2014: League Finals Produce State Contenders

It’s that time of year.

Fire-delayed league finals didn’t slow San Diego Section track and field athletes in their pursuit of May-June honors. Seven new state top 10 performances were recorded (see table below).

Poway’s Brandon Lucas turned a wind-assisted :10.64 100 meters and hustled to a :21.18 200 (County No. 13 all-time) in the Palomar League finals. Mission Hills Suzie Acolatse ran :11.83 in the Valley League 100.

Oceanside’s Kevin Dodds moved up in the triple jump at 48-1, with wind, while teammate Jordan Miller proffered a wind-aided 23-8 long jump.

Poway’s Charlie Bush cleared 15-9 in the pole vault  and Mt. Carmel’s Tobe Ezeokoli logged :48.16 in the Valley League 400.

Lucas and other members of  Poway’s  fine short and long relay teams sat out those events but will be action this week. Brian Thomas, the Section 400-meter leader from Scripps Ranch, scratched from the 200 after struggling to :53.87 and seventh place in the Eastern League 400.

Ill or injured, Thomas would have to get a favorable nod to be byed into the San Diego Section trials.

Although she did not break into the state’s top 10, Cathedral’s Dani White raced over the 100 hurdles in :14.28, Section No. 3 all-time, in Western finals.

White’s teammate, Hannah Labrie-Smith, No. 2 in the state 300 hurdles at :42.24,  was cut a break when Long Beach Poly’s Ebony Crear, the leader at :41.46, stumbled and fell in a Southern Section divisional meet.

Unless Crear is politicked into the Southern Section final this week, Labrie-Smith will have one less formidable  rival in the upcoming meets.

Section trials will be at Mt. Carmel Saturday.  Girls competition starts at 9 a.m., followed by the boys at 2 p.m.

State Finishers


Overlooked in the table is Augusta Thomason of Rancho Bernardo, who is third in the state with a 12-foot, 7-inch pole vault.

Event Place Mark Name School Meet Date
Shot PutB 1 65-5 1/2 Doton Ogendeji Madison Mt. San An tonio 04/19/14
100 HurdlesG 2 :42.24 Hannah Labrie-Smith Cathedral Arcadia Invitational 04/12/14
200B 2 :21.18 Brandon Lucas Poway Palomar League 05/19/14
3200B 3 8:53.95 Steven Fahy La Costa Canyon Arcadia Invitational 04/12/14
Triple JumpB 6 48-1w Kevin Dodds Oceanside Valley League 05/19/14
3200G 6 10:23.50 Emma Abrahamson LaCosta Canyon Arcadia Invitational 04/12/14
1600G 8T 4:55.39 Kelly Bernd Canyon Crest vs. Mt. Carmel 04/17/14
400 RelayB 8 :41.62 Poway Escondido Invitational 05/02/14
Long JumpB 8 23-8w Jordan Miller Oceanside Valley League 05/19/14
100B 9T :10.64w Brandon Lucas Poway Palomar League 05/19/14
100G 10T :11.83 Suzie Acolatse Mission Hills Avocado East 05/19/14
800B 10 1:53.60 Derek Morton Mt. Carmel vs. Westview 04/03/14
Discus 10 180-2 Doton Ogundeji Madison vs. Eastlake 03/06/14
High JumpB 10T 6-8 Luis Carson Bonita Vista vs. Eastlake 04/13/14
PoleVaultB 10T 15-9 Charlie Bush Poway Palomar League 05/19/14
Triple JumpB 10 47-3 ½ DeAndre Benson Point Loma Eastern League Trials 05/13/14
400B 10 :48.16 Tobe Ezeokoli Mt. Carmel Valley League 05/19/14
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