CA Will Be Well Represented At The Texas Relays

Some of California's elite athletes and relay teams are on the road to Texas this week to compete in the Texas Relays being held at the University of Texas Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. 

Among the Golden Staters looking to represent in the Lone Star State are defending state 100-meter champion De'Anna Nowling of Calabasas, defending state co-high jump champion Rachel Glenn of Long Beach Wilson, Bella Witt of Calabasas, the current state leader in the 100 hurdles, the CA-leading Scripps Ranch girls 4x100 relay team, and the Long Beach Poly boys relay team that leads the state in the 4x100, 4x400, 4x200, SMR and DMR.

Nowling, a senior, is scheduled to compete in the 100 and the 4x100 relay. Glenn, a junior who also is the CA leader in the 300 hurdles and ranks second in the 400 meter run, is scheduled to compete in the high jump, the 4x400 relay and is in the pool for the 1600m SMR. Witt, a sophomore, is entered in the 100 hurdles and is a member of the 4x100 relay. 

Jaymie Ruskovich, a sophomore and a member of the Scripps Ranch 4x100, is also entered in the 100. Additionally, Scripps Ranch, San Diego Section's lone representative at this meet, is scheduled to run in the 4x200, 4x400 and 1600m SMR.

While Glenn is not scheduled in the 300 hurdles, two of CA's elites are: Long Beach Poly senior Kenya Payne and Calabasas senior Kyla Robinson-Hubbard. With an early-season best of 42.56, Robinson-Hubbard ranks second in the state. She went 41.82 to win the CIF-SS Masters Meet last spring and went 42.07 for second at the State Meet.

Long Beach Poly, the in-season favorite to win the state boys team title, will put its JackRabbit speed on display in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. The JackRabbits are also scheduled to show off their depth in the DMR. 

And if speed and distance depth isn't enough, the JackRabbits also have stellar senior hurdler Liam Anderson scheduled to compete in both the 110s and 300s. Anderson currently ranks third in CA in the 110s and eighth in the 300s.

Like LB Poly, Calabasas is the in-season favorite to win the state girls team title. In addition to Nowling, Witt and Robinson-Hubbard, the Coyotes also have sophomore Jade McDonald scheduled in the relays, the long jump and the triple jump. 

Also on the trip is Rancho Cucamonga, highlighted by senior sprinter Christopher Hill in the relays and junior Abby Venglass in the throws; Dana Hills, highlighted by distance relays plus individual boys distance runners Garrett Hough and Simon Fuller; and Esperanza junior Jeff Duensing in the shot put and discus throw. Duensing was the State Meet runner-up in the shot put as a sophomore and is the defending CIF-SS Division 3 champion in the discus throw.

Full list of CA athletes and relay teams by event:


100 meter dash
39-Jaymie Ruskovich (So./ Scripps Ranch/SD)
52-Raquel McDaniel (Jr./ Rancho Cucamonga/SS)
59-De'Anna Nowling (Sr./ Calabasas/SS)

100 Hurdles 
36-DeAira Jackson (Jr./ Rancho Cucamonga/SS)
69-Bella Witt (So./ Calabasas/SS) 

300 Hurdles
8-DeAira Jackson (Jr./ Rancho Cucamonga/SS)
11-Kenya Payne (Sr./ LB Poly/SS)
14-Kyla Robin-Hubbard (Sr./ Calabasas/SS)

4x100 Relay
46-Long Beach Poly/SS
63-Rancho Cucamonga/SS
76-Scripps Ranch/SD

4x200 Relay
30-Long Beach Poly/SS
39-Rancho Cucamonga/SS
48-Scripps Ranch/SD

4x400 Relay
20-Dana Hills/SS
42-Long Beach Wilson/SS
67-Scripps Ranch

4x800 Relay
8-Dana Hills/SS

Sprint Medley Relay (1600m)
6-Dana Hills/SS
12-Long Beach Wilson/SS
15-Scripps Ranch/SD

High Jump
8-Rachel Glenn (Jr./ LB Wilson/SS)

Long Jump
16-Jade McDonald (So./ Calabasas/SS)

Triple Jump
13-Jade McDonald (So./ Calabasas/SS)

Shot Put
26-Abby Venglass (Jr./ Rancho Cucamonga/SS)


100 meter dash
37-Kalel Jackson (Sr./ Rancho Cucamonga/SS)
62-Mark Perry (Sr./ Rancho Cucamonga/SS)

110 Hurdles
1-Liam Anderson (Sr./ Long Beach Poly/SS)
3-Cullin Bates (Sr./ Rancho Cucamonga/SS)

300 Hurdles 
1-Liam Anderson (Sr./ LB Poly/SS)

1600 meter run
8-Garrett Hough (Jr./ Dana Hills/SS)

3200 meter run
5-Simon Fuller (Sr./ Dana Hills/SS)

4x100 Relay
46-Long Beach Poly/SS
62-Rancho Cucamonga/SS

4x200 Relay
29-LB Poly/SS
30-LB Wilson/SS
42-Rancho Cucamonga/SS

4x400 Relay
21-Dana Hills/SS
40-LB Poly/SS
41-LB Wilson/SS
53-Rancho Cucamonga/SS
58-Scripps Ranch/SD

4x800 Relay
3-Dana Hills/SS
11-LB Wilson/SS

Sprint Medley Relay (1600m)
2-Dana Hills/SS
10-LB Wilson/SS

Distance Medley Relay
4-Dana Hills/SS
14-LB Poly/SS

Shot Put
7-Jeff Duensing (Jr./ Esperanza/SS)

Discus Throw