As a combination of 12 league meets will be held this week in the Central Section, the region has gathered steam for the CIF State Track and Field Championships in four weeks at Buchanan’s Veterans Memorial Stadium by elevating 17 individual or relays among the state’s top five rankings.
That includes three No. 1s in Stockdale junior Blake Haney in the 1,600 (4:10.39) and 3,200 (8:48.58), and Buchanan’s Taylor Smith in the high jump (6-10 1/4).
Smith, in breaking the school record previously held by his brother, Travis (6-10), took over the state lead in Friday’s Reedley Invitational.
It was there that Edison’s girls section a section record by blazing 3:47.95 in the 1,600 relay with twins Tia and Tar Edwards, Nailah Harris-Murillo and Njeri Omawahleh. That broke the school’s own previous section standard of 3:48.08 in 2009 while moving the Tigers to No. 3 in the state this season.
Edison’s girls, also Friday at Reedley, clocked 47.13 for No. 6 all-time in the section in the 400 relay with Jazmen Bunch, Harris-Murillo, Omawahleh and Melese Crozier. That ranks No. 4 in the state.
And yet also at Reedley, Buchanan freshman phenom Hannah Waller zipped a 54.77 in the 400 — No. 2 all-time for a freshman in the section, No. 3 all-time in the section overall and No. 2 in the state this season.
Here are the section’s individuals and relays ranked among the state’s top five: