2018 Senior Boys MileSplit Super 17 All-State Team
Kazmier Allen, Asani Hampton, Christian Shakir-Ricks in the 100m final at State. Allen and Shakir-Ricks were two of nine individual champions in the senior class, as was Jason Gomez below. (Louis Amestoy photos)
The MileSplitCA Super 17 All-State Teams are subjective selections with strong consideration given to CIF-State Meet finals results, top placing at the section finals level, season-long consistency at a high level, and versatility. Top marks within the class is a consideration but not a guarantee of making this list.
The challenge in selecting the Senior Boys team(s) is that there are so many high-level specialists. There are nine State Meet individual champions in this class. Of the medals at the State Finals (given to the top six finishers), the 2018 boys class took 44 of them. Six athletes won two medals. Seven athletes took 10 of the 2nd place medals, and 11 took 13 of the 3rd place medals. That is 25 individuals who placed among the top three at the State Final!
That math doesn't work to fill a 17-athlete team. So we opted for two teams and before long, the depth of the class inspired us to create a third team. And honorable mention.
So, yes, placement at the State Meet finals was vital in the decision-making for these teams but not always the bottomline factor. State champions are first-teamers, no doubt. Runners-up were guaranteed at least second-team placement. Bronze medalists were slotted at least on third team. Those who excelled in multiple events were often given the nod over single-event performances. High-end marks were considered on an individual basis. National-caliber performers whose season ended prematurely because of injury were given the benefit of the doubt with those who were able to survive the season and excel on the biggest stage. It took a rare performer for that scenario and we had two, one who made the first team and one who made the second team.
This is the eighth installment of a 10-part series leading up to the overall MileSplitCA All-State teams.
Sondre Guttormsen, pictured at Arcadia, won two State medals including pole vault gold. (Clark Kranz photo)
State champion 100 meters (10.44/0.7 is US #18t in the class, WL); PR 10.34/3.4 from CS finals is US #13t all-conditions; football recruit to play running back at UCLA is a two-time State 100m medalist (6th as a junior) and two-time CS champion.
Runner-up at State (1:50.79 is CA #2, US #15t, US #11 in the class); won at Arcadia (1:52.60) and NC MOC (1:51.69); State champion as a junior (1:51.07).
State champion 110 hurdles (13.97/1.0); PR 13.93 from State Prelims is CA #1 wind-legal, CA #2 all-conditions); knocked out at SS D2 Prelims as a junior, Ellis rebounded to win six events, including Inland Empire Championships (14.67/-0.5), Mt SAC Relays (14.36/1.2, his previous PR before State), and the SS D3 title (14.49/-0.9).
State runner-up long jump (24-00.50/1.9); wind-legal PR 24-02.50/0.9 at KBell is US #10; all-conditions PR 25-0 at CCS Top 8 is CA #2, US #5; had four meets where he went 24-feet or farther.
State champion 400 meters (46.97 is CA #1, US #12 in the class); three-time State qualifier, first-time medalist; ran 47.31 to win at Stanford, 47.41 to win NC MOC, and 47.54 for the top time at State Prelims.
State champion 800 meters (1:50.21 is CA #1, US #8 and US #6 in the class); two-time State medalists (4th as a junior, 1:52.22); CCS champion (1:52.89).
State champion pole vault (17-10, a meet record) and State runner-up 110 hurdles (14.02/1.0 PR, CA #5); PR in the pole vault of 18-02.50 to win at Arcadia is a CA record and ranks US #4 this season; had five meets where he went 17-7 or higher, including 17-11 to win at Texas Relays and 17-9 to win the Halden Invitational.
State runner-up 100 meters (10.45/0.7) and 200 meters (21.13/0.3); 100m PR of 10.26/0.1 at league final is US #3 wind-legal, US #6t all-conditions and is the second-fastest wind-legal time in CA history behind the record of 10.25 set by Hawthorne's Henry Thomas in 1985.
One of the top dual hurdlers in the US had his season disrupted by injury; 110 hurdles PR of 13.98 from Arcadia is CA #3t; ran 14.03 to win at Stanford; 300H PR of 37.47 is CA #3 for 2nd at Arcadia.
State runner-up triple jump (49-03/1.1); PR 49-10.25/0.9 at Arcadia is US #12 among wind-legal marks; 3rd at State in the long jump (23-08.50/1.0); PR 24-10/2.5 at SDS Finals is US #7 all-conditions and US #8 in the class;
State champion discus throw (182-07 PR, CA #11t); football recruit to play linebacker at Arizona State had his best three throws of his life in the last three meets, going 180-09 for 2nd at SS Masters and 176-10 for 7th at State Prelims.
Two-time State champion and four-time State Meet medalist for the high jump; championship clearance of 7-2 is just off PR of 7-3 (US #3t); had seven meets were he cleared at least 7-feet.
4th at State in the 400 (47.52); PR of 47.47 to win SS Masters is CA #6; SS Division 2 champion (48.34); member of 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that helped Murrieta Mesa to the overall team championship.
|100, 200, Relays|
State champion 200 meters (20.98/0.2, CA #1); 3rd at State 100 meters (10.54/0.7); anchored winning 4x400 relay (3:10.86, US #1), and 5th place 4x100 relay (41.51); 200 PR at State US #11in the class for wind-legal marks; 100 PR at State Prelims of 10.51 is CA #3.
|LJ, TJ, Relay|
Two-time State champion triple jump (49-11.75/0.6); 5th at State long jump (23-04.50/1.1); ran third leg one winning 4x100 relay team (40.99); TJ PR of 50-06.75/0.1 (at SS Division 1 finals) is US #7 all-conditions, US #5 wind-legal marks, and US #5 in the class; LJ PR of 24-03/0.0 (at Arcadia) is US #6t wl.
3rd at State in the 800 (1:51.07; CA #3, US #13 in the class); SS Division 2 champion (1:52.36); SS Masters champion (1:51.44); runner-up at Mt. SAC (1:53.21) and 4th at Arcadia (1:54.17).
The only double hurdles medalist at the State Meet; 4th in the 300H (37.57), 5th in the 110H (14.22/1.0); 110H PR 14.11 from State Prelims is CA #7; 300H PR of 37.56 from CS Finals is CA #6 (#4 in the class for both); two-time State qualifier and CS champion for 300H.