Lions Sweep T&F Finals, Girls 3-peat Winners

Cerritos College played host to the CIF SS Track & Field Divisional Finals, and once again Oaks Christian High School took center stage. The girls won their third consecutive CIF SS team title tallying a total of 122 points which was a staggering 82 points more than the nearest opponent and exceeded their own CIF SS Division 4 record set last year.

Senior Maya Hutchinson led the team as the only four-event qualifier. Hutchinson was runner-up in the long jump, third in the high jump, third in the 100H and fourth in the triple jump. Hutchinson’s 25 individual points were the most scored by a Lion. She completes her fourth and last appearance at CIF SS finals with 68 career individual event points, an OCS record. She advanced to the CIF SS Masters in the high jump.

It was no surprise junior Lauren Rain Williams defended her titles in the 100m and 200m, but what was surprising were the windy 11.17 and 22.44 marks she set. Williams is now the third fastest US high school girl of all time in the 200m with the 22.44 mark being the fastest ever run by a high school girl on US soil. The 11.17 is the ninth fastest time ever run. She also advanced to the CIF SS Masters in both events.

Junior Cassidy Palka defended her high jump title to make it three wins in three appearances. She also added a runner up effort in the triple jump before taking part in the OCS title defense in the 4x400m. Palka advanced to the CIF SS Masters in the high jump.

Juniors Carolyn Wilson and Julia Sullivan welcomed the incredible challenge of the 400m-800m double. Wilson won the 400m and Sullivan claimed the silver. Then, 55 minutes later, the two toed the line for the 800m resulting in Wilson placing third and Sullivan finishing fourth. The two girls teamed up again with Palka and senior Jordann Feinstein to win the 4x400m. Wilson qualified for CIF SS Masters in both and Sullivan qualified in the 800m.

Feinstein and Hannah Lenthall each collected a runner-up honor in their individual events; Feinstein in the 300H and Lenthall in the pole vault.

Junior Jehdah Burton, sophomore Camryn Davis, sophomore Sammie Cirelli and Williams teamed for a fourth place finish in the 4x100m.

The boys claimed their second title in three years and third title in OCS history.

Junior Nick Moore led the team once again with two runner-up finishes in the 100m and the 200m while also contributing to the 4x100. Moore posted the fastest time in OCS history with a windy 21.17 in the 200m and advanced to the CIF SS Masters.

Sophomore Chasen Geisler broke the OCS record in the 400m with a third place finish. Geisler contributed to both the 4x100 and the 4x400 successes.

Freshmen Luciano Barretto and Ezekial Bishop both tallied runner ups in their respective events; Barretto in the shot put and Bishop in the high jump. Bishop advanced to the CIF SS Masters.

Juniors Colin Schaub and Beau Russell contested the 800m then assisted the 4x400m. Sophomore Talin Lewis rolled in the 300H then was a member of the 4x400m. Sophomore Dallas Holliday took fourth in the shot put. Sophomore Chris Thompson and junior Cole Palka contested the high jump.

Seniors Fred Goodman and Tim Stalboerger scored in the triple jump with Goodman placing third and Stalboerger fifth. Goodman advanced to the CIF SS Masters.

Senior Gil’Scot Jackson and Sophomore Jalen Stokes teamed with Moore and Geisler to score in the 4x100m.

Photo: Marshall Haraden

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