The CIF track & field State championships were not held for a second straight season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that did not prevent the sports community from preparing a stage for the top prep athletes to compete. Arcadia Invitational meet director Rich Gonzalez gathered his troops and decided to host a meet for California’s best.

The California track and field State championships came about in response to that development, and some local athletes who received the invitation took full advantage of the opportunity. Rich extended invitations to athletes with top 40-marks in the state and all the athletes who accepted invitations competed as unattached participants. Any reference to school affiliations is listed for informational purposes only.

The event was powered by VS Athletics and took place June 25-26 at Arcadia High School. The two-day California State championships meet was conducted under a USATF sanction and operated within the NFHS rules.

Results for both the boys’ and girls’ individual participants that represented the Temecula Valley area listed here:

BOYS

4×400 Meter Relay

5th place – Murrieta Mesa – TC ‘A’ 3:22.90

800 Meters

3rd place – Kyle Reden (12; Great Oak) – 1:55.52

Great Oak’s Kyle Reden (2), pictured here at the CIF Southern Section finals with teammate Joseph Mateo, placed third in the 800M at the California track and field State championships. Valley News/Jerry Soifer photo

1600 Meters

6th place – Austin Montez (12; Great Oak) – 4:21.43

High Jump

1st place – Darius Hill (12; Vista Murrieta) – 6-08.00, 6-00, 6-02, 6-04, 6-06, 6-08, 6-10

Long Jump

3rd place – Darius Hill (12; Vista Murrieta) – 22-11.00 +0.0, 21-10(1.3), 22-01(0.7), 22-09.50(0.3), FOUL (+0.0), FOUL (0.7), 22-11(+0.0)

Vista Murrieta senior, Darius Hill, took first place in the high jump and third place in the long jump at the California track and field State championships. Valley News/Jerry Soifer photo

Triple Jump

2nd place – JC Stevenson (11; Great Oak) – 46-01.75 1.7, 43-06.50(1.9), 45-06.75(0.2), 46-01.75(1.7), ND (1.4), 45-01.50(1.6), 45-01.50(2.4)

Shot Put

1st place – Cade Moran (11; Murrieta Mesa) – 60-02.50, 58-06, 58-01.50, 55-11.75, 58-08, 59-07.25, 60-02.50

Discus

3rd place – Cade Moran (11; Murrieta Mesa) – 173-04, 165-11, 169-10, 167-00, FOUL, 159-04, 173-04

Murrieta Mesa junior, Cade Moran, took first place in the shot put and third place in the discus at the California track and field State championships June 26, at Arcadia High School. Valley News/Rob Davis Photography

GIRLS

4×800 Meter Relay

5th place – Great Oak – TC ‘A’ 9:43.40

100 Meters

Preliminary 13th place – Stevie Wu (12, Murrieta Mesa) 12.20, 12.197

Long Jump

8th place – Alyssa Alumbres (9; Vista Murrieta) – 17-09.00 0.8, 16-09.50(2.1), 16-09(2.4), 17-02.25(3.3), 16-06.50(2.2), 16-06(1.4), 17-09(0.8)

11th place – Summer Stevenson (12; Great Oak) – 17-01.00 0.5, FOUL (0.9), 17-01(0.5), FOUL (2.4)

Great Oak senior, Summer Stevenson, took first place in the triple jump and 11th place in the long jump at the California track and field State championships June 25, at Arcadia High School. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Triple Jump

1st place – Summer Stevenson (12; Great Oak) – 38-10.00 3.1, 38-10(3.1), 37-04(0.1), 38-09.50(1.5), 38-02.25(+0.0), FOUL (+0.0)

2nd place – Ahnyx Bush (12; Temecula Valley) – 37-11.25 +0.0, 37-10.75(0.9), 36-10(+0.0), 37-02(1.4), 37-11.25(+0.0), FOUL (0.3)

More info can be found online by visiting www.cifss.org and www.finishedresults.com.

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