Top Track Performers of the Week

(Top state track performers from section championship or master's meets held on May 23-25)

Boys

Beau Bettinger (Castro Valley) -- Took over the state lead, barely, in the 800 at the CIF North Coast Section Meet of Champions with winning time of 1:52.34.

Matt Bruno (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo) -- Emerged as the sprinter to beat from SoCal at the state meet with winning marks of 10.48 in the 100 and 20.93 in the 200 at last week's CIF Southern Section Masters Meet.

Noah Bryant (Carpinteria) -- It looks like Noah knows a lot about the shot. He upped his state-best mark in the event to 66-7 1/2 with a strong effort at the CIFSS Masters Meet.

Sean Drake (University, S.F.) -- Little University (D5 state CIF enrollment) probably has the state's best boy-girl distance running combo in Drake on the boys side and Yfa Kretzschmar for the girls. Drake racked up a 4:11.55 run in the 1600 at the NCS Meet of Champions and is a threat to take top honors in Cerritos.

Jarered Morgan (La Quinta) -- Special credit to any journalist who assumes his first name is a typo and spells it J-a-r-e-d the first time he/she sees it. At the CIFSS Masters Meet, Morgan unleashed the state's first 200-foot discus throw of the season with a winning toss of 200-3.

Duane Solomon (Cabrillo, Long Beach) -- Blazed to a clocking of 1:52.84 in the 800 at the CIFSS Masters Meet.

Justin Tryon (Taft, Woodland Hills) -- Took over the state lead in the 400 with winning mark of 47.25 seconds at L.A. City Section meet. Also helped relay teams clock 40.74 and 3:13.96.

Keno White (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) -- Keno might get an invite from Leno the way he's going. At the CIF San Diego Section Masters Meet, White was first in three events with marks of 49-8 3/4 in the triple jump, 6-8 in the high jump and 22-7 1/4 in the long jump.

Rubin Williams (Valley Christian, San Jose) -- Smashed a 28-year-old CIF Central Coast Section record in the 200 with a winning mark of 20.84 at the CCS fiinals at San Jose City College. Williams also won the 100 in 10.37 wind-aided and helped the Warriors finish first in the 4x100 relay.

Girls

Jenny Aldridge (Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa) -- What would a state meet be without a dominant girls distance runner from the Redwood Empire? Aldridge looked impressive at the CIF North Coast Section Meet of Champions in the 1600 with a clocking of 4:50.18.

Renee Eckley (West Valley, Cottonwood) -- She'll have trouble placing in any event at the state meet, but Eckley's four first-place showings at the CIF Northern Section finals merits attention because she's believed to be the first girl to win four events in that meet. Eckley, a senior, cleared 5-4 in the high jump, which could be her best chance to medal in Cerritos. She also went 17-9 1/4 in the long jump, 15.66 in the 100 hurdles and 36-6 in the triple jump.

Allyson Felix (L.A. Baptist, Sepulveda) -- Felix was phenomenal once again with her times of 11.48 and 22.95 in the 100 and 200 at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet. Her time in the 200 not only lowered her national best for the season, it also ranks No. 12 for the world so far this year.

Chaunte Howard (J.W. North, Riverside) -- Her CIFSS Masters Meet marks were great -- 5-10 in the high jump, 20-2 1/2 in the long jump and 38-7 1/4 in the triple jump -- but Howard is capable of doing even better.

Shakara Lott (University City, San Diego) -- After four years of Monique Henderson winning the 400 at the CIF San Diego Section finals, maybe it'll be four years of Lott. The freshman took first in the event last week and clocked 55.41, pretty strong for a ninth grader.

Mary Meyman (Carlmont, Belmont) -- A Russian immigrant, Meyman starred with three first-place finishes at the CCS finals at San Jose City College. She timed 12.16 in the 100, leaped 19-0 in the long jump and clocked 14.29 in the 100 hurdles.

Shannon Rowbury (Sacred Heart Cathedral, S.F.) -- There won't be a showdown between Rowbury and Jenna Timinsky in the 800 in Cerritos as Rowbury is dropping the 800 to concentrate on the 1600. She won both at the CCS finals in 2:08.74 and 4:55.81. Rowbury still has tough competition in the 1600, which mainly should come from Maria Carrillo's Jenny Aldridge.

Michelle Sanford (Woodbridge, Irvine) --  Sanford seems to be starting to distance herself from the rest of the state in the long jump and triple jump. Check out these marks from the CIFSS Masters Meet: 20-8 3/4 in the long jump and 41-8 3/4 in the triple jump.

Michelle Stinnette (Cleveland, Reseda) -- Led the Cavs to the L.A. City Section team title by sweeping the 100 and 200 in 12.03 and 24.63 seconds and leading the 4x100 relay team to a first-place mark of 47.02.

Danielle Stokes (St. Mary's, Berkeley) -- Took on state leader Talia Stewart of James Logan in the 100 hurdles at the NCS Meet of Champions and came through with a new state best of 13.90 in winning the race. Stewart won over Stokes in the 300, but not by much: 43.68 to 43.76.

Jenna Timinsky (San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas) -- Standout student-athlete (4.0 GPA) seems ready for Cerritos as she took on chief local rival Whitney Schmucker at the CIF San Diego Section final and won in 2:08.74. Schmucker was close behind and clocked 2:09.42.

Kamaiya Warren (St. Mary's, Berkeley) -- If J.W. North and Poly weren't so loaded, St. Mary's might have a shot at the team title at the state meet with Warren in the weight events and Stokes in the hurdles. Warren was best at the NCS Meet of Champions in the discus with a strong effort of 165-5.

Renee Williams (Skyline, Oakland) -- Won four events at the CIF Oakland Section championships. Marks were 12.18 i


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