Carson's Jonon Young has is the defending champion in both horizontal jumps. (Scott Padgett photo)
The Los Angeles City Section Championship is Thursday at El Camino College in Torrance.
Field events are at 2 p.m., exhibition relays at 4:30 p.m., opening ceremonies at 5 p.m., and track events at 5:30 p.m.
The LA City Section is guaranteed three automatic qualifying spots per event per gender into the CIF-State Championships June 1-2 at Clovis Buchanan HS. Additional athletes may advance by hitting a statewide at-large standard. (Those standards are listed at the bottom of this article.)
There weren't a lot of elite standard performances at the section prelims last week at Birmingham HS, only 16, in fact. But it was a qualifying meet, so we're not reading too much into that.
Individuals to watch
- Carson trio of jumpers: Jonon Young, Jaylen Walker and Indiah Turner (also a hurdler)
- Distance runner Elizabeth Rene (Palisades), the defending champion in the 1600
- Freshman hurdler Bella Witt (Birmingham)
- Maya Richardson (San Pedro), the defending champion in the 800
- Palisades Charter distance runners, freshman Miranda Schriver and sophomore Sarah Bentley, the defending 3200 champion
- Niaya Jones (Locke), the defending 100 hurdles champion
- Miracle Johnson (Dorsey), the defending shot put champion
- Distance runner Justin Hazell (El Camino Real)
- Hurdler/jumper Bailey Jones (Palisades Charter), the top qualifier in the long and triple jumps
- Hurdler Andre Butt II (Carson)
- Thrower Tobi Orisarayi (El Camino Real), the defending shot put champion
- Hurdler Ryan Fields (Hamilton)
- Sprinter Omari Williams (Dorsey)
- Quarter miler De Marq Jacque (Granada Hills)
- Distance runner Matthew Rios (Granada Hills)
- Young has won the triple jump each of the last two years, is the defending champion in the long jump and in her previous three seasons, never finished lower than second in either of the horizontal jumps.
- In the long jump, the Carson teammates Turner and Young rank tied for #4 and #7 in CA, respectively. Turner popped her PR of 19-05.25 at Mt. SAC. Young went her SB of 19-02.25 also at the Mt. SAC Relays held at El Camino College, the same venue as the section final. Young went 40-07 at Trabuco Hills in late March, the #7 jump in CA.
- Hazell is the defending champion in the 1600 and 3200 but is focusing on the eight-lap event this spring. He ranks CA #4 in the 3200 with his 9:00.60 SB at the Mt. SAC Relays. Hazell, bound for the University of Portland and the CA Division 1 champion in cross country, has a PR in the 3200 of 8:54.78 from the Arcadia Invitational in 2017.
- Butt II, the CA Winter Champion in the 60m hurdles, is CA #7 in the 110s with a 14.17 (1.4) PR from Arcadia.
- Fields went 38.64 at Arcadia to rank CA #21
- Jones has gone 48-0 in the triple jump for CA #9
- Carson's boys 4x100 relay team has gone 41.95 and is tied for #15 in CA; the Colts' girls 4x1 has gone 47.55 for CA #13
- Witt went 14.26 (1.6) at Arcadia in the 100 hurdles, a time that ranks CA #11
- Carson has won the last four girls team titles and five of the last seven.
- Dorsey has won the last two boys team titles, six of the last eight, seven of the last 10 and 17 overall dating to 1966.
An event-by-event breakdown of the best in the section with team scoring
Elite Prelims Performances
16 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.
CIF State Meet At-Large Standards
The Los Angeles City Section is allotted three automatic qualifiers per event per gender for the CIF-State Championships June 1-2 at Clovis Buchanan HS. Sections may enter additional competitors provided they have met or bettered the "At-Large" standard for their event in their Section Meet that qualifies athletes for the State Championships. In the running events, all times must be recorded on "Fully Automatic Timing" systems (FAT). No hand times will be accepted.