W. Track & Field: Cerritos shows well at UNLV Invitational

File Photo: Cerritos wins both long jump and triple jump at UNLV Invitational
File Photo: Cerritos wins both long jump and triple jump at UNLV Invitational

Taking on four-year competition at the UNLV Invitational over the weekend, the Cerritos College women's track and field team won two events and had several other outstanding performances at the three-day event. Next weekend, the team will travel to compete in the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State University.

Sophomore jumper Imani Jones (Mater Dei HS) led the way with a pair of first place finishes. She shared first place in the long jump with Allison Davis of Northern Colorado University with a distance of 5.71 meters. Jones recorded her best distance on her fifth jump, while Davis hit the top mark in her fourth jump. It was also a tie in the triple jump for Jones, who posted a leap of 12.26 meters, as did Jonon Young of UNLV. They both recorded their best distance on their third jump, while the mark by Jones set a new personal record.

The Falcons also posted four second place finishes in running events. In the 400-meter relay, the quartet of Kenyla Miles (Carson HS), Kierra King (Long Beach Wilson HS), Mahlaya Salter (Diamond Ranch HS) and Shyanne Carrigan (Fullerton HS) recorded a time of 46.37 and were beat out only by the foursome from UNLV, who registered a time of 45.19.

Miles (11.65) and King (11.77) finished second and third, respectively in the 100 meters, with Kaysha Love of UNLV recording the winning time of 11.63, with Carrigan in fifth place at 12.09. The 200 meters saw King earn a second place finish in a time of 23.77, with Miles in third place at 24.17. Former Falcon state champion Najia Hudspeth won the event in 23.63, and spent two seasons running for UNLV. Carrigan finished in sixth place at 24.71. The time by King places her second on the college's all-time top-five list.

In the 400-meter IH, Alia Scott (Vista HS) a new school record with a time of 59.98, which earned her a second place finish on the day. She beat the old school record of 1:01.15, which was set by Yasmine Webb in 2008. Also competing over the weekend was heptathlete Daila Bell (Carson HS), who finished in sixth place out of 14 entries with 3707 points. Her best finish was in the 100-meter HH, where she turned in a time of 15.19, which was the third best of the group.