Rio Hondo CIF-Southern Section Prelims qualifiers competed in two CIF Prelims meets on May 12. Temple City was at D-2 competition in Moorpark; La Canada, Monrovia, San Marino and South Pasadena were at the D-3 meet at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa. Fourteen individuals and five relay teams (up from seven and one in 2017) qualified to compete in CIF-SS Finals at El Camino College on May 19 (all are from Division 3 schools): In the boys 400 meters, Monrovia’s Keeshonne Robinson (5th, 50.21) and Brian Byrne of San Marino (7th, 50.40) qualified; South Pasadena’s Kai Dettman qualified in the 800 meters (8th, 1:58.12); fellow Tiger Oliver Chang stamped his ticket with a 5th place in the 3200 meters (9:30.17); and in the 110 meter hurdles, both Monrovia’s Jasiri Jumal (5th, 15.15) and Titan Chuma Azinge (8th, 15.23) qualified. Monrovia qualified both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, with Adkison, Jumal, Perry and Washington placing 8th in the 4x100 (43.47) and Adkison, Robinson, Perry and Soto combining for a 9th place finish in the 4x400 (3:28.74). South Pasadena’s Tianhao Wei qualified in both the Long Jump, where he had the top mark on the day 21’ 5.75”, and in the Triple Jump, (2nd, 45’ 7”). San Marino’s Azinge also qualified 3rd in the Triple with a 44’ 8.5” effort.
In the girls competition, Christina Taylor of South Pas qualified in the 400 meters (9th, 58.51); a trio qualified in the 800M -- La Canada’s Ellaney Matarese (3rd, 2:18.42), South Pas’ Gianna Beasley (8th, 2:19.91) and San Marino’s Olivia Ruiz (9th, 2:20.00); Matarese came back to also qualify in the 1600M with a 9th place finish (5:14.44); Spartan Sarah Auther qualified in the 3200M by placing 2nd overall in 11:03.17; Claire Murray of La Canada qualified in the 100M hurdles (3rd, 14.65); and in the 300M hurdles, both Monrovia’s Inaya Jumal (4th, 45.98) and South Pas’ Ashley Hugasian (9th, 47.30) qualified. South Pasadena qualified in both the relays - 4x100 (Whitman, Hugasian, Beasley, Taylor - 7th, 49.10) and 4x400 (Segal, Beasley, Hugasian, Taylor - 8th, 4:04.92), and Monrovia qualified in the 4x100 (Jumal, Lang, Easley, and Allen - 9th, 49.73). Hugasian and Jumal also qualified in the Triple Jump with 8th (34’ 11”) and 9th (34’ 10.5”) place finishes, respectively.