The MileSplitCA All-State teams are subjective selections with strong consideration given to performances at the end of the season with results from the CIF-State Championships as the baseline for selection. Athletes winning individual events are guaranteed a spot among the 25-member first team and those achieving a top-six podium result are guaranteed mention among either the 25-member second team or the honorable mention list.
In fact, a top-seven finish at in a final at the State Meet guaranteed at least an honorable mention.
While results from the State Championships is the foundation for the team, other factors are considered once all event champions are slotted. Other factors include first team placement on a MileSplitCA class-specific all-state team, historic/record performance during the season, top placement at the section level, top ranking at the state and U.S. level, and versatility.
2019 MILESPLITCA BOYS ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM
Newbury Park junior Nico Young, who ran two of the fastest 3200 times in CA history, including his runaway victory at the CIF-State Championships, leads our deep distance team. (Credit: Pat Rhames)
The 2019 MileSplitCA boys track and field first team is comprised of 25 members, 12 state champions, two double champions, three who defended titles from 2018 and another who won a title in 2019 in different event than he won in 2018.
There are 11 members of our first team who won two individual medals (top-six finish) at the State Championships and one -- Clovis North junior Caleb Foster -- who won three! And there are three who won at least one medal in an individual event and one in a relay and that group includes Foster!
So, that's a synopsis of our 2019 MileSplitCA Boys Track and Field First Team. Scroll below for a closer look at each individual.
The team is displayed by event groups and listed alphabetically under each event group header.
Kenan Christon (5), who equalled the 100m record at the CIF-State Meet and also won the 200m, leads our sprints group that collectively earned 12 State Championships medals. (Credit: Pat Rhames)
BRAYDEN BORQUEZ | Harvard Westlake/SS/Sr. | 400/300 Hurdles/Relays | Borquez, a
USC-bound sprinter/hurdler, placed second at the CIF-State Championships in the 400m in 46.83, the second-fastest time of his prep career and just his second time under 47 seconds. Borquez also ran second leg on the 4x100 relay team that placed fifth at State (41.71). His 400m PR of 46.67, from an April dual, ranked CA No. 3 and U.S. No. 11. He placed second in the quarter at the Southern Section Division 3 Finals (47.27) and third at SS Masters (47.62). He also won the Southern Section Division 3 title in the 300 hurdles (37.85) and his 37.28 PR from the Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational, in March ranks fourth in the state. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
KENAN CHRISTON | San Diego Madison/SD/Sr. | 100/200 |
Christon swept the short sprints at the State
Meet to cap a record-setting senior season. Christon won the 100m in 10.30 (1.2), equalling the State Meet record set in 1992 by another San Diego Section athlete, Riley Washington from Southwest HS. Christon came back at the State Meet to win the 200m (20.69/2.5). He ranks CA No. 1 and U.S No. 7 with his all-conditions 100m PR of 10.26 (2.6) and his wind-legal time from State ranks U.S. No. 3. His San Diego Section record 200m of 20.55 (1.9) ranks U.S. No. 3. Both wind-legal PRs rank CA No. 5 all-time. Headed to USC for football and track. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team and shared MileSplitCA Boys Track Performance of the Year, with Newbury Park distance runner Nico Young, for sweeping the sprints at the State Meet.
CHRISTIAN GRUBB | Sherman Oaks Notre Dame/SS/Sr. | 100/200 |
Grubb placed second in the 100m
(10.53/1.2) and third in the 200m (21.11/2.5) at the State Meet. His wind-legal 100m PR of 10.40 (1.4), where he beat Christon to win at Arcadia, and 20.93, where he also beat Christon to win at Mt. Carmel, both rank CA No. 2 behind Christon. Grubb, who swept the sprints at both the Southern Section Division 3 Final and SS Masters Meet, also won the D3 triple jump title and qualified for SS Masters (he placed eighth). His PR in that event of 47-10.50 (nwi) ranks CA No. 8. Grubb won 13 of 15 100m races this season and 12 of 15 200m races. Headed to UCLA for football and track. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
ZACHARY LARRIER | Elk Grove Monterey Trail/SJ/Sr. | 400/Relays |
Larrier opened the State Meet by
anchoring Monterey Trail to victory in the 4x100 relay (41.47), came back to win the 400m (46.73) and concluded his day anchoring the 4x400 relay to a sixth-place finish (3:20.37). With Larrier leading the way, Monterey Trail accumulated 27 points to place second in the team competition. His 400m PR of 46.49 for second at Arcadia ranks CA No. 1 and U.S. No. 5. He swept the 200 and 400 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet, winning the 400 for the second year in a row. He won 9 of 10 races at 200m with his only non-victory coming at Arcadia where he placed fourth despite a then-PR of 21.31. He ran his 21.30 PR the following week to win at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. Larrier won nine of 13 races at 400m but one of those non-victories was a runner-up finish at Arcadia with a 46.49, his first time running under 47 seconds. Headed to Air Force for football and track. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
RYAN MULHOLLAND | Loomis Del Oro/SJ/Jr. | 100/200 |
Top sprinter in the class and double-medalist at
the State Meet placing third in the 100m (10.53/1.2) and fourth in the 200m (21.24/2.5). He ran his sprint PRs at State Prelims, clocking CA No. 1 times in the class
of 10.48 (1.1) for 100m and 21.17 (1.2) for 200m. That 100m time ranks tied for U.S. No. 9 for wind-legal marks and U.S. No. 13 in the class wind-legal. Mulholland won both sprint titles at the Sac-Joaquin Masters Meet. Despite limited attempts, long jump PR of 23-09.50 ranks CA No. 4 in the class. MileSplitCA All-Junior first team.
CAMERON REYNOLDS | Concord Clayton Valley/NC/Sr. | 200/400/Relays |
Reynolds is believed to be the
only senior boy who competed in four track events at the State Meet's Saturday finals. The UCLA-bound sprinter reached the podium in two of those, placing second in the 200m (20.99/2.5) and fourth in the 400m (47.31). Reynolds anchored the 4x100 relay that placed seventh (42.45) and ran second leg on the 4x400 relay that also placed seventh (3:22.92). His 47.31 season-best 400m ranks CA No. 4 and his 20.99 (1.7) PR for 200m from State Prelims ranks CA No. 3. He won the 200m at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions for the second year in a row and placed second in the 400m at NCS MOC also for the second year in a row. Reynolds won nine of 12 races at 200m and seven of 11 races at 400m. He is a two-time State Meet finalist in both sprints and was a State Meet Prelims qualifier in the 200m as a sophomore. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
Liam Anderson (6), Peter Herold (7) and Matt Strangio (1) are first team selections who battled in both the 1600m and 3200m at State. Christopher Middleton-Pearson (2) earned second-team honors. (Credit: Dan Tyree)
LIAM ANDERSON | Larkspur Redwood/NC/Sr. | 1600/3200 | Anderson placed second at the State Meet in the 3200m (8:53.28) and third in the 1600 despite a season best time of 4:10.26. That time, the second fastest of his stellar prep career, ranks CA No. 6. He ran his 3200 PR of 8:51.89 for seventh at Arcadia. That time ranks CA No. 3. Anderson, bound for Stanford, won the 1600m at the North Coast Meet of Champions and reached the State Meet final in the 1600m three consecutive years, placing fourth, first and third, respectively, between 2017-2019. In the 3200m, he won the NCS MOC title twice, placed second as a sophomore, and reached the State Meet podium the last two seasons, placing fifth and second, respectively. He ran his 1600m PR of 4:09.31 to win the 1600m title at the 2018 State Meet. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
CHASE GORDON | Sacramento Jesuit/SJ/Sr. | 800 | Gordon placed second at the State Meet with a huge personal best time of 1:51.74. Gordon's PR time at State was .03 behind that of champion Kai Wingo and ranks CA No. 2 overall, CA No. 1 in the junior class and U.S. No. 8 in the class. Gordon also won the Sac-Joaquin Division 1 and Masters titles, won at the Stanford Invitational and placed second at both Arcadia (to Wingo) and Dublin. His time at State was a 1.32-second PR drop from his previous best from Arcadia of 1:53.06. Gordon qualified for the State Meet Prelims in the 800m as a sophomore. MileSplitCA All-Junior first team.
PETER HEROLD | San Juan Capistrano JSerra/SS/Sr. | 1600/3200 | Herold placed fourth at the State Meet in the 3200m with a PR of 8:58.34 and sixth in the 1600m with a time of 4:11.85. He joins Matt Strangio and Liam Anderson as the only runners to medal at both distances at the State Meet. Herold's 3200m PR ranks CA No. 4. He ran his 1600m PR of 4:10.52 as part of a 16/32 sweep at SS Division 1 Finals. He is the SS Masters champion for 1600m (4:11.38) and placed third for 3200m (9:02.93). Herold won six of nine races at 1600m and six of 10 for 3200m. His sweeps also included the OC Championships. On his 1600m resume, he had five races under 4:12 and another at 4:12.35. MileSplitCA All-Senior second team.
COLIN PEATTIE | San Jose Bellarmine College Prep/CC/So. | 1600/3200 | Placed second in the 1600m at
the State Meet (4:09.99) after running 4:10.48 at Prelims. Also ran in the 3200 at the State Meet where he placed eighth (9:09.17). His 1600 time from State ranks U.S. No. 1 in the class and CA No. 5 regardless of class. His 3200 time from State also ranks CA No. 1 in the class and U.S. No. 3. Peattie also ranks CA No. 7 in the class for 800m (1:57.08). He swept the distances at the Central Coast Section Final, winning the 1600 in 4:11.52 and the 3200 in 9:27.42. MileSplitCA All-Sophomore first team.
MATT STRANGIO | Sacramento Jesuit/SJ/Jr. | 1600/3200 | Strangio won the State title for 1600m with a personal-best time of 4:08.07, and placed third in the 3200m (8:57.69). He won all but one 1600m race this season, including Sac-Joaquin Section Masters. Strangio won five of seven 3200m races, including the Dublin Distance Fiesta where he ran what was at the time a U.S. No. 1 time of 8:47.97. That clocking still ranks CA No. 2, U.S. No. 3 (in the class and overall) and No. 18 all-time in CA. Strangio, who won the State 3200m title as a sophomore, unseated 2018 champion Liam Anderson to win the 1600m. MileSplitCA All-Junior first team.
KAI WINGO | Valencia/SS/Sr. | 800 | Wingo completed an untouchable season in the 800m, winning the State title in 1:51.71, the fastest time in CA this season. Wingo, headed to UCLA, won 10 races this season at 800m, including Arcadia (1:52.45), Mt. SAC Relays (1:52.11), Southern Section Division 1 (1:52.08) and SS Masters (1:54.87). As a junior, Wingo's best time in the event was 1:54.30. As a senior, he ran faster than that nine times. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
NICO YOUNG | Newbury Park/SS/Jr. | 1600/3200 | Young won the State Meet title for 3200m in 8:47.27, worthy of a top-20 time in state history but hardly his best. Young's 8:40.00 to win at Arcadia ranks CA No. 3 all-time and U.S. No. 1 this season. Young's winning time at State is the fastest since Riverbank's German Fernandez set the meet record of 8:34.23 in 2008 and the sixth fastest winning time dating to 1965. Young won all seven of his 3200 races this spring -- four running sub-9 -- including Southern Section Division 1 and SS Masters Meet titles. Young's 1600m PR of 4:07.33 from the APU Distance Meet of Champions ranks U.S. No. 8 overall. MileSplitCA All-Junior first team and shared MileSplitCA Boys Track Performance of the Year, with Madison's Kenan Christon, for his 3200 effort at Arcadia.
Caleb Foster (6), Jamar Marshall (5) and Warren Williams (4) are three of the nation's elite 110-meter hurdlers. Foster is represented here in the jumps group. (Credit: Pat Rhames)
JAMAR MARSHALL | Stockton St. Mary's/SJ/Jr. | 110 Hurdles/300 Hurdles | Marshall won the 110 meter hurdles title at the State Meet with the second-fastest all-conditions time in California history, 13.31 (3.3). He placed third in the 300 hurdles (37.28). Post-CIF season, Marshall ran the fastest time in California history and one of the fastest times in U.S. high school history when he placed third against college hurdlers with a 13.22 (1.5) at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Florida. Before that epic result, Marshall's time from State ranked U.S. No. 1 overall for all-conditions times. He also ranked U.S. No. 1 overall at 13.50 (0.4) from winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 title. Marshall ran his 300 hurdles PR of 36.74 at State Prelims. That time ranks U.S. No. 6 overall and U.S. No. 2 in the class. In the 110s during the CIF season, Marshall won 12 races, including Stanford, Arcadia, and the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters. In the 300s, he won eight times, including Arcadia and SJS Division 1. MileSplitCA All-Junior first team.
REYTE RASH | Riverside King/SS/Sr. | 300 Hurdles | Rash battled through a thigh injury during the post-
season but it didn't seem to slow him, especially at the end where his strong close in the 300 hurdles final fell .09 short of a title. For the second year in a row, Rash placed second to Caleb Lutalo Roberson in the 300m hurdles at the State Final, this time despite running a 36.41 PR that ranks CA No. 2, U.S. No. 3 and CA No. 16 all-time. Among his nine victories in the 300s, Rash won at Mt. SAC (37.20), Southern Section Masters (37.89) and went 36.59 for second at the SS Division 1 Final. He also placed second in the 110s (14.50) at SS Division 1. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
CALEB LUTALO ROBERSON | Upland/SS/Sr. | 300 Hurdles/Relays | Roberson won a second consecutive State Meet title in the 300 hurdles, holding off Southern Section rival Reyte Rash with a dive at the finish line that left both of these stellar competitors sprawled on the track at the end. Roberson's winning time of 36.32 was .09 ahead or Rash and ranks CA No. 1, U.S. No. 2 and CA No. 12 all-time. Roberson, headed to Wyoming for football, also won the Southern Section Division 1 titles in the 300 hurdles (36.35), 100m dash (10.59) and 4x400 relay (3:13.31/CA No. 3) where he ran the lead leg. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
WARREN WILLIAMS | Tracy Merrill West/SJ/Sr. | 110 Hurdles |
Williams placed third at the State Meet in the 110 hurdles (13.92/3.3). He competed in the same league as State Champion and U.S. leader Jamar Marshall. Williams ran his 110 hurdles PR of 13.55 (0.4) for second at the Sac-Joaquin Section Finals. That time ranks CA No. 2, tied for U.S. No. 4 and CA No. 9 all-time. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
Clovis North junior Caleb Foster won the long jump and the triple jump at the State Championships. (Credit: DeAnna Turner)
BEAU ALLEN | Santa Barbara San Marcos/SS/Sr.| High Jump |
Allen won the State title in the high jump with a clearance of 6-11. Allen cleared 7-00 at the Ventura Invitational in early March, a mark that ranks CA No. 1 and tied for U.S. No. 5. He also won at Stanford (6-08) and placed third at Southern Section Masters (6-08). Allen made the State Meet as a junior and placed fourth (6-08). MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
CALEB FOSTER | Clovis North/CS/Jr. | 110 Hurdles/Long Jump/Triple Jump/Relay | Foster won State Meet titles in the long jump (25-00/2.3) and triple jump (49-09.50/2.8) and placed second in the 110 hurdles (13.71/3.3). He also anchored the 4x100 relay team that placed second (41.49). Foster accounted for 28 points by himself -- 36 counting the relay -- to carry Clovis North to the boys team title (runner-up Monterey Trail had 27 points). His winning long jump mark of 25-01.25 from Arcadia ranks U.S. No. 1 in the class and tied for U.S. No. 6 regardless of class. His best in the triple ranks U.S. No. 2 in the class for wind-aided marks. MileSplitCA All-Junior first team. JACOB RICE | Rancho Bernardo/SD/Sr. | Pole Vault |
Rice placed second at the State Meet in the pole vault with a PR clearance of 16-05. That mark ranks CA No. 2. Rice placed first in 17 of 19 meets including winning a second consecutive San Diego Section title (16-03). He also won at Valley Center Jaguar (16-04) and Mt. SAC (16-03). MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
SAMUEL WRIGHT | Lodi/SJ/Sr. | Pole Vault | Wright won the State title in the pole vault with the second
best clearance of his life, 16-05. Runner-up Jacob Rice also cleared 16-05 but Wright did it in fewer attempts, earning the victory. Wright, headed to Harvard, hit a big PR of 16-08 at County Clash in mid-March, which ranks CA No. 1 and tied for U.S. No. 12. He also won at Arcadia (16-01) and Sac-Joaquin Section Masters (15-06). MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
Daniel Viveros, who unleashed one of the best shot put throws in CA history and also won a second consecutive CIF-State Championships title in that event, leads our throws group. (Credit: DeAnna Turner)
GINO CRUZ | Newbury Park/SS/Sr. | Discus Throw |
Cruz claimed the State title in the discus with a winning throw of 191-11. He threw his PR of 195-00 at State Prelims, which ranks CA No. 2 and U.S. No. 11. Cruz, headed to UCLA, won the Southern Section Division 1 discus title (181-04) and placed second at SS Masters (189-04). He also reached the State Final as a junior and placed seventh (180-09). MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
CHRISTIAN JOHNSON | Clovis Buchanan/CS/Sr. | Discus Throw/Shot Put |
Johnson placed second at the
State Meet in the discus throw (179-11) and sixth in the shot put (59-03.75). His discus season best of 191-07 for third at Mt. SAC ranks CA No. 5. His shot PR of 60-06 to win at Bobby Bass ranks CA No. 8. Central Section Masters discus champion (190-09). Johnson, headed to Texas, is a two-time State Meet finalist in both throws. Recently won the CA Hammer Throw Championship with a PR of 220-03, which ranks U.S. No. 6. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team.
AIDAN ELBETTAR | Newport Harbor/SS/Jr. | Discus Throw/Shot Put | Placed second at State in the shot put (62-04.75). His 193-03 discus throw from the Southern Section Final ranks U.S. No. 1 in the class. He recently improved his shot put PR from his in-season best of 62-09.50 to 63-02 at New Balance Outdoor Nationals. His first throw over 63 feet moves him up to U.S. No. 6 in the class. He had a disappointing experience in the discus throw at State Prelims, hitting just 147-05 on his first attempt and fouling on his other two attempts to place 21st. MileSplitCA All-Junior first team.
DANIEL VIVEROS | Bakersfield Liberty/CS/Sr. | Discus Throw/Shot Put |
Viveros won a second consecutive
State title in the shot put (68-10.50) and placed fifth in the discus throw (176-09). Viveros, headed to the University of Mississippi, unleashed two throws of 70-plus at the CIF-Central Section South Area Meet in early May, including a monster 71-03 bomb that ranks U.S. No. 1 and CA No. 4 all-time. His discus PR of 195-05 to win early April's Patriot Games, ranks CA No. 1 and U.S. No. 10. He is a three-time medalist at State in the shot put (placing third as a sophomore) and three-time qualifier in the discus and two-time finalist. MileSplitCA All-Senior first team and MileSplit Boys Field Event of the Year for his epic performance at the South Area Meet.