W. Track & Field: Cerritos sits in second place after SoCal Prelims

File Photo: Darlena Robinson qualified for the SoCal Championships in the high jump
File Photo: Darlena Robinson qualified for the SoCal Championships in the high jump

After the conclusion of the Southern California Prelims, the Cerritos College women's track & field team is in second place with 34 team points. The Falcons, who have won five of the last seven Southern California Championships, trail only host Riverside City College, who have amassed 45 team points after five events have been completed. The SoCal Championships will take place at Riverside City College next Saturday.

In addition to the team's success in the completed events, the highlight of the day was the 4x100-meter relay team that broke their own school record with a time of 45.67, which is .03 faster than their previous record. The quartet of Kenyla Miles (Carson HS), Kierra King (Long Beach Wilson HS), Mahlaya Salter (Diamond Ranch HS) and Alona Davis (Bellflower HS) came in first place in the event and are the favorites to win the SoCal championship.

Of the five events that were completed, the Falcons collected 18 of those points in the heptathlon, which was held back on April 2-3. Darlena Robinson (Schurr HS) won the Southern California Championship with 3937 points, while teammates Daila Bell (Carson HS) and Keanna Daramola (Warren HS) finished in third and seventh places, respectively.

Additionally, sophomore Nanati Alailefaleula (Long Beach Millikan HS) recorded points in the shot put, hammer and javelin and combined to earn 12 points. The South Coast Conference champion in the shot put. Alailefaleula matcher her distance of 11.81 meters to earn third place, while freshman teammate Sarah Hernandez earned fifth place points with a distance of 11.42 meters. In the hammer, Alailefaleula finished in fifth place with a distance of 41.84 meters, while her javelin throw of 31.52 metes netted her a seventh place finish. The other event that was a final was the 10,000 meters, but Cerritos did not have an entry.

Below is a list of Falcons that competed in the SoCal Prelims, with those in bold advancing to the Southern California Finals.

Kierra King Long Jump 5.89 Meters 3rd Place
Imani Jones Long Jump 5.73 Meters 4th Place
Justice Smith Long Jump 5.43 Meters 6th Place
Keanna Daramola Long Jump 4.88 Meters 14th Place
Darlena Robinson Long Jump 4.73 Meters 16th Place
Daila Bell Long Jump 4.58 Meters 21st Place
Deborah Jackson Long Jump 3.92 Meters 24th Place
Clarissa Orna Pole Vault 2.70 Meters 14th Place
Darlena Robinson High Jump 1.45 Meters Tied 5th Place
Daila Bell High Jump 1.35 Meters Tied 11th Place
Keanna Daramola High Jump 1.30 Meters Tied 16th Place
Justice Smith Triple Jump 12.18 Meters 1st Place
Imani Jones Triple Jump 12.03 Meters 2nd Place
Kierra King Triple Jump 10.90 Meters 6th Place
Darlena Robinson Triple Jump No Distance  
Miles, King, Salter Davis 4x100-Meter Relay 45.67 1st Place (School Record)
Alia Scott 100-Meter HH 14.93 2nd Place
Daila Bell 100-Meter HH 15.13 4th Place
Darlena Robinson 100-Meter HH 16.86 14th Place
Precious Alugbue 400 Meters 59.82 7th Place
Glenn Nance 400 Meters 59.94 9th Place
Kierra King 100 Meters 10.60 1st Place
Kenyla Miles 100 Meters 10.82 2nd Place
Mahlaya Salter 100 Meters 12.08 7th Place
Alona Davis 100 Meters 12.11 9th Place
Shyanne Carrigan 100 Meters 12.17 10th Place
Monica Bautista 800 Meters 2:23.61 7th Place
Alia Scott 400-Meter IH 1:02.30 1st Place
Kierra King 200 Meters 24.15 1st Place
Kenyla Miles 200 Meters 24.59 2nd Place
Mahlaya Salter 200 Meters 24.86 6th Place
Shyanne Carrigan 200 Meters 25.26 9th Place
Alona Davis 200 Meters 25.94 18th Place
Precious Alugbue 200 Meters 26.04 19th Place
Glenn Nance 200 Meters 26.53 22nd Place
Scott, Nance, Salter, Miles 4x400-Meter Relay 3:57.11 1st Place