MileSplitCA Super 17 All-State Team: Sophomore Boys


Jesuit sophomore Matt Strangio celebrates his State 3200-meter title. (Louis Amestoy photo)


The MileSplitCA Super 17 All-State Teams are subjective selections with strong consideration given to CIF-State Meet finals qualification (3200 excluded), top placing at the section finals level, season-long consistency at a high level, and versatility. Top marks within the class nationally, more than in CA, also are given strong consideration. High ranking or at the top of the class in CA is not a guarantee of making this list.

This sophomore boys class (of 2020) is deep with two CIF-State champions, nine State Meet medalists (top 6), three US leaders in the class, one CA overall leader regardless of class. Boys in this class occupy 26 spots among the top 11 in the national rankings of 2020 athletes, according to the sortable MileSplit Rankings database. 

This is the fourth installment of a 10-part series leading up to the overall MileSplitCA All-State teams. 

Pictured at right: Caleb Foster (Clovis North) is arguably CA's most versatile athlete in the 2020 class. (Louis Amestoy photo)




St. Mary's sophomore Malcolm Clemons won the State long jump title. (Louis Amestoy photo)

2018 Sophomore Boys MileSplit Super 17 All-State Team

(listed alphabetically)

NameSchool (Section)Event(s)Comments

KOSI AGINA

Sanger High (CS)

TJ

Placed 6th at State in the TJ (46-09.00) after jumping a PR 47-10.75 in prelims, the third best in prelims and US #4 all conditions. 

BRANDON ANDRADE

Redwood High School (CS)

300HPlaced 7th at State in the 300H (38.27); Ran PR of 38.19 at Central Section finals, CA #13 overall, US #13 in the class; also triple jumps and runs the 110 hurdles.

MALCOLM CLEMONS

St. Mary's College High (NC)

LJ, TJ

CIF-State champion in the long jump (25-01/2.5; US #1 in the class, CA #1 overall, US #2t overall, all conditions); 24-05.25 to win at Stanford; 23-10.50 for 2nd at Arcadia, and 24-04.50 to win the NC Meet of Champions; had the 5th best qualifying mark at State in the TJ (47-7.5) but scratched out of the final.

JEFF DUENSING

Esperanza High School (SS)

DT, SP

CIF-State runner-up in the shot put (61-06.75; CA #3 overall); SS Division 3 champion (61-02.50), SS Masters Meet champion (60-01.75); SS D3 champion in the discus throw (182-7 PR; CA #11 overall; US #4 in the class) and State meet qualifier.

AIDAN ELBETTAR

Newport Harbor High School (SS)

DT, SP

Placed 6th at State in the shot put (58-02.75); best of 58-5 to win the Trabuco Hills Invitational is CA #4 and US #9 in the class; 168-7 PR in the discus throw is CA #4 in the class.

CALEB FOSTER

Clovis North (CS)

100m, 110H, LJPlaced 4th at State in the long jump (23-07), 7th in the 110 hurdles (14.62) and ran a leg on the runner-up 4x100 relay team; Ranks top-11 US in the class in the 100m (10.68) and 110H (14.43).

ANTHONY GROVER

JSerra Catholic (SS)

1600Qualified as an at-large into the SS Masters Meet and earned his way from there into the State final field of 12 where he ran 4:16.63 for 9th; ran 4:13.35 PR at Masters (CA #15 overall; US #7t in the class).

NAMIR HEMPHILL

Upland High (SS)

200, 400, TJ

Ranks CA #1 in the class in the 200, 400 at TJ; All-conditions best TJ of 48-10 is CA #5 overall, and US #3 in the class; runner-up at SS D2 finals (45-7.75), 4th at SS Masters (46-04.25) to qualify for State (45-10 for 13th at prelims, missing the qualifying 12th spot by 2.25 inches); 1st Baseline League for 200m (21.67/3.7) and 7th at the D2 final; runner-up at Mt. SAC in the 400 (49.12; CA #4).

QUINTEN LYONS

Notre Dame Sherman Oaks (SS)

DT, SP

Placed 5th at State in the shot (58-6.25) following PR of 58-10.25 in prelims (CA #2 in the class, #11 overall and US #6); 3rd at SS Division 3 finals in the discus (165-1) with a PR of 172-06 (CA #3, US #11t).


JAMAR MARSHALL

St. Mary's Stockton (SJ)          

110H, 300H              The top 110 hurdler in the state regardless of grade with CA #1 and US #8t overall all-conditions best of 13.68 (2.3); false start at SJ Masters cost him a chance to compete at State after sweeping both hurdles at SJ finals; Masters champion 300 hurdles (38.31 PR; CA #2 in the class).                 

CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON-PEARSON

Dublin High School (NC)

1600

Placed 8th at State (4:15.72); PR of 4:12.15 for 2nd at NC Meet of Champions is CA #1 and US #3 in the class.

RYAN MULHOLLAND

Del Oro High (SJ)

200Placed 7th at the State final in the 200 (21.75; CA #2 in the class); ran 200m PR of 21.70 for 6th at State prelims; ran 100m PR of 10.86 for 5th at SJ Masters.

TOBIN PHILLIPS

Clovis North (CS)

DT, SP

State finalist in the shot put, placing 10th in the final (53-03.05); CS North Area Trials SP (54-09.50); 3rd at section final SP (54-1.25); Won Fresno F/S Championships with PR (58-07, CA #12 overall; CA#3 and US #7 in the class); Discus PR (139-4 for 6th North Area Trials).

SOLOMON STRADER

Trinity Classical Academy (SS)

400PR of 47.49 for 2nd at the SS Masters Meet is CA #1 and US #6 in the class and CA #7 overall; won SS Division 4 titles in the 200 (21.96 PR) and 400 and qualified for State in both; ran 48.21 for 6th in 400 qualifying but was a no-show for the 200 and subsequently was scratched the 400 final.

MATT STRANGIO

Jesuit (SJ)

3200

CIF-State champion for 3200 meters (8:56.18), out-sprinting senior Justin Hazell (El Camino Real/LA) in the homestretch for the title; PR is CA and US #1 in the class and CA #2 overall and US #15 overall; Posted 3.08-second 1600 PR (4:13.41) in winning at Golden West post-State Finals. 

KYLER VAN GROUW

Central High School (CS)

DT, SP

Placed 5th at State in the discus throw (181-00.00); PR of 181-2 for 3rd at the Battle of Central Cal is CA #2, US #5; also threw 180-4 for 4th at State prelims; Shot put PR of 53-7 is CA #6 in the class.

TIANHAO WEI

South Pasadena Senior High (SS)

TJ

Placed 5th at State in the triple jump (47-04.50); PR of 47-6 for 2nd at SS Masters is CA #1, US #2 in the class; SS Division 3 finalist in the long jump with a PR of 21-09.50 to win the Rio Hondo League title.


Honorable Mention: Isaiah Galindo (Clovis North (CS) 3200), Hunter Escorcia (Vista Murrieta (SS) 110H, 300H), Chase Gordon (Jesuit (SJ) 800), Anthony Johnson (Long Beach Poly (SS) sprints), Everett Steward (Long Beach Poly, 800), Scott Toney (St. Francis Mt. View (CC), PV), Nico Young (Newbury Park High School (SS) 3200).

Adaptive All-State Sophomores: Ethan Fong (Lowell (SF) 200m champion, 400m champion), Parker Harvey (San Diego (SD) 100m champion, shot put champion), Saque Hernandez Velasco (San Francisco International (SF) 400m runner-up, shot put runner-up), Joseph Lehmeukuler (Mission Viejo (SS) 200m runner-up), Henry Waterman (Mater Dei (SS) 100m runner-up).

Jeff Duensing is the top dual thrower in the 2020 class. (Jeffrey Parenti photo)

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