Peninsula High’s boys and Redondo High’s girls were team champions of last Saturday’s South Bay Track and Field Championships last Saturday at West Torrance High.
The Panthers won the meet with 95 points to 80 for runner-up Carson for the boys. Mira Costa took third at 69.
For the girls, Redondo was able to overcome second place Carson, 116-106. Mira Costa was third with 72.
Peninsula was led by Brailon Brown who won the 200-meter dash in a meet record time of 22.08 seconds, and he anchored the Panthers’ 4×100 squad to victory clocking 43.21, just two hundreths of a second shy of the meet record of 43.19 set last year by Redondo.
“It was great,” Brown said of the his and his team’s wins. “I am not going to settle for anything less than winning this and the league championship.”
Brown, though, was edged by Redondo’s Christian Bassman, last year’s Bay League champion, in the 100-meter dash, 10.82 to 10.93. Bassman broke the meet record in the event.
Carson had a fine performance by Elisha Taylor, who won the 400 in 49.87 and anchored the Colts’ 4×400-meter relay team to victory timing 3:25.48 to top second place Mira Costa (3:28.78).
Other top wins were accomplished by J.R. Tuvai, a Mustang football standout headed to University of Southern California this fall, who won the shot put (52-10) and the discus (148-2) and Torrance’s Thomas Gunderson (pole vault, 14 feet).
For the girls, Redondo’s Kayla Ferron was coming off keying the Sea Hawks’ 4×800-meter relay team to a third place finish at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays a day earlier, but had enough left to win the 800 (2:22.33) and holding off El Segundo Vistamar’s Sophie Currin in the 3,200 in 11:33.94. Currin was second clocking 11:33.96.
“It was a cool meet,” Redondo head coach Bob Leetch said. “We don’t emphasize on this a lot. Our boys had four leading scorers out who were at Mt. SAC last night.”
The Sea Hawk boys managed to place fifth with 61 points. Some of their key runners were in the 4×800 relay team that finished fourth with a fine time of 7:53.24 on Friday at Mt. SAC.
The Lady Sea Hawks won this meet for the first time in its 13-year history but the top female athlete was Carson sprinter Abony Meghan, who had wins in the 100 at 12.25 and broke the meet record in topping the 200 clocking 23.47. She was also on both of the Colts’ winning relay squads in the 400 (49.48) and 1,600 (4:03.02).
Another key Carson runner was Monoy Meighan in the 400 who was victorious in 59.53. Carson also had a win by long jumper Kierra Miller at 17 feet, 6.25 inches.
West Torrance had a double winner by Kayla Mallett in the pole vault (12 feet) and triple jump (38-11).
Peninsula’s Mia Ogundipe swept the girls’ weight events as she captured the shot put (37-4) and discus with her personal best mark of 130 feet.
Sophomore sensation Chimere Ezumah led Serra High’s girls in last Saturday’s Mt. SAC Relays. She recorded a national best time in winning the 400-meter dash clocking 54.55 to 54.65 for second place Akawkaw Ndipagbor from Long Beach Poly.
Ezumah won despite being out all week with a sore hamstring that kept her out of the April 13 dual meet against rival Torrance Bishop Montgomery and was limited a week earlier at the Arcadia Invitational.
“Ezumah hasn’t practiced all week,” Serra assistant coach Russell Bigg said. “She had a sore hamstring. She’s so competitive. She jumped quickly on those girls in this race.”
Ezumah came back and keyed her 4×400-meter relay team to another national best time of 3:42.58 in winning the event. Other runners included Kayah Agudo, Dawnielle Baucham and anchor Megan George. Ezumah ran on the third leg.
The meet was also highlighted by the 100-meter rivalry of Serra’s George Farmer and Remontay McClain of Covina.
It was last June in the California State Track and Field Championships that McClain nipped Farmer by one-thousandths of a second (10.444 to 10.445) in the 100. On April 9 at the prestigious Arcadia meet, Farmer came back to edge second place McClain (10.64 to 10.66). On a hot 95-degree afternoon, Farmer got off to a slow start and had to settle for a runner-up finish at 10.78, while McClain won the race clocking 10.66.
Farmer also ran in the anchor leg of Serra’s 4×100-meter relay team that finished third with the school’s season best time of 41.34. With the other runners including Raymond Ford, Darrello Fuery and Marques Rodgers, the Cavaliers placed behind winner Oxnard Rio Mesa (41.13) and second place Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (41.29).
On Saturday morning, Serra’s 4×200 relay squad of Ford, Reuben Guig, James Henderson and Rodgers won in a blazing time of 1:26.53, one of the tops in the nation this year.
In the 400, Pete Lauderdale placed third in 48.36 and teammate Francisco Olloqui was fifth (49.15).
In the girls’ division, Rolling Hills Chadwick’s Jaye Buchbinder had a second place in the 800-meter run timing 2:16.79, as did Inglewood St. Mary’s Academy in the 100-meter hurdles by Gianna Woodruff (43.23) and its 400 relay (46.85).
Serra and some other local top athletes are expected to travel to Philadelphia for the Penn Relays, which will run from April 26-30.