“Shocker Saturday” as three-time state champ Baxter, ex-state champ Jackson & state leader Crear each make early exits @ CIF-SS Prelims!
Serra High long jump specialist Adoreé Jackson was DQ'ed in his
specialty event at the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Prelims meet.
By Rich Gonzalez
(May 17, 2014) – Three of America's leading track and field athletes went down way, way, way too early during the initial rounds of postseason qualifying at various CIF-Southern Section Divisional Prelims meets, robbing next month's California State Meet of a trio of its uber-talented gems.
At the CIF-SS Division 4 Prelims Meet at Carpinteria High, Gardena Serra High senior Adoreé Jackson started the sequence of stunning developments when he was disqualified for "receiving communication electronically" during the course of his competition in the long jump qualifying. Jackson, who would otherwise have qualified to next Saturday's CIF-SS Divisional Finals meet with his leap of 23-07.50 in the final round, had won the state title in the event in 2012 and then finished second in 2013.
According to meet manager Van Latham, Jackson exited the infield and crossed the track and viewed video footage of himself, violating National Federation 4-6, Article 5-g.
"It was obvious," said Latham. "Several coaches — at least six of them — immediately noticed it and said they wanted to file protests."
The rule, also enforced by the CIF-Southern Section, was amended for the 2013-2014 season to permit such viewing only if it takes place in an unrestricted area/coaches box. Unless such an area is stipulated, then there is no unrestricted zone and it is otherwise a disqualification (the case in this situation).
Shortly thereafter, Long Beach Poly hurdler Ebony Crear reportedly stumbled over the fifth hurdle during her 300-meter hurdles heat at the CIF-SS Division 1 Prelims Meet at Trabuco Hills High, finishing 11th overall when only the fastest nine are entitled to compete at the CIF-SS Divisional Finals. Crear's only hope to compete in the event next weekend is if there are scratches between now and race time by at least two of the ten Division 1 hurdlers who performed faster than her today. Crear entered the meet as the state leader in the event and fifth-fastest in the nation this year.
A couple of hours later, Simi Valley's Sarah Baxter won her heat of the 3200-meter run at the CIF-SS Division 2 Prelims at Moorpark High, but then elected to halt her season. Pioneers head coach Steve Ringgold confirmed that her decision was based ed on her continuing struggles with a stress reaction (often a precursor to a stress fracture) in her leg that has been problematic for more than six weeks.
Baxter has never lost a 3200-meter race in her high school career, but was involved in a dead-heat tie at that distance in a battle with Northwood's Bethan Knights at the Mt. Carmel Invitational in late March.