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Jackson, Serra finish Division IV Finals with a bang

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Entering this season, Serra High standout athlete Adoree Jackson was seeking to break the United States naitonal long jump record and even looking to become the first prep long jumper to go 27 feet or more.

Jackson still has the nation's top high school long jump at 25 feet, 5.25 inches he did in March at a track and field invitational in Chandler, Ariz.

At the CIF-Southern Section Division IV Prelims on July 17 at Carpinteria High, Jackson was cruising into last Friday's chamionship meet at Cerritos College. After a 23-7 long jump which was well ahead of the rest of the field, Jackson left the scene and crossed the track to view a video of his jump. A few others did the same.

An official warned him but OK'ed his performance. Then, approximately two hours later, a meet referee disqualified him for leaving the scene for viewing the video, a National High School Sports Federation policy. Jackson's hopes to break the national record of 26-10 was dashed.

"The coach had a phone and talked to me about the jump," Jackson said. "A field judge let me jump and congratulated me. About two hours later, I was disqualified."

Jackson, who will compete in football and track and field at the University of Southern California starting in the summer, had a happy finish at the Division IV finals asa he anchored the Cavaliers' 4x400-meter relay team to victory with a time of three minutes and 19.81 seconds. The team moves on to Friday's Southern Section Masters Championships at Cerritos College.

Unfortunately for Serra, his disqualification in the long jump and Serra's baton error that wiped out hopes for the Cavaliers' 4x100 relay at the Del Rey League Championships on May 7 at Monrovia High proved costly as the Cavaliers snapped their string of six consecutive Division IV championships by finishing second in the meet with 78 points. Serra finished behind champion Oaks Christian from Westlake Vilalge, which won at 91.5.

The Lions, in fact, recorded a Division IV sweep as its girls won the title with 123 points to 82 for runner-up Inglewood St. Mary's Academy and third place Serra with 61.

Serra, though captured six individual championships in the boys' division, along with its 1,600 relay squad that also included Akinyele Turner, Ronny Hall and Jordan Lasley. Hall had an outstanding meet with two other individual victories in the 200-meter dash (21.62) and the 400 (48.29).

Lasley, who is bound for UCLA on a football scholarship, won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 38.24 and finshed third in the 100 clocking 10.87. Jason Franklin won the shot put with a toss of 57-7.5.

Keying the Lady Cavaliers was sophomore Jeanette Paul, a transfer from Carson who won three CIF-Los Angeles City Section championships as a freshman last year. Paul swept the hurdles winning the 100 (14.24) and the 300 (42.44). She also anchored Serra's 4x400 relay, which also consisted of Gertrude Martin, freshman Jasmin Reed and Kayla Pickens, to a second place finish in 3:47.75.

St. Mary's had a title in the 4x100 with a team of Allanah Hughes, Aliyah Hale and Briana Shufford timing 46.66 to 46.8 for runner-up Serra, which included Madison Golden, Martin, Reed and Pickens.

Senior Sierra Peterson won the 100 with a fine time of 11.73. She also finsihed second in the 200 in 24.14.

Kyra Anderson had a strong all around showing with a second place finsh in the long jump (17-3.25) and thirds in the triple jump (37-5.5) and 100 hurdles (14.54).

Hale was second in the 300 hurdles clocking 43.79, while teammate Alai Divinity (44.97) was third.

For the second straight year, Redondo's girls finsihed second in the CIF-Southern Section Division II Finals by edging third place Santa Ana Mater Dei, 54-53. Winning was Redlands with 67.5 points.

The Sea Hawks, though, swept both relays. It started when their 4x100 squad of Kennedy Hardemion, Kristin Hamlin, Tairyn Montgomery and Anastasia Chiodo nosed out Mater Dei, 47.411 to 47.414, for the title. They finished when their 4x400 team of Breya Wynne, Amber Gore, Zuri Henderson and Anevay Hiehle won at 3:49.36. Both times were school records.

Gore was also second in the 800 clocking 2:10.76, followed by Hiehle (2:11.21).

Redondo's boys ended up in fourth place with 32 points. Winning was Mater Dei (65), followed by runner-up Irvine Woodbridge (49) and third place Mission Viejo (34).

The Sea Hawks enjoyed one of the school's best 1,600-meter times ever by senior Dustin Herold in 4:10.29 for a third place finish. Herold hopes to chase the school record time of 4:09.4 set by his head coach Bob Leetch from 1980 at Friday's Masters and advance to the California State Championships on June 6-7 at Buchanan High's Memorial Stadium in Clovis.

Carlos Suarez finsihed third in the 3,200 timing 9:15.56, his personal best.

Mira Costa had a Division II championship by Shante Robinson in the girls' 300 hurdles at 42.58. Jasmine Bass from North Torrance won the Division II girls' triple jump at 40-7.75. It was the first time Bass broke the 40-foot barrier.

The Southern Section Masters Championships at Cerritos College begin on Friday at 4 p.m. with the field events and 6 p.m. with the running events.

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