The weather conditions at Veteran's Stadium in Clovis, CA were ideal for day one of the 2013 CIF State Track & Field Championships. Top athletes from throughout California put their abilities to the test in front of a packed house that included several spectators who watched from the grass area beyond the scoreboard.
Standouts coming into the CIF State meet included the Long Beach Poly girls 4x100 relay team, who recently won the Penn Relays, becoming the first U.S. team to capture the title in the last 30 years. Arianna Washington (2014) of Poly is also the national leader in the 100M & 200M.
One the boy's side, strong 4x100 teams from Loyola, Serra (Gardena) and LB Poly lit up the track in the prelims, but should turn on the jets this evening for a great race. Washington State RB signee Gerard Wicks is a member of the Poly 4x100 team, and comes out the gate on the first leg for the Jackrabbits.
2013 CIF State Track & Field Prelims
The boy's 4x400 relay favorite is Serra, who also holds the national best time this season at 3:13.68.
The most notable athlete competing in this year's championships is Adoree' Jackson from Serra. Jackson is the current national leader in the long jump and also runs the third leg in the 4x100 for the Cavaliers. Jackson only took one jump yesterday in the prelims and notched the best mark at 24' 7.25", which was a solid 6 inches further than all other competitors.
Adoree' was visibly disappointed after his jump, and for good reason. Jackson leapt from nearly a foot behind the board, and is eager to challenge the national record and hit 26' 10" today.
Another great athlete in attendance is L.J. Moore from Central (Fresno), who's a standout defensive back that signed with the University of Oklahoma on National Signing Day.
CLA will have more coverage, including videos and photos from the 2013 CIF State Track & Field Championships. Stay-tuned.