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Track & Field Elite Compete at State

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By Jon D. Gaede
BVN Staff

In CIF Track & Field’s second season, some local athletes separated themselves from the ordinary.

In a sport that requires relentless dedication and top conditioning, the reward, as in life itself, can be the pinnacle of personal achievement and satisfaction.

Among those special athletes are Margaux and Walter Jones of Redlands High School. The brother and sister act has not gone unnoticed in the southland.

Margaux bested a CIF long jump record that stood since 1976 at 19’2”. She qualified for the long jump final at Clovis and had the gold medal until the last round. Jones, just a sophomore, was able to capture third in the state with a leap of 19’4”. Of the season, Jones posted the best leap in the state with a leap of 19’7” at the Mt. SAC Relays in April.

Walter Jones, a junior at RHS, is an all around athlete. Walter competed in the 200m, long jump and triple jump at the CIF Masters meet. He qualified for both jumping events at state. In that double, Jone’s leap of 47’2” was good enough for sixth in the triple jump. In the long jump, Jones jumped 23’9” for a 9th place finish at Clovis.

San Gorgonio’s Ryan Hunter-Simms, who will attend the University of Oregon in the fall, had posted an impressive 188 foot discus throw this year. He finished in the top ten at Clovis. Hinter-Simms took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 60’10”.

Jordie Mumford, the hurdle specialist from Rancho Cucamonga high school, took third in the 300-hurdles in 42.23. She also picked up a fifth in the 100-hurdles in 14.01

In the shot put, Tanya Sapa of Riverside La Sierra posted a toss of 42’11” and Destiny Parker of Summit, a toss of 41’10”. Both top ten marks.

Notable pole vaulter Peter Chapman of Murrieta Valley H.S., the only vaulter in his league, coached by his father, won the state championship with a vault of 16’4”.


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