2014 Track WTAG: The Best Freshmen!
Frosh "Wonder Woman" Lauren Rain Williams could be the
next great sprint sensation at the Long Beach Poly program.
Note: Our seasonal "WTAG" (Where They Are Going) feature follows in the footsteps of an idea spawned by our friends at Track & Field News, who cover our sport at the global level better than anyone!
WTAG Class of 2017: "Where They Are Going"
LEADING INCOMING FRESHMAN FROM THE CLASS OF 2017
By Mike Kennedy, PrepCalTrack.com
(FEBRUARY, 2014) – The rich get richer.
Long Beach Poly’s girls have been the strongest team in the state for the past 20 years and – based on the quantity and quality of freshmen enrolled this school year – that is not likely to change.
Leading the way is Lauren Rain Williams, who has demonstrated outstanding sprint range from 100 through to 400 meters. She has bests of 11.79w/11.94, 23.71w/23.95 and 55.31. Last year, she was third in the USATF National Junior Olympic 100 and fourth in the 200 for the Age 13-14 Division. Williams’ best in the 400 came three years ago, but she has rarely run the distance in the two years since. Backing up Williams will be Kaelin Roberts (12.16w/12.30/55.58) and Autumn Wright (55.85). In the distances, the Jackrabbits will look to Melissa Tanaka (4:48.22/1,500 & 10:39.57/ 3,000.
Other female sprinters to watch are Reonna Collier from Vacaville (12.22w/ 25.33/55.24/2:15.83) and Sarahvaughn King, who reached the USATF National Junior Olympics (13-14) 200 final and had a best of 24.61 in the semifinals.
Julia Bounds of Mountain View St. Francis (pictured at right) is the leader at 1,500 with a second-place finish in the USATF National JO (13-14) division at 4:43.03 and leads the 3,000 at 10:19.15. She also has run 2:17.64 for 800. Kaylee Thompson (4:55.25/ 10:43.12) of Valencia and Talley Hill (4:53.28) of Arroyo Grande also are strong. Three runners who starred in cross country were Erin Holton of Rancho Cucamonga (eighth in Division 1 with a freshmen meet-best 17:38), Citrus Hill’s Claire Graves (eighth in Division II at state) and La Quinta’s Marissa Rodriguez (tenth in Division III).
Keenan Ellis of El Cajon is the fastest male sprinter, with times of 11.42 and 23.42 in the USATF JO (13-14) Region 15 meet. He also has run 23.00, where no wind gauge was present. Zachary Shinnick of Glendora is the leading one lap runner at 50.83, which he ran in finishing third at the USATF National JO (13-14) meet. Joseph Anderson from Rancho Cucamonga was one of the very best hurdlers in the nation. He won the AAU National JO (13-14) 100 hurdles in 13.31 and also ran 25.39 to finish fifth in the 200 hurdles at the USATF National JO meet.
Tara Davis of Agoura HS won the USATF National JO (13-14) long jump with a wind-aided 18-7 and a wind legal triple jump of 38-9½. She also had a jump of 18-8½ where no wind gauge was present. She also ran 14.55 to finish fourth in the 100 hurdles over 30 inches and had a best of 28.09 in the 200 hurdles. McKenna Caskey of Santa Ana Mater Dei was the pole vault leader from 2013, but has already improved to 12-4 indoors. Keri Leake from Fresno is the high jump leader at 5-5¼, Alladia Patterson of Louisville tops the 6-pound shot at 44-10¼ and Alicia Viveros from Bakersfield leads the discus at 117-10.
For the boys, Hugo Novoa of Long Beach Poly is the fastest incoming freshman. He had an excellent double at the USATF Region 15 meet with times of 2:03.94 and 4:13.14 (1500m) and has a best of 9:29.25 (3000m). Erik Gonzalez of Rubidoux was a close second with winning times of 4:20.10 and 9:23.44 in the USATF National Youth (13-14) meet. Neil Braganza of Dougherty Valley was second in the USATF National JO (13-14) 1,500 at 4:16.56 and Brandon McNair of Chino Hills was third in the 800 at 2:04.60. Christian Ricketts of Arroyo Grande HS had the fastest freshman time at the state cross country meet at 15:24 to finish 18th in Division II. Miguel Villar of Madera South was next at 15:49 in finishing 29th in Division I, followed by Dillon Beckum of Bonita at 15:50 in placing 15th in Division III.
Bronson Osborn of Esperanza (left) has burst onto the scene during the winter all-comer meets with two outstanding performances. He has bests of 56-3 in the shot put and 164-6 in the discus with the high school weights. Kushaal Tadepalli from Calabasas has a best of 55-1 ½ with the 4-kilo shot and 172-6 with the 1-kilo discus from 2013. Payton Young from Union City has a triple jump best of 40-6.
Coaches are asked to email us with the high school of attendance for those below that do not yet have a destination specified.
Note—Only second-year Youth athletes turning age 14 by September of 2013 were considered as they were likely to be incoming freshman. Athletes are listed with hometowns and in black/non-bold text if we do not know their school affiliation yet. Athletes listed in blue/bold are confirmed at the school.
Sprints (100, 200, 400)
Emerald Bowens (Highlands)—12.44, 25.40 — ???
Reonna Collier —12.22w, 25.33, 55.24, 2:14.83 — Piedmont Hills, San Jose-CC
Jayla Harper (Northridge), 57.79—Louisville HS, Woodland Hills-SS
Sarahvaughn King (Castro Valley)—12.17, 24.61 — ???
Jada Newkirk (San Mateo)—12.42, 25.43 — ???
Mikayla Nolen-Revera (Marina)—12.54, 25.36, 56.70 — ???
Staci Ramsey (Pacoima)—12.39, 25.34 nwi — ???
Kaelin Roberts, 12.16w/12.30, 55.58—Long Beach Poly HS, Long Beach-SS
Kaylah Robinson (Oakland)—12.44w, 12.48 — ???
Tierra Robinson (Oakland)—25.46, 56.94 — ???
Lauren Rain Williams, 11.84w/11.96, 23.71w/ 23.95, 55.31—Poly HS, Long Beach-SS
Autumn Wright, 55.85—Long Beach Poly HS-SS
Distances (800, 1,500, 3,000)
Samantha Barajas—10:42.54—Simi Valley HS-SS
Imani Boggan (Concord)—2:20.16 —Acalanes HS, Lafayette-NC
Julia Bounds, 2:17.64, 4:43.03, 10:19.15—St. Francis HS, Mountain View-CCS
Sofia Castiglioni, 15th in State Div. I CC at 17:54—Davis HS-SJ
Claire Graves, 8th in State Div. II CC at 17:43—Citrus Valley HS, Redlands-SS
Talley Hill, 4:53.28—Arroyo Grande HS-SS
Erin Holton, 11:20.0 (3,200), 8th in State Div. I at 17:38—Rancho Cucamonga HS-SS
Nikki Iyer, 4:55.80—Harker School, San Jose-CCS
Carlene Masar (San Diego)—4:54.87 — ???
Bailey Pate (Valencia), 2:17.69—Hart HS, Newhall-SS
Marissa Rodriguez, 10th in State Div. I CC at 17:46—La Quinta HS-SS
Melissa Tanaka, 4:48.22, 10:39.57—Long Beach Poly HS, Long Beach-SS
Kaylee Thompson, 4:55.25, 10:43.12—Valencia HS-SS
Nicole Warwick, 2:17.83—Modesto Christian HS, Modesto-SJ
Sarah Winkler, 4:56.31—Simi Valley HS-SS
Carolyn Wilson, 2:20.58.
Hurdles (100 LH, 200 LH)
Tara Davis, 14.55, 28.09—Agoura HS, Agoura Hills-SS
Kaylah Robinson (Oakland), 15.09 — El Cerrito HS-NC
Jumps (HJ, PV, LJ, TJ)
McKenna Caskey, 12-04.00i—Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana-SS
Tara Davis, 18-08.50nwi, 36-09.50—Agoura HS, Agoura Hills-SS
Keri Leake (Fresno), 5-05.25 — Clovis HS-CE
Jada Newkirk (San Mateo), 18-05.25 nwi/17-06.25 — ???
Zhane Smith, 17-09.00—Long Beach Poly HS, Long Beach-SS
Throws (SP 6-lb, DT)
Alladia Patterson, 44-10.25—Louisville HS, Woodland Hills-SS
Alicia Viveros (Bakersfield), 117-10 — Liberty HS, Bakersfield-CE
Sprints (100, 200, 400)
Nicholas Agbede —11.39w/22.80w — Chaminade HS, Canoga Park-SS
Thomas Graham —52.16 — Roosevelt HS, Eastvale-SS
Elijah De’Vaughn —11.75 nwi — Chadwick HS, Palos Verdes Peninsula-SS
Keenan Ellis (El Cajon)—11.42, 23.00nwi, 23.42 — Valhalla HS-SD
Brandon McNair (Chino Hills)—52.26 — Chino Hills HS-SS
Zachary Shinnick —23.45, 50.83 — Damien HS, La Verne-SS
Tanner Tucker —23.42 — Buchanan HS, Clovis-CE
Taveous Vasquez (Escondido)—52.25 — Escondido HS-SD
Zaire Ali Webb —11.65w — Vista Murrieta HS, Murrieta-SS
Distances (800, 1,500, 3,000)
Dillon Beckum, 15th in State Div. III CC at 15:50—Bonita HS, La Verne-SS
Neil Braganza, 4:16.56—Dougherty Valley HS, Danville-NC
Christopher DePetro, 4:21.34, 9:45.23—Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego-SD
Eric Gonzalez, 4:20.10, 9:23.44—Rubidoux HS, Riverside-SS
Brandon McNair (Chino Hills)—2:04.60 — Chino Hills HS-SS
Kevin McNulty (Orange)—9:20.09, 9:36.07 — ???
Hugo Novoa—2:03.94, 4:13.14, 9:29.25—Long Beach Poly HS, Long Beach-SS
Christian Ricketts, 18th in SS Division II CC at 15:24—Arroyo Grande HS-SS
Kent Slaney, 9:38.97—Palo Alto HS-CCS
Tanner Tucker —2:01.88 — Buchanan HS, Clovis-CE
Miguel Villar, 29th State Div. I CC at 15:49—Madera South HS, Madera-CE
Xavier Weaver (Sacramento)—2:04.93 — McClatchy HS, Sacramento-SJ
Hurdles (100 IH, 200 LH)
Joseph Anderson —13.31, 25.39 —Upland HS-SS
Jumps (HJ, PV, LJ, TJ)
Bryan Thompson (Moreno Valley)—18-03.00 nwi — ???
Payton Young (Union City)—40-06.00nwi — James Logan, Union City-NC
Throws (SP, 4-kilo; DT, 1 kilo)
Bronson Osborn, 54-8 (12-lb), 164-06 (1.62 kilos)—Esperanza HS, Anaheim-SS
Kushaal Tadepalli —55-01.50, 172-03 —Agoura HS, Agoura Hills-SS