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Congratulations to Y'Vette Harris, a senior at Lincoln (SJ), last week's top vote-getter for MileSplit Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
At the CA Winter Track and Field Championships at Arcadia HS, Y'Vette, a senior, won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.57 - a year after placing third in 9.00 - and avenged a loss in the pentathlon, winning the day-long five-event competition by 11 points. Her 3371 points is a yearly improvement of 468 points.
Harris received 47 percent of the vote in a statewide poll. Samira Kennedy, a senior at Castilleja (CC) was second in the voting with 17 percent of the vote, and Janelle Avilez, a senior at Etiwanda (SS) received 15 percent of the vote.
Congratulations to all athletes whose performance warranted consideration in last week's poll and thanks to everyone who voted.
This week, we tie a ribbon on the winter track and field season and ask for you help in deciding the MileSplit's girls athlete of the winter.
Check out the resumes below and then make sure to vote in the FanPower module at the bottom of the page. That is where you decide the top girls athlete of the winter track and field season.
As always, voting closes Friday at 9 p.m.
WHO YA GOT?
This week's candidates (listed alphabetically by last name)
(Athletes compete unattached or as part of a club in the winter season. School affiliations are included for identification purposes.)
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Sadie Engelhardt (Ventura/SS) - Sadie, a sophomore, opened her 2023 track season running 4:47.55 to win the invitational mile race at the Spokane HS Indoor Invitational in Washington. She followed that up at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston where she won the mile in 4:40.59 and split 4:23.63 for 1500m. Her mile time is just off the sophomore class national record of 4:40.01. Sadie's times rank U.S. No. 2 for the mile and U.S. No. 5 or 1500m.
Y'Vette Harris (Lincoln/SJ) - Y'Vette, a senior, won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.57 - a year after placing third in 9.00 - and avenged a loss in the pentathlon, winning the day-long five-event competition by 11 points. Her 3371 points is a yearly improvement of 468 points. In each event she hit or equalled her PR for the competition going 8.73 in the 60mH, 4-11.75 for the high jump, 28-4.50 in the shot put, 17-3.25 for the long jump and running the 800m in 2:30.40. Compared nationally with marks mostly achieved indoors, Y'Vette's 60mH ranks U.S. No. 15 and her "indoor" pentathlon total ranks No. 3.
Alyssa Hope (King/SS) - Alyssa, a senior and defending CIF-State triple jump champion, swept the horizontal jumps at the CA Winter Championships, winning the long jump with a best of 19-9 and the triple jump with a best of 39-10. Earlier in the winter she jumped 38-6 and 18-1 at the Rancho Cucamonga Qualifer meet and 39-0.50/18-7.50 at the Los Alamitos WCQ. Compared nationally with marks mostly achieved indoors, Alyssa ranks U.S. No. 6 in the long jump and No. 17 in the triple.
Meagan Humphries (Castaic/SS) - Meagan, a junior, cleared 5 feet 10.50 inches to win the high jump and shatter the previous CA Winter Championships meet record of 5-5. She also won the 300-meter dash in 38.20, missing that meet record by 0.08 seconds. Earlier in the winter she won the long jump (17-1) and 300m (39.24), and placed second in the 150m (18.23) at the Redondo WCQ. Compared nationally with marks mostly achieved indoors, Meagan's high jump ranks U.S. No. 2 for the winter, and her 300m is U.S. No. 4.
Brazil Neal (Serra/SS) - The CIF-State 200m champion from last spring, led two Serra relay teams to CA Winter Track and Field Championships victories including a meet record in the 4x200 of 1:38.94. That lineup was Neal, Sadia Green, Zakiyah Wilson, and Mia Flowers. Neal also set the table in the 1-1-2-4 sprint medley relay with Flowers, Green, and Sienna Claiborne running 1:45.55. Compared nationally with times mostly achieved indoors, Serra's 4x200m relay time ranks U.S. No. 5.
Reign Redmond (Carson/LA) - Reign, a senior and the CIF-State defending champion in the 100-meter dash, swept the short sprints at the CA Winter Championships, setting meet records in both the 60m dash (7.38) and 1500m (17.69). Her time in the 60m is 0.12 faster than the previous record, and her 150 time is 0.42 faster than the previous meet standard. Earlier this winter she warmed up by sweeping both short sprints at the Redondo WCQ going 7.60 for 60 and 17.02 for 150. Compared nationally with times mostly achieved indoors, Reign's 60m ranks U.S. No. 6.
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