W. Track & FIeld: Cerritos wins sixth straight conference title

2018 Cerritos College Women's Track & Field Team
2018 Cerritos College Women's Track & Field Team

For the sixth year in a row, the Cerritos College women's track and field team captured the South Coast Conference championship. The Falcons, who compiled 357 team points, held off second place Mt. San Antonio College, who finished with 319 points. The team will now competed in the Southern California Prelims, which will take place at San Diego Mesa College next Saturday. The top six automatically advance to the SoCal Prelims if they have the SoCal minimum marks.

In winning the championship, Cerritos won nine individual championships, including freshman Keirra King (Long Beach Wilson HS), who earned three first place finishes, while running a leg of both relay races that finished in second place. Joining her as a multiple champion was sophomore thrower Amber Hart (Narbonne HS), who moved her name into second place on the college's all-time record book in both the shot put and discus. In fact, four of the Falcons marks in the conference championships placed athletes in the college's top five list.

King, who won both the 100 meters (11.69) and 200 meters (24.54), as her 100 meters time put her fourth on the college's all-time list. Her third championship came in the long jump, as Cerritos took the top three spots. As for Hart, she easily won the shot put (14.18 meters) and discus (51.72 meters), with the Falcons dominating the field events, which is their speciality. They represented the top five finishers in the shot put and four of the top five placers in the discus.

Also putting her name higher in the record book was Tanya Reyes (Warren HS), whose hammer distance of 49.34 meters moved her into fourth place on the college's top five list. Also posting wins were Jelani Minix (Carson HS) in the high jump, as Cerritos took the top three spots, as well as heptathlete Michaela Banyi (Valencia HS), who led a contingent of six Falcons who accounted for the top seven finishers. Record holder in the javelin, Mystasia Alexander (Lynwood HS) won the title for the second season in a row, as her best throw traveled 43.45 meters, which was off her record distance of 45.61 meters.

Below are the awards that were announced at the coach's meeting:

  • Men's Coach of the Year: Ron Kamaka (Mt. SAC)
  • Women's Coach of the Year: Christopher Richardson (Cerritos)
  • Assistant Coach of the Year (Field): Chucky Hampton and Lloyd Higgins (Cerritos)
  • Assistant Coach of the Year (Track): Jenna Bird (Mt. SAC)
  • Male Track Athlete of the Year: Manuel Fernandez (Mt. SAC) & Jasher Foster (El Camino)
  • Male Track Athlete of the Meet: Carson Bix (El Camino) & Manuel Fernandez (Mt. SAC)
  • Male Field Athlete of the Year: Tate Curran (El Camino)
  • Male Field Athlete of the Meet: Joshua Taylor (East LA)
  • Female Track Athlete of the Year: Brittany Mitchell (Mt. SAC)
  • Female Track Athlete of the Meet: Kierra King (Cerritos)
  • Female Field Athlete of the Year: Amber Hart (Cerritos)
  • Female Field Athlete of the Meet: Amber Hart (Cerritos)
Keirra King 100 Meters 11.69 1st Place
Imani Jones 100 Meters 12.48 3rd Place
Sicily Moore 100 Meters 12.81 7th Place
Tierra Frazier 100 Meters 12.93 8th Place
Keirra King 200 Meters 24.54 1st Place
Kymberlynn Jackson 200 Meters 25.45 4th Place
Tyler Simpson 200 Meters 25.88 6th Place
Tyler Simpson 400 Meters 56.79 3rd Place
Kymberlynn Jackson 400 Meters 57.40 5th Place
Glenn Nance 400 Meters 59.71 6th Place
Kenya Owens 400 Meters 1:03.36 9th Place
Rebecca Harris 800 Meters 2:25.20 2nd Place
Lauren Jones 800 Meters 2:26.51 3rd Place
Debora Lopez-Guzman 800 Meters 2:50.53 7th Place
Rebecca Harris 1500 Meters 4:57.23 3rd Place
Lauren Jones 1500 Meters 5:18.29 7th Place
Debora Lopez-Guzman 1500 Meters 5:44.94 9th Place
Amani Briggs 100-Meter HH 15.49 3rd Place
Michaela Banyi 100-Meter HH 15.80 4th Place
Jelani Minix 100-Meter HH 15.82 5th Place
Davina Pham 100-Meter HH 16.01 7th Place
Davina Pham 400-Meter IH 1:06.28 4th Place
Michaela Banyi 400-Meter IH 1:07.21 5th Place
Stephanie Anguiano 400-Meter IH 1:08.98 7th Place
Monica Bautista 400-Meter IH 1:10.66 8th Place
Gabrielle Mendoza 300-Meter SC 13:07.59 4th Place
King, Briggs, Jackson, Moore 400-Meter Relay 46.86 2nd Place
Nancy, King, Jackson, Simpson 1600-Meter Relay 4:01.74 2nd Place
Jelani Minix High Jump 1.55 Meters 1st Place
Kymberlynn Jackson High Jump 1.50 Meters Tied 2nd Place
Davina Pham High Jump 1.50 Meters Tied 2nd Place
Darlena Robinson High Jump 1.50 Meters 5th Place
Michaela Banyi High Jump 1.45 Meters 7th Place
Amani Briggs High Jump 1.45 Meters 8th Place
Clarissa Orna Pole Vault 2.60 Meters Tied 9th Place
Adrianna Martinez Pole Vault 2.60 Meters Tied 9th Place
Keirra King Long Jump 5.46 Meters 1st Place
Kymberlynn Jackson Long Jump 5.30 Meters 2nd Place
Michaela Banyi Long Jump 5.15 Meters Tied 3rd Place
Davina Pham Long Jump 5.06 Meters 6th Place
Jelani Minix Long Jump 4.90 Meters 9th Place
Darlena Robinson Long Jump 4.80 Meters 10th Place
Amani Briggs Long Jump 4.61 Meters 12th Place
Imani Jones Triple Jump 12.03 Meters 1st Place
Jelani Minix Triple Jump 11.50 Meters 2nd Place
Amani Briggs Triple Jump 11.20 Meters 4th Place
Davina Pham Triple Jump 10.12 Meters 6th Place
Amber Hart Shot Put 14.18 Meters 1st Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Shot Put  11.78 Meters  2nd Place 
Mystasia Alexander  Shot Put  11.67 Meters  3rd Place 
Tanya Reyes  Shot Put  11.14 Meters  4th Place 
Michaela Banyi  Shot Put  10.74 Meters 5th Place 
Isabella Kress Shot Put 9.36 Meters  9th Place 
Amani Briggs  Shot Put  8.97 Meters  10th Place 
Amber Hart Discus  51.72 Meters  1st Place 
Tanya Reyes  Discus  40.39 Meters  2nd Place 
Nanati Alailefaleula  Discus 34.61 Meters  4th Place 
Isabella Kress  Discus  32.97 Meters  5th Place 
Emily Gamboa  Discus  30.35 Meters  8th Place 
Mikaiella Vargas  Discus  28.59 Meters  9th Place 
Mystasia Alexander  Discus  24.95 Meters  11th Place 
Tanya Reyes  Hammer  49.34 Meters  1st Place 
Amber Hart  Hammer  44.60 Meters  2nd Place 
Isabella Kress  Hammer  40.21 Meters 4th Place 
Nanati Alailefaleula  Hammer  32.24 Meters  6th Place 
Emily Gamboa  Hammer  29.84 Meters 8th Place 
Stacy Tope  Hammer  26.33 Meters 9th Place
Mikaiella Vargas  Hammer  23.52 Meters 10th Place 
Mystasia Alexander  Javelin  43.45 Meters  1st Place 
Michaela Banyi Javelin  35.73 Meters 2nd Place
Davina Pham Javelin 29.38 Meters  4th Place 
Darlena Robinson  Javelin  26.76 Meters  6th Place 
Kymberlynn Jackson  Javelin  25.17 Meters  7th Place 
Amani Briggs  Javelin  23.38 Meters  10th Place 
Mikaiella Vargas  Javelin  22.06 Meters  12th Place 
Michaela Banyi  Heptathlon 4567 Points 1st Place
Davina Pham  Heptathlon  4314 Points  2nd Place 
Amani Briggs  Heptathlon  4221 Points  3rd Place 
Kymberlynn Jackson  Heptathlon  4048 Points  4th Place 
Darlena Robinson Heptathlon 3442 Points 6th Place
Mikaiella Vargas  Heptathlon  2229 Points  7th Place 

Photos by Daryl Peterson