If the state track meet were tomorrow, instead of in two weeks, San Diego Section girls would have a chance to win possibly three events. The boys, none.
In one of the most disappointing seasons in several years, San Diego girls are represented in seven of the 16 events in the state’s top 10 and the boys in five.
It’s been a woman’s world this year.
Suzie Acolatse of Mission Hills is a contender in the 100 and 200 meters and Cathedral’s Hana Labrie-Smith has run as fast in the 300 hurdles as the season’s state leader.
Acolatse’s wind-aided :11.46 100 and legal :23.69 rank third in the state. Her 200 is sixth in the nation and fourth all-time in San Diego. She negotiated the 200 time in Saturday’s San Diego Section trials at Mt. Carmel, where Acolatse also logged a legal :11.53 to move to No. 4 all time in San Diego.
Labrie-Smith is fourth in the state at :42.62 in the long hurdles, but ran :41.97 in 2014 which matches the 2015-leading performance by Jasmyne Graham of Corona Eleanor Roosevelt.
Several other girls also could contend for medals, including Cathedral’s Dani Johnson, who set a San Diego Section record of :14.12 in the 100 hurdles in the section trials but ran :13.81 and :13.99 with wind in her two state meet races in 2014.
The allowable wind limit is 2.04 meters, or, in old parlance, 4.447 miles an hour.
Most impressive among the boys has been Oceanside junior Charles Lenford, third in the state shot put at 61 feet, 8 inches, and ninth in the discus at 180-10. The shot put will be loaded, headed by the 71-11 1/2 of Bellflower St. John Bosco’s Matt Katnik, but Ledford seeming has not hit his ceiling.
Lenford teached 50 feet as a sophomore and qualified for the state finals with a 166-4 effort in the trials discus and was 12th in the finals at 155-7.
Lenford started this season with a 54-10 3/4 effort in an indoor state meet in Clovis and has gradually gone up the ladder. His 61-8 is 16th all-time in San Diego.
OCEANSIDE STUNG IN PASSING TOURNAMENT
How will Oceanside fare with coach John Carroll taking retirement?
It’s a long way to the fall, but the Pirates did not fare well in the recent San Juan Hills “Gunslinger” passing tournament against top Northern squads.
Oceanside was outscored by St. John Bosco, 52-6, Huntington Beach Edison, 42-2, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, 30-12, Santa Ana Mater Dei, 48-6, and San Juan Hills, 12-6.
Teams play 7 players against 7 players, with only passing plays.
San Diegans in state Top 10 as of Sunday, May 24:
|100||Acolatse (3)||Mission Hills||:11.46w||:11.38w||Williams||Westlake Village Oaks Christian|
|200||Acolatse (3)||Mission Hills||:23.69||:22.68w||Williams|
|800||Akins (9)||Rancho Bernardo||2:11.1||2:08.44||Smith||Clovis North|
|300H||Labrie-Smith (4)||Cathedral||:42.62||:41.97||Graham||Corona Roosevelt|
|4×400 Relay||Cathedral Catholic (9)||3:51.55||3:46.24||Corona Roosevelt|
|Shot Put||Laulauga Tausaga (5)||Mount Miguel||46-1||50-2 1/4||Bruckner||San Jose Valley|
|Shot Put||Lenford (3)||Oceanside||61-8||71-11 1/2||Katnik||Bellflower St. John Bosco|
|Discus||Lenford (9)||180-10||194-8||McMorris||Santa Ana Mater Dei|
|Long Jump||Tanner Battikha (5)||St. Augustine||23-8 3/4||24-10 1/2||Vann||Oxnard Rio Mesa|
|Triple Jump||Miller (7)||Oceanside||47-7 3/4||49-3||Smith||Moraga St. Mary's College High|
|Pole Vault||Zawadski (7T)||Patrick Henry||15-7||16-3 1/4||Lauf||El Dorado Hills Oak Ridge|