W. Track & Field: Championship back in the hands of the Falcons

File Photo: Falcons win both the long jump and triple jump
File Photo: Falcons win both the long jump and triple jump

After taking second place at the Southern California Championships last season, the Cerritos College women's track and field team regained the title this year. The Falcons compiled 166 team points to beat out host Riverside City College (130 team points) to win their sixth championship in the last eight years. The team will now send qualifying athletes to the CCCAA State Championships, which will be held at San Mateo College next weekend.

In their way to winning the championship, Cerritos posted six first place finishes, including freshman Kenyla Miles (Carson HS), who won the 100 meters with a time of 10.60, which just edged sophomore teammate Kierra King (Long Beach Wilson HS), who recorded a time of 10.62. The clocking by Miles moves her into a tie for the third best time in the event in school history right alongside King. In the 200 meters, King came away as the champion with her time of 23.99, while Miles had to settle for second place at 24.33. The two were joined by freshmen Mahlaya Salter (Diamond Ranch HS) and Alia Scott (Vista HS) to win the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 46.14. King also had time to win the long jump with a distance of 6.03 meters.

Freshman Justice Smith (Highland HS) moved closer to the school record in the triple jump with a Southern California Championship winning distance of 12.81. She is moving in on the record of 12.96, which was set by Juanita Webster in 2017. 

Below listed in BOLD are the athletes who have advanced to the state championships. Because of A Standard marks and scratches, those entries could change, while others could be added.

Kenyla Miles 100 Meters 11.60 1st Place
Kierra King 100 Meters 11.62 2nd Place
Mahlaya Salter 100 Meters 11.89 4th Place
Kierra King 200 Meters 23.99 1st Place
Kenyla Miles 200 Meters 24.33 2nd Place
Mahlaya Salter 200 Meters 24.78 5th Place
Precious Alugbue 400 Meters 59.44 6th Place
Monica Bautista 800 Meters 2:28.72 8th Place
Daila Bell 100-Meter HH 14.79 3rd Place
Alia Scott 100-Meter HH 15.33 5th Place
Alia Scott 400-Meter IH 1:00.85 1st Place
Miles, King, Salter, Scott 4x100-Meter Relay 46.14 1st Place
Nance, Scott, King, Miles 4x400-Meter Relay 3:57.85 2nd Place
Darlena Robinson High Jump 1.40 Meters 9th Place
Kierra King Long Jump 6.03 Meters 1st Place
Justice Smith Long Jump 5.89 Meters 3rd Place
Imani Jones Long Jump 5.78 Meters 5th Place
Justice Smith Triple Jump 12.81 Meters 1st Place
Imani Jones Triple Jump 12.24 Meters 2nd Place
Kierra King Triple Jump 10.85 Meters 8th Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Shot Put 11.81 Meters 3rd Place
Sarah Hernandez Shot Put 11.42 Meters 5th Place
Daila Bell Shot Put 9.19 Meters 25th Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Discus 38.83 Meters 3rd Place
Sarah Hernanez Discus 31.46 Meters 16th Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Hammer 41.84 Meters 5th Place
Emily Gamboa Hammer 31.28 Meters 19th Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Javelin 31.52 Meters 7th Place
Keanna Daramola Javelin 28.07 Meters 10th Place
Darlena Robinson Javelin 27.70 Meters 12th Place
Daila Bell Javelin 24.63 Meters 16th Place