W. Track & Field: Falcons run away with state championship

The Cerritos women's track and field team won their ninth state championship
The Cerritos women's track and field team won their ninth state championship

For the ninth time in school history, and eighth time in the last 14 seasons, the Cerritos College women's track and field team has won the CCCAA State Championship. Over the weekend at a rainy San Mateo College, the Falcons compiled 111 team points to easily outdistance themselves from second place Riverside City College, who ended with 82.5 team points. Cerritos had their three-year state title streak snapped in 2018 when they finished in second place and responded this year by winning their ninth state title.

Helping the Falcons to the championship were a quartet of first place finishes, along with three second places. Earning second place finishes in both the 100 meters (11.91) and 200 meters (25.10), sophomore Kierra King (Long Beach Wilson HS) also ran the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that picked up a state title. Freshman Kenyla Miles (Carson HS) ran the first leg, followed by King and then freshmen Mahlaya Salter (Diamond Ranch HS) and Alona Davis (Bellflower HS), with the foursome turning in a time of 46.63, which was over a full second ahead of second place West Los Angeles College. Miles was right behind King in the 100 meters (11.94), while the two made up half of the third place 4x400-meter relay team that also included freshman Alia Scott (Vista HS) and sophomore Glenn Nance (Gardena HS).

Sophomore Imani Jones (Mater Dei HS) posted a state championship distance of 5.86 meters in the long jump, with King taking fifth place, while freshman Justice Smith (Highland HS) and Jones took the top to finishes in the triple jump. Smith won the event at 12.30 meters, with Jones right behind at 12.01 meters.

In five of the 11 events in which the Falcons recorded team points, they earned 10 or more collective points. West LA, who finished in third place, recorded double-digit team points in four separate events, but didn't earn any points in field events. Cerritos garnered 43 of their points in field events.

Kierra King 100 Meters 11.91 2nd Place
Kenyla Miles 100 Meters 11.94 3rd Place
Mahlaya Salter 100 Meters 12.35 6th Place
Kierra King 200 Meters 25.10 2nd Place
Kenyla Miles 200 Meters 25.98 8th Place
Mahlaya Salter 200 Meters 26.04 9th Place
Alia Scott 100-Meter HH 15.08 3rd Place
Daila Bell 100-Meter HH 16.61 8th Place
Alia Scott 400-Meter IH 1:06.66 1st Place
Kenyla Miles, Kierra King, Mahlaya Salter, Alona Davis 4x100-Meter Relay 46.63 1st Place
Kenyla Miles, Alia Scott, Kierra King, Glenn Nance 4x400-Meter Relay 3:59.94 3rd Place
Imani Jones Long Jump 5.86 Meters 1st Place
Kierra King Long Jump 5.63 Meters 5th Place
Justice Smith Long Jump 5.49 Meters 6th Place
Justice Smith Triple Jump 12.30 Meters 1st Place
Imani Jones Triple Jump 12.01 Meters 2nd Place
Kierra King Triple Jump 9.68 Meters 11th Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Hammer 39.26 Meters 8th Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Shot Put 11.99 Meters 3rd Place
Sarah Hernandez Shot Put 11.38 Meters 8th Place
Nanati Alailefaleula Discus 30.45 Meters 11th Place
Daila Bell Heptathlon 3903 Points 3rd Place
Darlena Robinson Heptathlon 3692 Points 6th Place
Keanna Daramola Heptathlon 2596 Points 12th Place