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Serrra’s Rodrick Pleasant sweeps 100, 200 at CIF State track finals; Carson’s Reign Redmond wins girls 100 – Daily News


CLOVIS — With an “S” on his chest, Serra junior sprinter Rodrick Pleasant, soared across the finish line to win the boys 100 and 200 state titles at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High School Saturday night.

“It was exciting, very fun, just being able to be here and compete is the biggest thing for me,” said Pleasant.

Pleasant ran 10.30 seconds in the 100 meters and 20.56 in the 200. He also anchored Serra’s 4×100 relay to a second-place finish in a time of 41.50.

Pleasant said he summed up his junior season with one word: success.

“Did some really big things, some exciting things and it was a great experience,” Pleasant said.

Long Beach Jordan sophomore sprinter Jordan Washington ran 10.44 to finish second in the 100 and 21.38 to finish fourth in the 200.

Meanwhile, Carson junior sprinter Reign Redmond said she didn’t believe she was going to win the CIF State title in the 100 meters until the last second.

“I had a bad start but I knew as long as I pushed through that I should be OK,” Redmond said.

The sprint sensation overcame her “bad start” Saturday night to post a time of 11.56 seconds in the 100 to finish in first place Saturday.

“It’s honestly amazing, just thanking God for putting me in this position because I knew, win or lose, I was just thankful to even be here,” Redmond said.

She said running 11.45 in the prelims Friday night gave her some confidence but she did not want to let her fast time go to her head.

“I don’t like to have that much confidence because when you think you are cocky or don’t be humble, that’s when something goes wrong,” Redmond explained.

The Serra girls track team, which only competed with four athletes at the state meet, opened the finals with a big 10 points in the team title race by running 46.08 to win the 4×100 relay over Golden Valley, which finished second with a 46.42.

“We just had to come out here and do what we do,” said Serra sophomore sprinter Mia Flowers, who ran on the team’s 4×100 relay.

“We’ve been working really hard. We had to execute the plan and we did just that,” added Serra sophomore sprinter Jaiya Fletcher.

Carson was fourth in 46.93 and Long Beach Poly was fifth with a time of 47.32.

Serra junior Brazil Neal finished a close second the girls 100 with a 11.57, and Serra junior Jordan Washington finished third in 11.62, which gave the Cavaliers 14 big points toward their goal of winning the girls team state championship.

Neal would go on to run 23.68 to win the 200.

“To be totally honest, I didn’t think I was going to win (the 200) but I went out there and executed and did everything my coaches told me to do and I’m super happy, ecstatic,” Neal said.

Her teammate Washington finished sixth in 24.12 and the dynamic duo combined for another 13 points.

“I’m very proud of myself. I’ve come very far this season with two major pr’s. I never thought that I could do that because I’ve had many injuries,” Washington shared.

Serra’s total of 37 points ended up being enough to win the girls team championship over Clovis North, which finished second with 32 points. Long Beach Wilson was third with 28 points and Golden Valley was fourth with 24 points.

Neal said Serra, which won the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Finals on May 14, should not be counted out just because they have an enrollment of about 500 students.

“It doesn’t matter because we have heart,” Neal explained. “Heart is what matters over everything. Determination over skill. Hard work over talent. Our whole team wanted it bad.”

Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks junior thrower April Fontenette finished second in the girls discus with a mark of 155 feet, 8 inches, which earned her team eight big points early in the race for the team championship.

In the shot put, Notre Dame freshman Aja Johnson finished second with a throw of 42 feet and 5.5 inches. Fontenette finished third and Notre Dame senior Hope Gordon finished seventh, giving the Knights 16 more points. They finished with 24 total points and earned a fifth-place team finish, despite only competing in two events with three athletes.

In the boys long jump, Golden Valley senior Elijha Ellis finished second with a mark of 24 feet and 5.75 inches, which he achieved on his second of six attempts. St. John Bosco senior Camyrn O’Bannon, who was a favorite for a top-six podium result, finished 10th.

O’Bannon missed out on earning his final three jumps after not being in the top nine after fouling two of his first three attempts.

O’Bannon, who will join UCLA’s track team next season, recalibrated himself and went on to win the boys triple jump with a mark of 47 feet and 6.75 inches.

In the girls long jump, Golden Valley senior Kylee Davis finished fourth with a jump of 19 feet and 8.25 inches. Redondo senior Eve Divinity was sixth with a jump of 19 feet and 3 inches.

Golden Valley sophomore Meagan Humphries finished second with a clearance of 5 feet, 6 inches in the girls high jump.

Meanwhile, West Ranch senior sprinter Christopher Goode nearly won the boys 400 race in 47.501 but finished just short of Central senior Jeremiah Walker’s 47.49.

“It was a good race,” Goode said. “Nothing but respect for everybody that competed (Saturday).”

Despite losing by less than a hundredth of a second, Goode was determined to not let the result get him down.

“It feels great to even be out here,” said Goode, who will run track at Cal State Fullerton next year. “If I came in last I wouldn’t have cared because it’s an opportunity. I’m very appreciative to be able to run here at this meet, on this track, at this level. It’s nothing but love and happiness right now.”

Granada Hills junior Dijon Stanley made a mad dash in the final 150 meters of the 400. Stanley finished in third with a time of 47.510, which nearly tied Goode and almost beat Walker.

In the girls 400, Long Beach Wilson junior sprinter Aujane Luckey stormed down the backstretch to finish second in a time of 54.90.

“I’m not proud of my time at all but I just came out here and tried to execute my race and finish the race,” Luckey said. “I feel good about it.”

Luckey ran 23.97 in the 200 and finished third in her secondary event.

Redondo junior Kai Deines finished third in the discus with a throw of 198 feet and 11 inches behind JSerra junior Brendon See’s first-place throw of 203-10. Golden Valley senior Terraine Wiggins Jr. also had a discus throw of 198-11 but finished fourth because Deines had the farthest secondary throw.

Los Alamitos finished fourth in the boys 4×100 relay in 41.73 with another furious anchor leg by freshman Devin Bragg. Granada Hills finished seventh in 42.04.





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