Hot weather and hot tracksters are heating up the San Diego Section.
Twelve section bests were recorded in league finals last week and the real racing (and jumping, vaulting, and throwing) begins with the Section trials, an all-day carnival at Mt. Carmel High Saturday.
STATE MEET IS GOAL
Qualifiers move on to the section finals May 25 and the champions and other survivors head north to Buchanan High in Clovis for the 96th State meet May 31-June 1.
The starter’s pistol will echo often as more than 100 races will be contested, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the first heat of the girls’ 400-meter relay and ending with the sixth and final heat of the boys’ 1,600-meter relay at 5:59 p.m,
The track events will be accompanied by at least 24 field event competitions.
At least 1,000 athletes will be on hand. Nine competitors in each event will qualify for the May 25 Masters meet, which will run concurrently with a B-level meet for additional athletes who met a qualifying standard.
Bring a sufficient amount of sun block lotion or spray and stay hydrated.
The Mt. Carmel concession stand hot dogs and hamburgers are recommended.
MONGIOVI IMPROVES IN 400
Most impressive league finals performances included a :54.99 400 by Melissa Mongiovi of West Hills. Her time was seventh fastest in San Diego Section history.
Suzie Acolatse of Mission Hills moved to 10th in the 100 meters after an :11.85 clocking and Cathedral’s Hannah Labrie-Smith is now 11th after her :14.53 in the 110 hurdles.