June 16, 2007


100 - Ebony Collins, Los Angeles Locke, Sr.

After missing much of the regular season while waiting to become eligible after transferring from Long Beach Wilson, the three-time individual state champion did not have time to get into top shape, but she was still fast enough to win City Section titles in the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles and finish fifth in state in the 100 in 11.63 seconds.

200 - Jessica Davis, Palmdale Highland, Fr.

The most consistent one-turn sprinter in the Southland, Davis finished runner-up at the Southern Section Division I finals, won at the Masters meet to become the first freshman from the school to qualify for the state finals. A sprinter to watch the next three years, she finished fifth in state in a wind-aided 23.96.

400 - Jasmine Joseph, Long Beach Poly, So.

Unbeaten in the postseason and has the third-fastest time in the nation after winning the state title in 53.15. She made her case as the favorite by winning at the Arcadia Invitational in early April in 53.48, then the fastest outdoor time in the nation. She held off teammate Turqouise Thompson to win a section Division I title, then took first at Masters.

800 - Emily Dunn, Anaheim Esperanza, Sr.

A runner-up finish at Arcadia motivated Dunn to race harder and she came through with section Division I and Masters titles, both of which lowered the nation-leading time in the event. She held the lead at the state final until the last 40 meters, when she was passed by Dominique Jackson of Fairfield and finished second in 2:06.78. She finished with the third-fastest time in the nation.

1,600 - Christine Babcock, Irvine Woodbridge, Jr.

Ran the second-fastest time ever by a high school girl in the U.S. while defending her state title in 4:38.85. Won in 4:42.42 at the section Division II final, then added a victory in the 3,200 in 10:15.54 and a 57-second leg on the 1,600-meter relay team that finished second.

3,200 - Anna Sperry, Simi Valley, Sr.

A true workhorse, Sperry pulled off the most impressive distance double at the state championships, finishing second to Babcock in the 1,600 in 4:42.52 and returning a few hours later to finish third in the 3,200 in 10:28.75. She ran as fast as 10:17 while chasing Babcock to the finish line in the section Division II final, giving her one of the top six times in the nation in both events.

100 hurdles - Ebony Collins, Locke, Sr.

Broke a nine-year meet record at the City Section championships and emerged from the state championships as the Southland's top hurdler, finishing fifth in 13.85, the 15th-fastest outdoor time in the nation this spring.

300 hurdles - Kiani Profit, Pasadena Muir, Sr.

A four-time state qualifier, Profit closed out her career with a solid third-place finish at the state finals in 42.78. She won the Masters title a week earlier in 42.17, the 14th-fastest time in the nation this year, and ran the top time of 42.35 at the section finals, good for a Division III title.

400 relay - Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (Precious Watkins, Sr.; Brittany Bozeman, So.; Jessika Hornsby, Sr.; Alicia King, Sr.)

Took advantage of injuries to Long Beach Poly to win the one-lap relay at both the Masters and state finals, posting identical times of 45.74, the second-fastest time in the nation. A healthy Poly squad edged Rancho Verde at the section Division I final with the nation's fastest time of 45.58.

1,600 relay - Long Beach Poly (Leah Richmond, Sr.; Tanisha Hawkins, Jr.; Erica Winston, Fr.; Jasmine Joseph, So.)

Lost their second-best one-lap runner when Turquoise Thompson injured her hamstring at the section Division I final, but the Jackrabbits showed their depth by winning section and Masters titles before a lane infraction erased a victory at the state finals. With Thompson in the lineup, they produced nation's second-fastest time of 3:41.17.

High jump - Ashley Smith, Long Beach Millikan, Fr.

Another athlete to keep an eye on the next three years, Smith tied for second at the state finals with a leap of 5 feet 9 inches. She cleared that same height to win a section Division I title and was the top qualifier at the Masters meet after clearing 5-8.

Long jump - Karyn Dunn, Pomona Diamond Ranch, So.

One of the top age-group jumpers in the nation hasn't fallen off at the high school level. Dunn jumped a wind-aided 19-11 1/2 to finish fourth in a talented field at the state championships. She won at Masters with a jump of 19-1 1/2 and at the Division III finals at 18-8 1/2 , the top mark at the section meet. Dunn finished with the fifth-best legal jump in the U.S. and second-best wind-aided mark.

Triple jump - Whitney Liehr, Palos Verdes, Sr.

One of the top up-and-coming heptathletes in the nation, Liehr finished sixth in the state in the triple jump at 40-2 1/4 . She was also fourth at Masters and won the section Division III title. She had the 12th-best mark in the nation. Liehr, who signed with Stanford, also finished ninth in the state in the long jump.

Shotput - Hilary Fraser, Lake Forest El Toro, Sr.

A model of consistency, she finished third in the state at 44-11, won a Masters title at 44-3 1/2 and a section Division II title at 44-0 3/4 . And the shotput wasn't even her best event. Signed with Colorado State.

Discus - Hilary Fraser, El Toro, Sr.

Accomplished her season-long goal of winning a state title in the discus, throwing 159-7 at Sacramento City College, a personal best and the eighth-best mark in the nation this spring. Also won Masters and section Division II titles.

Pole vault - Allison Stokke, Newport Harbor, Sr.

Owned the second-best mark in the nation at 13-7. Won a section Division II title at 12-0 and finished first at Masters at 13-3 1/2 , but faltered under increased scrutiny at state, where she tied for fourth at 12-4. Signed with California.

Coach of the year - Bill Sumner, Corona del Mar

The Sea Kings had four runners finish in under five minutes in the same 1,600-meter race, a first in the U.S. at the high school level. Their depth in the distance events helped them win their third consecutive section Division III title.



100 - Yasmin Woodruff, Inglewood St. Mary's, Jr.

200 - Jessika Hornsby, Rancho Verde, Sr.

400 - Brianna Atkins, La Verne Bonita, Jr.

800 - Anja Disiena, Fountain Valley, Jr.

1,600 - Anna Sperry, Simi Valley, Sr.

3,200 - Christine Babcock, Woodbridge, Jr.

100 hurdles - Gina Deckard, Culver City, Sr.

300 hurdles - April Pate, Rialto Carter, Jr.

400 relays - Long Beach Poly (Ashley Woodford, So.; Jasmine Joseph, So.; Erin Reid, Jr.; Distiny Cammage, So.)

1,600 relays - Compton Centennial (Gwen Flowers, So.; Keshwana Fisher, So.; Tynisha Brown, So.; Chelsea Davis, Sr.)

High jump - Camilla Dencer, West Hills West Valley Christian, Jr.

Long jump - Eva Mueggenburg, Apple Valley Granite Hills, Jr.

Triple jump - Amanda Hunter, L.A. Marlborough, Jr.

Shotput - Whitney Ashley, Riverside North, Sr.

Discus - Kayla Kovar, Ridgecrest Burroughs, So.

Pole vault - Katelyn Brighton, Los Alamitos, Sr.