CA All-State T&F: Senior Girls

2018 Senior Girls MileSplit Super 17 All-State Team

Tierra Robinson-Jones became the State Meet's only double winner. (James Leash photo)

First Team

(listed alphabetically)


Ariyonna Augustine

Long Beach Poly/SS

100, 200

Placed 2nd at State in the 200 (23.70/0.3) and 3rd in the 100 (11.65/1.2); State champion in both short sprints as a junior; 11.56/1.0 PR in the 100m from Arcadia is US #10; 23.53 PR in the 200m from league final is CA #1, US #8 and US #15 overall.

Breanna Bernard-Joseph


100H, 300H

State champion in the 300 hurdles running 41.76 PR (CA #1, US #8t); three-time State medalists in the 300H; also qualified for the final in the 100 hurdles, running 14.26 for 8th; second year in a row making the State final in the 100H and third consecutive year as a State qualifier; 13.92 PR from SS Masters is CA #7.

McKenna Brown

La Costa Canyon/SD

1600, 3200

Stricken by a virus at State, Brown was nowhere near her usual self in Clovis. She ran both the 1600 prelims and 3200 final but was hardly the US-ranked distance star she had been all season. Note that Brown's 4:45.46 from the Mt. SAC Relays is CA #6 and US #10 and her SDS-record 3200 of 10:15.97 from the Escondido Invitational is CA #7, US #15 and US #10 in the class.

Abigail Burke

Riverside Poly/SS


Despite a coaching change, Burke was again at her best on the biggest stage, jumping a PR and winning a State title for the second year in a row, one of only two champions from 2017 to defend. Oddly, Burke was declared a co-champion with Long Beach Wilson sophomore Rachel Glenn when meet management decided to buck the traditional rules and not conduct a jump-off. 

Mariah Castillo


1600, 3200

Like Brown above, Castillo wasn't not at her best at the State final. Nonetheless, she is one of the elites in the US ranking #4 in the 3200 (10:06.47 for 1st at SS Masters) and #6 for 1600 (4:43.69 at Mt. SAC). Castillo proved to have a short memory, winning the 1-Mile at Brooks PR a week later in 4:41.40 which converts to 4:39.77 for 1600, the the eighth-fastest time in CA history.

Elena Denner

Oak Ridge/SJ

1600, 3200

State champion for 3200 running 10:10.32 PR (CA #4, US #10); this after placing 4th in the 1600 (4:45.49); PR for 1600 (4:45.15 for 3rd at Sac-Joaquin Masters) is CA #5, US #8; Placed 4th in the 3200 as a junior; twin sister Maddy won the 1600 two years in a row and was runner-up to Elena in the 3200.

Maddy Denner

Oak Ridge/SJ

1600, 3200

State 1600 champion for the second year in a row and 3200 runner-up for the second year in a row. Winning 1600 time of 4:42.77 (is CA #2 , US #2);  ran 10:11.56 for 2nd to twin sister Elena in the 3200; PR of 10:08.01 in winning at Mt. SAC Relays is CA #2, US #7. Recently won the 2-Mile at New Balance Nationals, finishing in 10:04.53 despite a nasty spike with 600 to go that required stitches. That time is US #6 and ranks ninth all-time in CA. 

Danae Dyer

Temecula Valley/SS


Runner-up at State in the 100 hurdles to Jada Hicks. Dyer's winning time of 13.67 (1.3) is .02 off her PR of 13.65 (1.8) from league finals from SW final is US #5t); three-time State Meet finalist. PR is CA #2, US #13t and US #5 in the class.

Arianna Fisher

Silver Creek/CC


State champion for the triple jump, 41-07 (2.0) is CA #2 and US #10 among wind-legal marks; all-conditions PR of 42-9 from the CCS Top 8 is CA #1 and US #3; three-time State Meet qualifier for the TJ, two-time finalist and first-time medalist.

Erica Grotegeer



State champion in the discus throw, winning with a PR of 174-09 (CA #1, US #3). Three-time State qualifier and two-time medalist; four-time Northern Section champion; in 14 meets as a senior, Grotegeer won 11 and had the second-best throw at Stanford (156-11), Arcadia (166-5) and State Prelims (163-2).

Hannah Hall

James Logan/NC


Placed 2nd at State in the discus throw (154-04) and 4th in the shot put (44-08.25), the only thrower to medal in both events; DT PR is CA #3, US #9 and US #6 in the class; shot put season best (45-5.25 in winning Sacramento MOC) is CA #5; four-time State qualifier in the DT and two-time medalist; four-time State qualifier in the SP, three-time finalist and two-time medalist. Three-time NC MOC champion in both throws.

Jada Hicks


100H, 200

State champion for the 100 hurdles (13.35/1.3); Ran PR 13.24 at State Prelims for CA #1, US #3; four-time State qualifier in the 100H and three-time medalist; also a State finalist in the 200 where she placed 7th (24.37);  PR in the 200 (23.76/3.8 at league final ) is CA #6; also ranked CA #10 in the 100 (11.82/nwi), and ran a key leg on the 4x100 relay (45.71; CA #2, US #7).

Cathilyn McIntosh

Del Oro/SJ


State champion in the 800 (2:05.22 PR for CA #1, US #3 and US #2 in the class); two-time State runner-up in the 800 finally got to the top of the medals stand clocking the seventh-fastest time in CA history; followed State victory with a win at Brooks PR (2:06.50); ran 2:10.77 to win third consecutive SJ Masters title and followed that with a 2:07.64 at State Prelims, just off her 2:07.62 previous PR from the 2017 State final. Has eight sub-2:10s in her career. 

Maliyah Medley

El Toro/SS

200, 400

Double-medialist at State, placing 2nd in the 400 (53.08 PR) and 5th in the 200 (24.15); 400 PR is CA #2, US #12 and US #6 in the class; 200 PR (24.09 from State Prelims) is CA #9. Three-time State Meet medalist in the 400 and two-time State medalist in the 200; two-tme SS Masters and SS Division 1 champion at 400. 

Nikki Merritt

Santa Margarita/SS

100H, 300H, 100, 200

The most versatile sprinter/hurdler in the class; arguably the top girls athlete in Orange County history; placed 3rd at State in the 300 hurdles (42.28) and 6th in the 100 hurdles (13.93/1.3 PR); 300H PR of 42.23 from league prelims is CA #4, and US #11 in the class; SS D3 champion in the 100m and both hurdles; ranks top-10 in CA in the 100m (11.82/1.6), 200m (, 100H and 300H.

Olivia O'Keeffe

Davis Senior/SJ

1600, 3200

Double-medalist at State placing 2nd in the 1600 (4:43.69) and 3rd in the 3200 (10:12.56); has two 2nds and a 3rd for 1600 in three years at the State Final; first year also running 3200 showed her versatility. 1600 PR of 4:42.71 from winning SJ Masters is US #1; 3200 PR from State is CA #5, US #11.

Tierra Robinson-Jones

Bishop O'Dowd/NC

200, 400

Double State Meet champion, winning the 200 (23.66/0.3) and 400 (52.37); unseated 2017 champion Ariyonna Augustine in the 200; 400 PR from State final is CA #1, US #3 and US #1 in the class; 200 PR (23.56/-0.4) is CA #2. Four-time State Meet finalists and three-time medalist at 400; runner-up in 2017; ran only other sub-53 to win NC MOC (52.69).

Senior Girls Sortable Rankings

Jada Hicks (5) won the State title in the 100 hurdles. (File photo)