Your Boys and Girls Track and Field program achieved new heights, distances and marks to cap off their 2019 BIG VIII Season. Out of the 32 possible league champions at the BIG VIII League Finals your Mustangs captured 18 of them, to go along with 6 runner ups and 9 3rd place finishes.
Your Mustangs moved on with school record 34 entries into the CIF Prelims this past Saturday at Trabuco Hills HS. Of those 34, 14 qualified for the CIF Finals this coming Saturday at El Camino College. The Girls will be represented in 9 events as they attempt to bring home hardware for the 4th time in school history. Last season the girls finished 4th at CIF Finals, they are currently ranked #2 as a team in CIF Div. 1 in a tight battle of some of the top programs not only in the Southern Section but in the state. With a little help and some breakout performances anything is possible!
On the boys side we be represented in 4 events the 400m, 3200m, Pole Vault (2 athletes) and 4×400. 3 of those athletes will participate in their first ever CIF Finals, Jaylend Howard (400m), Raul Chavez (3200) and Jacob Camarena (PV). Ethan Amata returns to try to capture the CIF Title after finishing as runner up last season. The boys 4×400 attempts to continue tradition in qualifying for the Masters Meet for the 4th year in a row.
Along the way history is being made. As we all know, records are meant to be broken and they continue to be as the season progresses. Lydia Liu continues to distance herself on the school record list and climbing up the Riverside County All Time list, where she is now #4 in the Discus and Top 10 in the Shot Put. Naomi Johnson also captured a school record while capturing the BIG VIII League Title, running a school record and personal best time of 54.38 in the 400 m.
The CIF Prelims are considered to be the toughest and deepest in the State where several of the top athletes do not advance forward. That has been the case for Seniors Chaselyn Amos and Alexys Ford until now.. both advanced to the finals in their respective events. Senior Erika Flaherty qualified for the CIF Finals for the first time after narrowly missing last year on attempts. We had 4 athletes put up either personal bests or set personal best in their events to narrowly miss finals this year by one spot, all finishing 10th (Top 9 Qualify). In some cases it was on misses and in another it was by .09 seconds. Good thing for those 4 is that they were all underclassmen and will return next season.
Not only will CIF Individual, Relay and Team titles be on the line.. so will be spots for the CIF Masters Meet the CA State Meet qualifying meet! CIF Finals placers in the Top 5 in each event will medal and the top 8 athletes/relays on the day will earn points base on this scoring (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), the only place that does not score is last place in the event.
To Qualify for the CIF Masters Meet, an athlete/relay must be in the top 9 times/marks in all divisions combined in all laned events and relays. In the Distances and Relays they must be in the top 12 with all divisions combined.
Come on out and support your Mustangs as they attempt to add to school history!
Here is a link to all CIF Finals Information: https://cifss.org/sport-news/2019-cif-ss-ford-track-and-field-divisional-championship-finals-saturday-may-11th-el-camino-college/
Tickets can be pre-purchased here (avoid the lines): https://gofan.co/app/events/54453