STATE SUPERLATIVES: Sadie Engelhardt Tops Rankings Leaders

Ventura (SS) sophomore Sadie Engelhardt improved her U.S. No. 1 time for 1600-meters to lead 10 new CA leaders and high U.S.-ranked performances from Saturday night's 103rd CIF-State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis.



This list includes only new CA No. 1s produced at the State Championships and U.S. rankings for those athletes and relay teams and anyone else in that meet slotting high among national leaders. Events that did not produce a new CA No. 1 results are not considered for this article. 

Engelhardt defended her State Meet title in the 1600m in a winning time of 4:33.45 that also established a new meet record as well as improved her U.S.-leading time. Scotts Valley (CC) junior Ashlyn Boothby placed second in 4:39.45 (U.S. No. 2), Del Norte (SD) senior Hannah Riggins placed third in a San Diego Section-record time of 4:41.42 for U.S. No. 7, and despite suffering an injury during the race, Montgomery (NC) sophomore Hanne Thomsen placed fourth in 4:43.63 for U.S. No 14.

In the boys 400m, Granada Hills Charter (LA) senior Dijon Stanley improved on his CA No. 1 and U.S. No. 3 time with a winning trip of 45.72 with Long Beach Poly (SS) junior Xai Ricks placing second in 46.06 (U.S. No. 5).

In the boys 110m hurdles, Upland (SS) senior Davis Davis-Lyric improved on his CA No. 1 time of 13.83 (1.0) for a No. 19 (wind-legal) national ranking. 

The Long Beach Poly boys 4x400m relay team roared to a CA No. 1 and U.S. No. 11 clocking of 3:12.99. Los Gatos (CC) in shattering a three-plus-decades-old mark at 3:13.97 for U.S. No. 17. 

The new 4x800-meter relay inclusion into the State Meet lineup produced, obviously State Meet records, and both winning teams ran season-bests, CA No. 1s and top-five U.S. times. It was Del Notre winning the girls title with Riggins on third leg, running a U.S. No. 4 time of 8:55.99, and San Clemente (SS) rolling to a 7:38.59 clocking for U.S. No. 5.

In the boys, Menlo (CC) went 7:39.10 (U.S. No. 8), Buchanan (CS) went 7:39.74 (U.S. No. 10), Long Beach Poly ran 7:40.57 (U.S. No. 12), and Wilson-Long Beach (SS) ran 7:41.98 (U.S. No. 14). 

Behind Del Norte, JSerra (SS) clocked 9:01.10 (U.S. No. 7) and St. Francis (CC) went 9:04.03 (U.S. No. 13).

The amazing girls 300m hurdles race saw Wilson (SS) sophomore Kaylin Edwards win in 41.57 (U.S. No. 11). 

The girls 4x400m saw Culver City (SS), with super soph Joelle Trepagnier running a crazy-fast anchor for a 3:41.08 winning time for U.S. No. 4. That race also produced the U.S. No. 5 time by Wilson of 3:42.49, and the U.S. No. 12 time by J.W. North (SS) at 3:45.90. 

The field events got into the mix with JSerra senior Brendon See defending his State Meet title in the discus throw, improving his CA No. 1 mark to 199-09 in prelims, and winning with a 196-04 throw on his first attempt in the final. And Whitney (SJ) senior Ashanti Elie took over the CA lead with a 5-10 title-winning clearance, and joined the national mix of girls tied at U.S. No. 10 

Jeffrey Parenti is the California State Editor for MileSplit

Photo by Raymond Tran