W. Track & Field: School record falls at UCLA Meet

Tyler Simpson set the school record in the 800 meters
Tyler Simpson set the school record in the 800 meters


At the UCLA Legends Meet on Saturday, Cerritos College sophomore Tyler Simpson (Dominguez HS) set a new school record in the 800 meters. Competing in the non-Division I race, Simpson posted a time of 2:12.51, which eclipsed the old standard of 2:12.53 set by Tyrene Webb in 2005. The Falcons, who finished in fifth place out of 17 schools with 131 team points, will now host the Southern California Heptathlon Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the race, Simpson placed second behind Ericka Taylor of Cal State Los Angeles, while her time would have placed her sixth out of the 25 who competed in both divisions. Also putting in a good showing for the Falcons was freshman Keirra King (Long Beach Wilson HS), who won the 200 meters among the non-Division 1 entries with a time of 24.49, which would have been third overall, while her time of 11.96 in the 100 meters put her in second place. King also finished in second place in the long jump with a distance of 5.17 meters.

Sophomore Amber Hart (Narbonne HS) turned in the second best hammer throw overall with a distance of 48.31 meters (158-06), which was 37 feet better than any other non-Division 1 entry, while freshman Tanya Reyes (Warren HS) finished third among non-Division I entries at 36.25 meters (118-11). Hart also took first place in the non-Division I category in the shot put at 13.31 meters (43' 8"), with freshman Nanati Alailefaleula (Long Beach Millikan HS) posting a third place distance of 12.02 meters (39' 5 1/2"). In the hammer, Reyes finished in first place at 48.42 meters (158-10), which was 12 feet ahead of second place Ca'my Stocker of Riverside City College, while freshman triple jumper Imani Jones (Mater Dei HS) won the non-Division I triple jump with a leap of 11.51 meters (37' 9 1/4").

Tyler Simpson 800 Meters 2:12.51 2nd Place
Rebecca Harris 800 Meters 2:22.12 4th Place
Lauren Jones 800 Meters 2:29.28 6th Place
Glenn Nance 400 Meters 59.56 5th Place
Kenya Owens 400 Meters 1:02.60 7th Place
Keirra King 100 Meters 11.96 2nd Place
Imani Jones 100 Meters 12.73 5th Place
Stephanie Anguiano 400 Meter IH 1:09.25 5th Place
Monica Bautista 400 Meter IH 1:11.63 7th Place
Keirra King 200 Meters 24.49 1st Place
Sicily Moore 200 Meters 26.33 5th Place
  1600-Meter Relay 4:05.99 2nd Place
Jelani Minix High Jump 1.47 Meters 3rd Place
Tanya Reyes Hammer 48.42 Meters 1st Place
Keirra King Long Jump 5.17 Meters 2nd Place
Jelani Minix Long Jump 4.77 Meters 9th Place
Imani Jones Triple Jump 11.51 Meters 1st Place
Amber Hart Discus 48.31 Meters 1st Place
Tanya Reyes Discus 36.25 Meters 3rd Place
Amber Hart Shot Put 13.31 Meters 1st Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Shot Put 12.02 Meters 3rd Place