego Torrey Pines, and North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake senior Cami Chapus.

100 HURDLES

Long Beach Poly figures to add to its team lead with Cox bringing a nation-leading 13.34 qualifying time into the event. She won’t have the race all to herself, however. Trinity Wilson of Berkeley St. Mary’s took first in 13.38 at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions last weekend. Wilson finished runner-up last season in a wind-aided 13.35, while Cox was fifth in 13.91.

400 METERS

Not to be outdone by her teammate, Ndipagbor also produced a nation-leading mark at the Masters, crossing the line in this event in 53.51. Her closest competition figures to come from the Southern Section, as Vanessa Jones of Etiwanda (53.83), Gabrielle Scott of Irvine Woodbridge (53.98) and Azia Walker of Long Beach Poly (54.48) are the next fastest qualifiers and all were on the starting line a year ago.

100 METERS

One of only two running events that does not feature a Southern Section athlete as the top qualifier, this race will likely come down to how well Jenna Prandini of Clovis gets out of the block. Prandini was the top competitor at last season’s state meet, winning the long jump and triple jump and finishing second in the 100. Kylie Price of La Puente Bishop Amat is the third-fastest qualifier.

800 METERS

Amy Weissenbach of Harvard-Westlake shows no signs of giving up her reign as state champion in the 800. She returns as the top qualifier after winning her Masters race in 2:06.18, the second-fastest outdoor time in the nation this season. As a sophomore, she won her state title in the two-lap race in 2:07.52. Last season’s runner up, Savannah Camacho of Templeton, is the No. 2 qualifier at 2:07.65, followed by Long Beach Poly teammates Dynasty Gammage (2:09.38) and Arielle Stevenson (2:10.08).

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