Many of the top track and field athletes in California are schedule to compete Saturday at the CA Winter Championships at Arcadia HS.
The list of top returners entered into the meet includes 2018 CIF-State Meet champions Laurel Wong (girls pole vault) and Daniel Viveros (boys shot put), as well as a strong group of the CA's elites. That list includes sprinter Jazmyne Frost, who helped lead Gardena Serra to the girls team title last June; Great Oak girls distance stars Tori Gaitan and Fatima Cortes (a double winner here last year); top boys sprinters, including Kenan Christon, Christopher Hill and Cristian Moore; Great Oak boys distance relays going after meet records, and State medal-winning girls throwers Faith Bender and Natalie Ramirez.
Saturday will be the fourth consecutive year the California Winter Championships will be held outdoors at Arcadia High following previous years indoors at Fresno State. The CA Winter Championships continues the tradition of the indoor meet allowing athletes to compete in indoor-length events, albeit outdoors.
- Long jump (Jalyn Jackson)
- Triple jump (Jackson)
- High jump (Kevin Schmitt)
- Weight throw (Silas Hurst)
- Pentathlon (Josh Farmer)
- Fatima Cortes (1500 - defending champion 1500 and 3000)
- Egbe Ndip-agbor (300 runner-up)
- Tori Gaitan (3000 runner-up)
- Alyssa Blockburger (600 champion)
- Alexys Ford (600 runner-up)
- Kyle Kimble (60 Hurdles - fourth, top returner)
- Bella Witt (60 Hurdles - third, top returner)
- Jack Wright (Pole Vault - fifth as a freshman, top returner)
- Girls Pole Vault (top three and five of the top six from 2018 are entered as part of a 30-jumper field)
- Faith Bender (Shot Put - third at Winter Champs as a freshman, eighth at State)
- Faith Bender (Weight Throw - second at Winter Championships, fifth at State in the discus throw)
- Natalie Ramirez (Shot Put - third at State; Weight Throw - seventh at State in the discus. Her shot put qualifying best of 45-07.75 ranks No. 6 U.S. this winter.)
- Kyla Robinson-Hubbard (600 - one of the nation's best returning 300 hurdlers)
- Warren Williams (60 Hurdles - fourth 110 hurdles at State)
- DeAndra McDaniel (Triple Jump - fourth at State; also competing in the long jump)
- Boys 60-Meters (Two of the state's top sprinters whose 2018 season was lost to injury are entered here, Christopher Hill and Cristian Moore. Hill is also entered in the 300. Hill ran 6.87 in 60m qualifying, equalling the No. 11 time in the U.S. this winter. He has the No. 2 time in CA in the 300m (34.79) behind Brendan Fong, whose 34.41 ranks U.S. No. 14.)
- Boys 1500 (Great Oak, which placed second at Nike Cross Nationals in the fall after winning a fifth consecutive State cross country title, has 13 runners qualified in this event.)
- Solomon Strader (600 - State Meet qualifier in the 200 and 400. His 600m qualifying mark of 1:21.23 ranks No. 5 in the U.S. this winter.)
- Sofia Abrego (1500/3000 - A freshman who is among the State's elite distance runners.)
- Boys Relays: Great Oak is stacking the DMR and 4x800 relays, undoubtedly with record times as the goal. The top Wolfpack DMR team is scheduled to line up as Chris Verdugo, Mateo Joseph, Ryan Shields and Tyler Tickner.
- Girls SMR: Calabasas has three teams entered into the Sprint Medley Relay, the best of which is scheduled to line up as Kennedy Waite, Bella Witt, Robinson-Hubbard and Nowling.