WTAG (Where They Are Going): Track and Field’s Top Frosh in California this year!

(Editor's Note: The "WTAG" feature, which stands for "Where They Are Going", is something we've done at the high school level in an attempt to identify and/or recognize where last year's top eighth graders are attending this year. It's an idea spawed by our good friends at Track & Field News, whose magazine is the best in the world at covering our sport.)



By Mike Kennedy
Special Correspondent

        The just-concluded cross-country season not only featured vintage competition, it was quite simply the best of all time by freshman boys for a given year. In Division I at the state meet, Phillip Rocha of Arcadia placed tenth (15:27) while Jake Ogden of Dana Hills was 23rd (15:38). In Division III, Austin Tamagno of Brea Olinda was sixth in 15:35. Rocha, Tamagno and Ogden, now rank No. 2, 4 and 6, respectively on the all-time California Woodward Park list. One week later, Rocha and Ogden finished first and second in the USATF National JO Youth Division and Tamagno placed second in the Intermediate Division. Their collective performances were just a continuation of equally outstanding track performances last spring.
       Rocha and Ogden both completed in the USATF National Youth Division. The two battled in the Southern California Association championship with Rocha prevailing, 8:56.93 to 8:58.48 for the top two times in the nation. Ogden reversed the order in the national Youth championships, 9:04.41 to 9:04.45 and then went on to win national 1,500 and 3,000 titles at the Junior Olympic championships, where Rocha was not entered. The two also met at the Association 800 championships with Rocha winning in a national leading 1:59.95. Ogden was third at 2:02.34. In the 1,500, Rocha had a nation-leading best of 4:09.46 and Ogden ran 4:10.98. Tamagno competed in the USATF Association Intermediate division where he ran 2:02.54, 4:09.27 and 8:58.45. The 800 was a very deep event, with Romare Ashford of Los Angeles at 2:02.16, Marcus Avila of San Jose at 2:02.75 and Anthony Moronez of Bakersfield at 2:04.37.
      It was not only the boys who shined in the distances, especially in the recently completed cross country season. An unknown Maggie Bell of Granite Bay (pictured at right, courtesy of Bob Geiger) opened her season with a win at the Stanford Invitational, followed that with a State Division II championship in 17:29 to rank No. 5 California freshman at Woodward Park and ended her season as the USATF National JO Youth division champion. She split her time last spring between soccer and track staying in-state but showed her potential with a 2:16.58 for 800 and 4:46.78 for 1,500 meters. Mikayla Sodersten of Clovis might have given Bell a real run based on her 17:41 at the Clovis Invitational—a time that ranks her No. 8 on the California freshman list—but her season was cut short by a broken bone in her foot.
       Fiona O’Keeffe of Davis was sixth in the CIF-State Division I championships at 17:49 but earlier ran 17:42 at the Clovis Invitational to rank No. 9 on the freshman list. She then qualified for the Foot Locker Championships in San Diego. Last spring at the Tom Moore Invitational, O’Keeffe ran 10:11.8 for 3000m to rank as the No. 3 eight-grader in the nation and had a best of 4:45.79 for 1500m. Prisella Lee of San Jose won the USATF National JO Youth 800 championship with a 2:14.27 and had a best of 4:50.58 for 1,500. Nicole Warrick of Modesto was the Association Youth champion at 2:14.50. Two athletes who showed great range were Sydney Tullai of Chino Hills with times of 2:15.42, 4:46.85 and 10:18.08 and Annaka Green of Amador Valley (Pleasanton at 2:18.01, 4:39.96 and 10:46.93.  
       Tarrik Brock of Crespi (Encino) won the USATF National JO Youth Division 100 and 200 at 11.20 and 22.22 and had nation-leading times of 10.92 and 22.05. Jordan Harris of Lakewood was close behind, running 11.26 and 22.91. Malcolm Anders of Spring Valley was the leading state 400 runner at 51.05 and also had bests of 11.54 and 22.81. At the USATF National Youth championships D’Anthony Walcott of San Diego was second in the 100 hurdles at 13.71 and won the 200 hurdles in 25.51 to rank No. 3 and No. 7 in the nation, respectively. Daniel Richardson of Frontier (Bakersfield) won the AAU National JO 14 discus (1-kilo) with a 175-9 throw and ranked No. 2 in the national at 179-5. The high school discus is 1.62-kilos. Patrick Gonzales of Somis was the leader with the 4-kilo Youth shot at 52-2½. Travis Kartz of Granite Bay won the USATF National Youth division pole vault at 12-5½ to rank No. 5 in the nation. Justes Nance of Bell-Jeff (Burbank), a 6-4 wide receiver on the football team, is a very consistent long jumper with a best of 19-11¾ and three meets over 19-0.
      In the girls field events, Courtney Corrin of Harvard-Westlake (Studio City) won the USATF National JO Intermediate division long jump at 19-11½ and Rhesa Foster of Clovis won the AAU National JO 14 event at 19-9½ to rank as the top two incoming freshman in the nation. Naish Boardingham of San Fernando won the USATF National JO Youth division at 18-5. Sierra Sheppard of Carmichael is the leading shot putter at 47-0¾ and was the No. 2 eighth-grader in the nation.
      Actually, the best incoming field eventer might be in an event—the javelin—that is not contested in California high schoo1s. Tairyn Montgomery of Los Angeles won both the national USATF and AAU JO Youth competitions and had a best of 151-3—a mark that ranks No. 12 on the 2012 national prep list. Jeanette Paul of Hawthorne was second at the National AAU JO Youth 100 low hurdles at 14.51 to rank sixth in the nation and had a best of 28.26 in the 200 hurdles.  Kyla Richardson of Rancho Cucamonga is the leading sprinter with best of 12.00 and 24.12. Twin sister Kayla has run 12.34 and 24.99. Reonna Collier of Vacaville is the top 400 runner at 55.69.                  
        (Note—only second-year Youth athletes that have turned 14 by September are considered because they are the most likely to be incoming freshman. Athletes are listed with hometowns and high schools, if known. In a few cases, some of the listed athletes might still be in the eighth grade. Please let us know if such is the case.)


             Coaches are asked to email us with the high school of attendance for those below that do not yet have a destination specified.


Sprints (100, 200, 400)
Malcolm Anders (Spring Valley), 11.54w, 22.81nwi, 23.19; 51.05
Tarrik Brock, 10.92; 22.05nwi, 22.22—Crespi HS-SS
Jordan Brooks, 52.71—St. Augustine HS-SD
TreyJohn Butler (Fontana), 11.50nwi; 23.57nwi
Stefon Goudeau, 51.45; 2:04.87—Gardena Serra HS-SS
Jared Harrell), 11.61, 23.37nwi, 23.56—St. Bernard HS-SS
Jordan Harris (Lakewood), 11.26w, 11.28; 22.74 nwi, 22.91; 52.66—St. John Bosco HS-SS
Cahlil Hooper (Rancho Cucamonga), 11.71w, 11.75; 23.21nwi, 23.32
Joshua Jackson (Bakersfield, 23.98
Leo Lambert, 52.56—Notre Dame/S.O. HS-SS
Austin Lietz 52.92—Notre Dame/S.O. HS-SS
Nicholas Malone (Fountain Valley), 11.34; 23.45w
Thomas Rintou (San Diego) 52.37
Ramone Sanders (San Francisco), 11.54
Jordan Testerman 11.55w—Vista Murrieta HS-SS

Distances (800, 1,500, 3,000
Romare Ashford, 2:02.26; 4:24.24—Palisades HS-LA
Marcus Avila 2:02.75—Bellarmine Prep HS-CC
Anthony Chaidez 4:27.27—Notre Dame/S.O. HS-SS
Kiyaam Cooksey (Los Angeles), 2:04.62—Lawndale HS-SS
Michael Dunne 4:22.13; 9:24.21—Marin Academy HS-NC
Everett Earl 4:27.94—El Modena HS-SS
Andrew Ehrenberg 9:27.07—Redwood (Larkspur) HS-NC
Alexis Gonzalez 4:28.73—Rubidoux HS-SS
Lucas Jackson 9:44.91—Santa Monica HS-SS
Anthony Moronez 2:04.37; 4:24.48; 9:31.82—Ridgeview HS-CE
Jacob Ogden 2:02.34; 4:10.89; 8:58.48—Dana Hills HS-SS
Phillip Rocha 1:59.98; 4:08.46; 8:56.93—Arcadia HS-SS
Matthew Salazar 4:19.39; 9:24.21—Casa Grande HS-NC
Austin Tamagno 2:02.54; 4:08.23; 8:58.45—Brea Olinda HS-SS
Curtis Threlkeld (Selma), 2:06.90
Aaron Tivadar (San Diego), 4:22.94
David White 4:22.81; 9:36.92—San Juan Hills HS-SS
Andrew Wilson 4:26.93—Redlands HS-SS

Hurdles (100 IH, 200 LH)
LaVonte James (Palmdale), 14.78; 27.18
Austin Lietz 26.31—Notre Dame/S.O. HS-SS
Daniel Richardson 14.66—Frontier HS-CE
Ricardo Rodriguez (Altadena), 14.95; 27.00nwi, 27.36
Isaki Wada-Law (Los Gatos), 27.08
D’Anthony Walcott (San Diego), 13.71; 25.51

Jumps (HJ, PV, LJ, TJ)
Chibuikem Dunu 40-00.00—Buchanan HS-CE
Gabriel Jenkinson (Los Angeles), 5-08.00—Harvard/Westlake HS-SS
Travis Kartz 12-05.50—Granite Bay HS-SJ
Justes Nance 19-10.75—Bell-Jeff HS-SS
Chase Rodriguez (Fresno), 11-11.75.
Devin Sanders (San Diego), 19-02.50nwi

Throws (SP, 4-kilo; DT, 1 kilo)
Rogi Alverez 45-02.50—Selma HS-CE
Kyle Felix, 152-03 —Burroughs HS/Ridgecrest-SS
Patrick Gonzalez 52-02.50—Sierra Canyon HS-SS
Tyler Moulton, 45-08; 153-03—Quartz Hill HS-SS
Daniel Richardson 48-05.50; 179-05—Frontier HS-CE


Sprints (100, 200, 400)
Naiah Boardingham 25.06—El Camino Real HS-LA
Reanna Collier (Vacaville), 12.35nwi, 12.49; 24.98nwi, 25.22
Rhesa Foster 12.59nwi—Clovis North HS-CE
Azaria Hill (Santa Clarita), 12.05nwi, 12.24; 25.16nwi, 25.53
Saravaughn King (Castro Valley), 12.39; 24.98w, 25.16
Jeanette Paul 25.43—Carson HS-LA
Jenae Pennywell (Palo Alto), 12.48, 25.59w—Gunn HS-CC
Maya Perkins (Long Beach), 12.22nwi, 12.35; 24.88nwi
Plalisha Perkins (Long Beach), 12.52
Kayla Richardson, 12.36nwi, 12.46; 24.99nwi, 25.50—Etiwanda HS-SS
Kyla Richardson, 12.00; 24.12nwi, 24.74—Etiwanda HS-SS
Amanda VanBuren (San Diego), 12.36w, 12.37—Vista Murrieta HS-SS
Alexis Wilson (Los Angeles), 12.48; 25.35

Distances (800, 1,500, 3,000)
Bianca Alonzo 2:15.43; 4:46.33—Marlborough HS-SS
Maggie Bell 2:16.58; 4:46.76—Granite Bay HS-SJ
Amanda Gehrich 4:50.64—Tesoro HS-SS
Annaka Green 2:18.01; 4:39.96; 10:46.93—Amador Valley HS-NC
Lauren Jacob 4:49.99; 10:32.12—Los Altos HS-CC
Priscilla Lee (San Jose), 2:14.27; 4:50.58—Evergreen Valley HS-CC
Megan McCandless 10:50.29—Granada HS-NC
Michelle Mognani 2:17.24; 4:50.80—Moorpark HS-SS
Fiona O’Keeffe 4:45.79; 10:11.8—Davis HS-SJ
Chloe Pigg—Arcata HS-NC
Mikayla Sodersten—Clovis HS-CE
Brooke Starn 4:45.28; 10:23.75—Monte Vista HS-NC
Sydney Tullai 2:15.52; 4:46.85; 10:18.08p—Ayala HS-SS
Nicole Warwick (Modesto), 2:14.50

Hurdles (100 LH, 200 LH)
Tajanique Bell (San Diego), 28.67nwi
Arterra Coffey (Antioch), 15.22, 28.59
Hannah Davis (Vacaville), 67.31/400mH
Rhesa Foster 14.84—Clovis North HS-CE
Brisa Guzman-Sanchez 15.15nwi, 15.41; 25.93—Alemany HS-SS
Nina Milligan 15.35w, 15.49—Harvard-Westlake HS-SS
Nia Murphy (Berkeley), 29.53
Jeanette Paul (Hawthorne), 14.51; 28.26—Carson HS-LA
Cynthia Smith (San Jose), 15.45w, 15.90

Jumps (HJ, PV, LJ, TJ)
Naish Boardingham 18-05.00—El Camino Real HS-LA
Cheyanne Brady 35-03.00—Carson HS-LA
Courtney Corrin 19-11.50—Harvard-Westlake HS-SS
Rhesa Foster 19-09.50—Clovis North HS-CE
Maya Hutchinson (Newbury Park), 5-06.00; 17-02.00nwi
Destiny Longmire (Moreno Valley), 5-03.00; 17-00.00nwi

Throws (SP 6-lb, DT)
Briana Blackwell (Hanford), 111-03
Sierra Sheppard (Carmichael), 47-00.75—El Camino HS-SJ

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