Carson High's boys' and girls' track and field teams came through with a sweep in last Wednesday's CIF-Los Angeles City Section Championships at Birmingham High in Lake Balboa.
The Colt girls were able to edge out Woodland Hills El Camino Real, 89-88, and Carson's boys topped runner-up and usual powerhouse Dorsey, 90-69.
The Lady Colts were led by Ashley Anderson who won the triple jump for the third straight time with an L.A. City Section record of 40 feet, 40.5 inches, breaking the previous record of 39-11 set in 2007 by Starasia Chyilds.
Anderson currently leads the state in the event at 41-2.5 inches, even ahead of this year's CIF-Southern Section best of 40-7.5 set by North Torrance's Jasmine Bass. Bass did that mark at the Southern Section Division II Championships on May 24 at Cerritos College. A week later, Bass was not quite as good but still managed to capture the Masters (Overall Southern Section) crown at 39-1.
This Friday and Saturday's California State Championships at Buchanan High's Memorial Stadium in Clovis between Anderson and Bass should be a very good match-up, as they could go one-two at the event.
Entering the last event, the 4x400-meter relay, Carson had to win the event, while the Conquistadors had to finish no higher than fourth. That certainly happed as the Lady Colts' squad of Rajane Deviught, Kennedi Atkins, Kemani Lanier and Devin McCloud won the event clocking three minutes and 58.87 seconds, while ECR placed fourth.
Carson's girls also enjoyed a one-two finish in the 100-meter hurdles with Mylia Gray (15.13) winning and Christina Gumbs (15.32) placing second.
For the boys, they were led by Brandon Hasson who won the 100-meter dash in 10.82 and finsihed second in the 200 timing 21.98. He also keyed the Colts to victory in the 400 relay (41.53) and second place at the 1,600 relay (3:23.2).
Justin Collins swept the hurdles, winning the 110 highs (14.99) and the 300 intermediates (39.41).
Isaiah Marshall was victorious in the 800 run in 1:56.87.
San Pedro's Steve Correa also won his third consecutive 1,600-meter run clocking 4:14.94.
Correa, however, was injured in the 3,200 and failed to finish.
In Friday's Southern Section Masters Finals at Cerritos College, Redondo's girls had a title by junior Anevay Hiehle in the 800 with her personal best time of 2:09.19.
Hiehle's teammate, Amber Gore, was third clocking 2:11.09 as both qualified for the state meet.
Both, along with Breya Wynee and Zuri Henderson helped the Lady Sea Hawks' 4x400 relay squad advance to state after taking fourth in a school record time of 3:49.03.
Kaitlin Heri advanced in the pole vault at 11-7.
For Redondo's boys, senior Dustin Herald finished fourth in the 1,600 meters timing 4:11.79. Senior Nicolas Wells and junior Sergio Rodriguez also advanced to state after fifth and sixth place finishes in the 800 in 1:54.6 and 1:54.77, in order.
After winning the state title last season, Serra's injury and mishap ridden boys' team managed just one qualifier in discus thrower Jeremy Franklin at 172 feet.
A day before the meet, the dispute over the controversial disqualification of premiere long jumper Adoree Jackson went to the Los Angeles Superior Court but the appeal failed due to lack of jurisdiction.
In Jackson's only race as an anchor of Serra's 4x400 relay, a dropped baton by third leg runner Jordan Lasley proved costly as the Cavaliers failed to advance for an eighth place in 3:19.17.
Serra's girls, however, had a good showing by their young runners in freshman Jasmin Reed and sophomore Jeanette Paul, who transferred from Serra over this past summer.
Paul, who swept both hurdles in the Division IV Finals, had a second place finish in the 300 (41.54) and fourth in the 100 (14.34).
Reed was fourth in 100 (11.92) and third in the 200 (24.24).
Both, along with Kayla Pickens and Madison Golden, keyed Serra's 4x100 squad to a third place finish timing 46.6.
The Lady Cavaliers' 1,600 team of Golden, Reed, Gertrude Martin and Kayla Pickens also made state after placing sixth in 3:50.26.
For Inglewood St. Mary's, senior Sierra Peterson was a big factor for its girls' track and field team. She was fourth in the 200 (24.29) and fifth at the 100 (11.93).
She anchored the Belles' 4x100 and 4x400 relays into the state prelims. Her 400 relay that also included Allanah Hughes, Aliyah Hale and Briana Shufford were fifth in 46.95.
Despite a seventh place finish in the 1,600 relay, the Belles, that also consisted of Alai Divinity, Hale and Shufford made the cut clocking 3:50.42, below the maximum qualifying time of 3:51.27.
Peninsula High from Rolling Hills Estates had two girls qualifiers in high jumper Tammy McVickar (5-5) and 400 runner Tnnika Onnekikami (400, 54.96).
Other locals who advanced included Kimberly Coscia (South Torrance, girls 3,200 meters, fifth, 10:18.87), Casey Celestin (Palos Verdes, boys 3,200, 9:04.03), Miles Irish (Palos Verdes, boys 1,600, sixth, 4:12.7), and Shante Robinson (Mira Costa, girls 300 hurdles, seventh, 43.32).
The state prelims start at 1 p.m. on Friday. Saturday's championships will begin at 4 p.m. with the field events and 6 p.m. in the running events.