CIF-State Team Rankings

Long Beach Poly forged ahead of the pack on the statewide scene after shining
at the Southern Section Division 1 Prelims.
(Rich Gonzalez photo)

By Rich Gonzalez
Editor, ESPNHS/DyeStatCal
(ARCADIA, Calif.)
-- Just when it seemed that Long Beach Poly's advantage over
rival girls programs was diminishing, the Jackrabbits bounced right back with a
commanding performance at Saturday's Southern Section Division 1 Prelims to regain
control of the state title picture.

Starting with the meet opening blowout win in 4x100 relay qualifying, Poly's
daylong assault included pairs of heat wins in the high hurdles, the 100 and the
200, a single heat winner in the 400, and finally a close-down-the-meet flourish
with the top qualifying time in the 4x400. Although not as dominant in the field
events, the Moore League champions also picked up qualifying spots to finals
in the long jump and the triple jump.

Less than an hour away, Harvard-Westlake's Amy-and-Cami Show hit the polyurethane
at Estancia High for the Southern Section Division III prelims, where the dynamic
duo posted the top qualifying marks in the 800 (by Amy Weissenbach), 1600 and the
3200 (by Cami Chapus), the best prelims time in the 4x400 (with the duo
undertaking relay duty on that effort) and a key advancer in the high jump (frosh
Alex Florent, the year's state leader in the event).

At the SS Division 4 prelims at Carpinteria, Serra of Gardena purred along in the
long sprints and both relays, adding another nugget in the long jump.

And finally down in Avocado League Finals action in San Diego, El Camino's
girls powered back into the title picture. Headed by Jasmine Gibbs' wind-aided
monster effort in the long jump (20-11.00) and her wind-aided 11.74 (no gauge)
in the 100, along with Tamika Brazzel's 40-footer in the triple jump, the
crew had its best showing yet.

Those four teams project to battle for the state title at Buchanan High in
Clovis on the first weekend of June, where at least 40 points are forecast
in order to net the crown. Poly remains the favorite as Harvard-Westlake's
Chapus will scratch from one of her three individual distance races after
the upcoming weekend.

Here's the Girls Top 10 (followed by the boys update and a Boys Top 10):

1. Long Beach Poly/SS - 46 points
2. Harvard-Westlake/SS - 45 points
3. Serra/SS - 39 points
4. El Camino/SD - 30 points
5. St. Mary's Academy - 25 points
6. Great Oak/SS - 20 points
7. Holy Names/NC - 18 points
8. Piedmont Hills/CC - 17 points
9. Marina/SS - 16 points
10. Silverado/SS - 14 points

Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks'
inside track to the CIF-State boys team title just got
temporarily derailed. La Costa Canyon's recent over-the-barriers prowess and Serra
of Gardena's
late charge has made it an interesting three team clash for the top
spot, with a fourth squad not that far behind.

La Costa Canyon's rise this month has been a birthday gift of sorts, coinciding
with Julian Todd-Borden's excellent hurdles double on his birthday at last
Friday's Avocado East League Finals. Todd-Borden ran 14.09 (nwi) in the high
hurdles (#2 in the state) and 37.95 in the intermediate hurdles (#5 in the state).
(Editor's note: the league has yet to officially submit its meet results).

Earlier in the month, LCC teammate Darren Fahy set a state record in the 3,000-
meter steeplechase at an open meet in San Diego. Although the grueling
event is not contested in CIF, it was further validation of Fahy's fitness for
postseason. He holds the state's best marks at both 1600 and 3200 meters and
indicated last month that he indeed intends to double at state.

Serra's resurgence has been fueled by a group of mostly non-seniors, including
sophomore stud Adoree' Williams, who unleashed a wind-aided 24-10.00 effort at his
league finals meet. With Lloyd Siscard excelling in the hurdles and the
Cavaliers also a proven commodity in the relays, the state title is within grasp

Notre Dame remains a tough contender thanks to dasher Khalfani Muhammad, the
state leader in the 200, the co-leader in the 100 and a member of the school's
state-leading 4x100 relay.

Colony, which had high jumper Miles Poullard record the state's first 7-footer
of the season at the Mt. Baldy League Finals, also has dasher Kyree King
(state co-leader at 100m and among the best at 200) looking strong.

Here's the Boys State Top 10:
1. La Costa Canyon/SD - 32 points
2. Serra, Gardena/SS - 31 points
3. Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks/SS - 30 points
4. Colony/SS - 24 points
5. Rio Mesa/SS - 21 points
5. Newport Harbor/SS - 21 points
7. Stockdale/CE - 19 points
8. Claremont/SS - 14 points
9. Oaks Christian/SS - 13 points
9. Burroughs, Ridgecrest/SS - 13 points