Considering all of the minefields and roadblocks San Diego Section boys track and field athletes had to clear, 2021 was pretty successful.
Elites in the state's southern-most section hit new heights in a season that began with severe limitations but ended with an expanded post-season.
Mayfield HS senior headed to Stanford wrapped up her stellar prep distance career with a 1600-meter victory at the unofficial CA State Champs on Saturday night.
Sprint performance by Madison senior Aysha Shaheed steals the show from the pre-meet headliners.
The meet brings together top qualifiers from the three division championships from the previous week.
Four All-time San Diego Section records across three separate division meets made for an exciting day of track & field.
Take a closer look at top athletes and teams heading into Saturday's afternoon/evening championships for divisions 1-3.
Check out the highlights from each of the three CIF-SDS Prelim meets.
The section expands to three divisions with separate prelims and separate finals for each.
(Photo by Angel Pena) The Scripps Ranch junior used strong competition to take gold and the state lead in both hurdle races.
Joel Gomez, a multi-talented senior at Escondido Classical Academy (SD), is looking to run a 1500m qualifying time a week after running mile PR at Arcadia.
UPDATE: Joel Gomez, a multi-talented senior at Escondido Classical Academy (SD), took a shot at a 1500m qualifying time on Friday night at Azusa Pacific.
UPDATED A handful of state leaders came out of the field events but the previous-state leading pole vault stars weren't among them.
Del Norte junior sets San Diego Section record in the pole vault with 13-7 clearance that slots CA No. 2, U.S. No. 6 and equal to CA No. 10 performer all-time.
A key member of the 2019 XC State Championship team, she now looks to make her mark on the track.
Despite an outlier of an XC season, athletes and teams in the SDS, like many statewide, found a way to not only persevere but to excel.
La Costa Canyon and Stanford-bound senior extends San Diego Section record in meet at Chandler, Arizona.
Sage Creek's Bryce Gilmore has showed major progression over the last few months with a handful of quality performances
Junior from Sage Creek High (SD) dropped personal bests for the mile and 3,200 in consecutive meets at the open Arizona track series.
Check out top boys expected to crush it this spring season in the SDS.
Standout San Diego cross country team draws energy from paralyzed teammate who competes in a wheelchair pushed by an adult triathlete.
Twice in eight days, Mallory Asis dropped a course record as she continues to develop in the distances.
Elise Miller runs No. 4 for San Pasqual girls XC team as training for hurdles and jumps outdoors.
Patrick Henry phenom remains among all-time best in U.S. some 45 years later.
Top small schools boys teams Francis Parker and Santa Fe Christian battle in SDS season debut
Numbers are way down, restrictions vary by region, but coaches are doing what they can to get athletes on the line.
Commissioner Joe Heinz says SDS championships remain planned for March 27.
Keep an eye on La Costa Canyon, Sage Creek and many outstanding individuals when SDS takes the line this winter.
Keep an eye on Cathedral Catholic, Francis Parker and a long list of individuals if SDS is able to take the line this winter.
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