Ambodai Ligons Drops Speedy 1:51 800m At CIF SS Finals

His season began with two second-place and another third-place finish at 800 meters.

But over Ambodai Ligon's last three appearances in a final, however, he's been undefeated at his go-to distance. 

The Los Angeles Cathedral senior is looking to keep things that way after he secured a CIF Southern Section Finals title on Saturday in 1:51.32 at Moorpark Stadium to advance to the CIF SS Masters Championship next week.

Ligons reached the CIF State Outdoor final in the 800m a season ago, coming up just short in second.

But he may be timing things just right in 2024.

He held off second-place Alex Naehu (1:52.40) and South Pasadena's Keeran Murray (1:53.01) over the final 100 meter stretch to seal things up on Saturday. 

Ligons does not own the state's top time at the distance. That honor belongs to JSerra Catholic's Alden Morales, who ran 1:49.91 in February. Santa Barbara's Andreas Dybdahl ran 1:50.97 at Arcadia. 

But Morales has not run since April and Dybdahl opted for the 1,600m on Saturday, finishing fourth at the distance.

Boys 800 meter Run D3 
      NAME                          YR   TEAM                               MARK           H#    WIND
1     Ambodai Ligons                12   Cathedral (SS)                     1:51.32        1     
2     Alex Naehu                    12   Palos Verdes (SS)                  1:52.40        1     
3     Keeran Murray                 12   South Pasadena (SS)                1:53.01        1     
4     Grant Sykes                   12   Harvard Westlake (SS)              1:55.44        1     
5     Jack Burnett                  10   JSerra Catholic (SS)               1:55.73        1     
6     Michael Mackiewicz            12   Palos Verdes (SS)                  1:55.96        1     
7     Luke Metcalf                  12   St. Francis (SS)                   1:56.01        1     
8     Darrick Jacob                 12   Agoura (SS)                        1:56.01        1     
9     Parker Herbert                12   Santa Margarita (SS)               2:05.09        1

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