For the second straight season, Carson High’s boys’ and girls’ track and field teams swept the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Championships Thursday at Cerritos College.
The Colt boys outlasted traditional City power Dorsey 65-58 for the championship and Carson’s girls won over runner-up Palisades 116.5-107.
Justin Collins was a standout on Carson’s boys’ squad by winning both hurdles. He captured the 110-meter highs at 14.38 seconds and the 300 intermediates clocking 37.13, one of the top times in California this season. He blazed to a 36.76 a week earlier at the City Prelims.
The Colt boys, behind Collins and Ryan Hall, also won the 4×100-meter relay in 41.91. Hall was victorious in the 200 timing 21.48 and was third in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 6.75 inches.
Another Carson winner was Brenden Scott in the triple jump at 46-5.5.
For the girls, it was Jeanette Paul who topped her field in the 300 hurdles (43.31) and the 100 (12.31). Paul also keyed Carson’s 4×100 relay to a second place finish clocking 48.13.
The Colts’ Crystal Washington captured the triple jump at 36-4.25.
San Pedro was led by Brenuyn Bunnell in the 800 at 2:17.26.
In the CIF-Southern Section, powerhouse Serra from Gardena had a strong showing with several California State Championship qualifiers including senior Jaela Williams who finished fifth in the 100 hurdles clocking 14.28. She, along with Madison Golden, Morgan Pecantte and Jasmine Reed, helped the Lady Cavaliers to a third place finish in 46.27.
St. Mary’s Academy from Inglewood had its own share of athletes advance, including Kyra Williams, who was sixth in the 100 hurdles timing 14.3.
The Belles’ 4×100 relay squad of Aniah Brown, Aliyah Hale, Briana Shufford and Kkeshawna Myes also made the state meet after finishing fourth in 46.93.
Sophomore Shante Robinson from Mira Costa shined with a second place finish in the 300 hurdles clocking 42.77.
Palos Verdes’ Jacquelyn Smith advanced by taking fourth in the girls’ 1,600 at 4:51.26, and South Torrance distance standout Kimberly Coscia placed seventh with a state qualifying time of 10:34.
For Redondo, its girls’ 4×400 relay squad of Trinity Leonard, Pierson Wodzynski, Kristin Hamlin and Zuri Henderson tied for fifth with Los Alamitos to make the state meet with a time of 3:50.24.
The Sea Hawks also qualified one hurdler each for the boys. Sophomore Tate Curran advanced by tying for sixth, but won the jump off at 14-9. For the girls, sophomore Kaillin Heri also made state after a sixth place finish at 12-1.
The California State Championships will be at Buchanan High’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis next Friday and Saturday. Friday’s Prelims begin at 1:30 p.m. with the championship meet starting with the field events at 4 p.m. and the running events at 6 p.m. on Saturday.