MileSplitCA Senior Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year
Del Norte (SD), 1600m/4x800m Relay
Riggins, who will head to Princeton, set two San Diego Section individual records, won two medals at the State Meet, and led her team to an historic title in the inaugural 4x800-meter relay at the State Championships. Hannah ran 2:06.69 at Arcadia to set an SDS record for 800m, and 4:41.42 for third place at the State Meet to set the SDS mark for 1600m. She ran a 2:07.5 third-leg split on that 4x800m relay team to put the Nighthawks in position for the title. Her 800m time ranks CA No. 2, and her 1600m time ranks CA No. 3. The Nighthawks followed up their State 4x8 performance with a 8:51.78 winning effort at the Nike Outdoor Nationals (U.S. No. 4).
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SENIOR GIRLS ALL-STATE TRACK AND FIELD
J.W. North (SS), Distances
MacKenzie (pictured above) is one of the greatest 800-meter runners in CA history. Her 2:03.07 to win at Arcadia ranks U.S. No. 1 and CA No. 3 all-time. It ranks her as the 17th best performer in high school history and the 21st fastest time. It was a huge PR drop from her 2022 State Meet-winning 2:08.66. She also had performances of 2:09.48 at Mt. Carmel, 2:08.56 at Ivy League Finals, 2:07.49 to win at Southern Section Masters, and 2:08.06 for second at the '23 CIF-State Meet.
Quartz Hill (SS), Sprints
Currie heads to Arizona State University this fall after making her second straight appearance in the CIF-State Meet and the 200-meter-dash final. She finished sixth in 24.03. Earlier this season, she won her second straight CIF-SS Division title in the 200, running in 23.58. Currie was fifth in the 200 with a wind-aided 24.05 at last year's State Meet.
Whitney (SJ), High Jump
A Cal-Berkeley commit, Elie captured the CIF-State Meet high jump title with a 5-10 mark, good for 14th place nationally. She won the CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 and Masters titles in the high jump.
St. Mary's (SJ), Sprints/Hurdles
She won the CIF-State title in the 100-meter hurdles in a wind-aided 13.79. She was runner-up in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 and SJ-Masters in the 100 hurdles. Finished eighth in the State 200 final in a PR time of 24.34. Won the SJ 200 Division 1 title in the 200.
Caruthers (CS), Throws
Nailea, headed to the University of Oklahoma, is a two-time CIF-State discus throw champion. She defended her title with a winning throw of 167-6 (an improvement from her '22 State title best of 157-1). Nailea's PR of 167-8 to win at Central Section Masters, ranks U.S. No. 8. That mark slots her as one of the top 25 performers in CA track and field history.
Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks (SS), Throws
Fontenette, who will be attending UCLA in the fall, finished second in the discus final of the CIF-State Meet with a 161-5. She was also ninth in the State shot put final at 40-0. She won discus titles in CIF-SS Division 3, CIF-SS Masters Meet and at the Arcadia Invitational.
Christian Brothers (SJ), Hurdles
She reached the CIF-State Meet finals in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. She was seventh in the 100 hurdles, a wind-aided 14.23 (2.1), and finished third in the 300 hurdles in 41.90, a PR and season-best time.
Lincoln-Stockton (SJ), Hurdles
Harris, who will attend the University of Central Florida, had a pair of fifth-place finishes in the CIF-State Meet's 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. She went a wind-aided 14.08 in the 100 hurdles and 42.33 in the 300 hurdles. Won Sac Joaquin Section division titles in both hurdle events.
ML King (SS), Jumps
Hope, who will attend USC, completed her high school career with a third-place finish in the long jump CIF-State final. She went 20-1.25 in the final after a 20-4.25 in the State prelims. She won back-to-back CIF-SS Division 1 titles in long jump.
Buchanan (CS), Distances
The BYU-bound distance runner secured top Central Section times in the 800 (2:12.53), 1600 (4:45.10) and 3200 (10:26.22). She won CS-D1 titles in the 1600 and 3200. Ran the 1600 and 3200 in CIF-State Finals, finishing seventh (4:47.43) and eighth (10:26.22), respectively. She ran on Buchanan's 4x800 relay team when it recorded a CS-best 8:59.12 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Buchanan (CS), Pole Vault
Finished second in the CIF-State Meet pole vault, going 13-1. She went 13-4 to win the Central Section Masters. She won a CIF-CS D1 title. Her PR in pole vault was a 13-6 at the Sanger Spring Classic in early March.
Long Beach Wilson (SS), Sprints
Aujane, headed to Arizona State University, won the 400 at the State Meet while medaling in four events to lead the Bruins to the CIF-State team title. She ran 53.26 to win the 400m title, 24.09 to earn a seventh-place medal in the 200m, ran second leg on the third-place 4x100m relay (46.66), and anchored the runner-up 4x400m relay (3:42.49, U.S. No. 8). Aujane ran her 400m PR of 52.71 (U.S. No. 8) to win a SS-Masters title, the first sub-53 second effort in CA since 2018. At CIF-SS Division 1 finals, she won the 400 and placed third in the 200 as the Bruins won their first D-1 team title since 2006.
Orange Vista (SS), Hurdles/Jumps
Mckenzie, a UC Irvine commit, earned a medal in three individual events at the CIF-State Meet. She was third in the 100-meter hurdles final in a wind-aided 13.89 (2.1), narrowly missing her PR in the event (13.85 at CIF-SS Masters). In two field events, she was fifth in the long jump (19.9.50) and eighth in the high jump (5-4).
Serra-Gardena (SS), Sprints
The University of Oregon-bound standout concluded her senior year by reaching the CIF-State Final in the 100 and 200 meters and ran a leg on Serra's 4x100 relay team that was the runner-up in 46.15. She was third in the 100 (11.55) and in the 200, in which she was the 2022 State champion, Neal was second this year (23.75).
Monte Vista (NC), Middle Distance
Peters, who will attend Stanford, concluded her senior year by reaching the CIF-State final in the 800 meters. She finished sixth in the finals race in a time of 2:10.03. Prior to State, she captured the 800 title in the CIF-North Coast Section Meet of Champions in 2:12.77. Her high school PR time, set last year at the Mt. SAC Relays, is a 2:06.89.
Carson (LA), Sprints
The 2022 CIF-State champion in the 100, she ran a 11.47 in the 2023 State prelims 100, but suffered an injury in the State 100 final, forcing her to withdraw. She won a State title earlier in the meet, helping Carson's 4x100 relay team to a win in 45.61. The team had CA's best time this year, 45.28. Earlier this year, Redmond ran a winning 11.45 PR at Mt. SAC Relays to have the state-best 100m time.
Campolindo (NC), Sprints/Hurdles
Testa competed in three CIF-State Meet events, finishing sixth in the State final for the 100-meter hurdles in a wind-aided 14.11. Her PR time actually came in the State prelim at 14.01. Testa reached the State prelims in the 100-meter dash (12th, 11.97) and 200-meter dash (19th, 25.06). She set her PR marks of 11.87 and 24.62 in the CIF North Coast Section Tri-Valley Area Championship meet.
Clovis (CS), Long Jump
Sydnie, a volleyball/track standout headed to the University of Arizona, is a two-time CIF-State long jump champion. Her 20-7.75 (1.2) wind-legal PR to win State ranks U.S. No. 5. That mark slots her among the top 16 on the CA all-time performers list. Sydnie won the long jump in 17 meets over the past two years, exceeding 20 feet eight times, seven this season, including 20-7.5 to win at Arcadia, 207.25 to win at the Oregon Relays, and 20-5.5 to win the Central Section Division 1 title.
Elsinore (SS), Jumps
Williams captured the CIF-State triple jump title with a top effort of 40-7.25, which was also her PR. Earlier in the postseason she won triple jump titles in the Ivy League Finals and CIF-SS Division I final.
Dominique Abbott (J.W. North/SS), distances; Camryn Alo (Etiwanda/SS), throws; Tamara Aimufia (United Christian Academy/SS), hurdles/jumps; Janelle Avilez (Etiwanda/SS), distances; Laura Brennan (Hart/SS), throws; Mercy Ehiemere (Orange Vista/SS), sprints; Ta'Ahjah Fann (Carson/LA), sprints; Jada Gatlin (Mission Viejo/SS), jumps; Sadia Green (Serra-Gardena/SS), sprints; Avery Hilliard (Poway/SD), pole vault; Alexis Hunt (Maria Carillo/NC), high jump; Devin Jackson (West Covina/SS), throws; Dominika Janik (Torrey Pines/SD), hurdles/middle distance;.
Samira Kennedy (Castilleja/CC), distances; Katie Kopec (Whitney/SJ), distances; Loie Madsen (Clovis North/CS), throws; Allura Markow (Dana Hills/SS), distances; Galadriel Mellion (Weston Ranch/SJ), throws; Melia Middleton (Christopher/CC), hurdles/sprints; Mia Reid (La Salle/SS), hurdles; Simone Smith (Upland/SS), sprints/jumps; Lizzie Tarczy (Scripps Ranch/SD), high jump, long jump; Evangeline Thomson (Poway/SD), pole vault; Jessica Thompson (Harvard Westlake/SS), pole vault, long jump; MaNia Tidwell (Long Beach Wilson/SS), hurdles/sprints.
Chidiebere Agunanne (Modesto/SJ), jumps; Ellie Buckley (Campolindo/NC), distances; Melanie Castelli (Notre Dame Belmont/CC), high jump; Jenna Fields (Santana/SD), long jump; Ailish Hawkins (Newbury Park/SS), distances; Jacqueline Holman (Lowell/SF), distances; Siena Lambert (JSerra/SS), discus throw; Lauren Lemire (Pittsburg/NC), discus throw; Lily Mulligan (Maria Carrillo/NC), pole vault; Madisyn Negro (Murrieta Valley/SS), pole vault; Ningning O'Brien (Homestead/CC), throws; Lynee Sims (Castro Valley/NC), jumps; Abigail Wagner (Pleasant Grove/SJ), pole vault.
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Photos by DeAnna Turner, Raymond Tran, and Dan Tyree
Jeffrey Parenti is the state editor for California MileSplit
MileSplitCA associate editor Ryan Blystone contributed to this article.