CERRITOS — Jonathan Cabral is inching closer to his life-long goal, one hurdle at a time.
Cabral, a senior at Agoura High, delivered the two most eye-opening performances at the Southern Section Masters track and field meet Friday evening at Cerritos College, winning both boys’ hurdles events in nation-leading times.
He opened with a one-sided victory in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in a wind-aided 13.27 seconds, the all-time fifth-fastest high school time in the nation under any conditions. His closest pursuer, Sam Barkley of Mater Dei, the brother of USC quarterback Matt Barkley, finished second in 14.11.
“As soon as I heard 13.2, I just felt like God shined a light on me,” Cabral said. “I was so happy.”
Cabral wasn’t finished. He came back about two hours later and won the 300 hurdles in 36.19, overtaking Greg Coleman of Warren High in San Antonio for the nation’s fastest time this season.
“It’s getting me closer to my real-life goal, which is to go to the Olympics,” said Cabral, the defending state champion in both events.
On the girls’ side, Long Beach Poly cruised to victories in several events, putting the team in prime position to win the title next week at the state championships in Clovis.
The Jackrabbits opened the meet by lowering their nation-leading time in the 400 relay from 45.23 to 45.04. Carisma Lyday, Melia Cox, Traci Hicks and Akawkaw Ndipagbor circled the track without a hitch for Poly.
Cox then won the 100 hurdles in a personal best 13.34, which also lowered her nation-leading time in the event. She followed up with victories in the 300 hurdles (41.32) and triple jump (39-10 ¼).
Ndipagbor posted a nation-leading time in winning the 400 in 53.51, then came back to win the 200 in 23.76. The Jackrabbits wrapped up the meet with a victory in the 1,600 relay (3:41.75).
“Everybody that scored last year in the state meet got through,” said Poly coach Don Norford. “That’s always a plus.”
Among the other highlights from the meet:
In the girls’ 1,600, all 12 runners ran under the state qualifying time of 5:00.19, led by Katherine Delaney of JSerrra, who was first in 4:42.95, the fastest time in the state this season and third best in the country.
Amy Weissenbach, a junior at Harvard-Westlake and the defending state champion in the 800, won that event in 2:06.18, the second-best time in the nation this season. All 11 runners in that event also produced state qualifying times.
Remontay McClain of Covina, the defending state champion in the boys’ 100 and 200, won both events. Kylie Price of Bishop Amat was also a double winner, taking the girls’ 100 and long jump.