W. Track & Field: Team places 12th at CCCAA State Championships

Riyanna Jackson ran the second leg of the 1600-meter relay team that came in seventh place
Riyanna Jackson ran the second leg of the 1600-meter relay team that came in seventh place

A state power for over a decade, the Cerritos College women's track and field team had an off year and settled for 12th place at the CCCAA State Championships over the weekend. The Falcons, who won eight state titles from 2006-2019, finished with 23 team points and shared 12th place with San Diego Mesa College. South Coast Conference rival Mt. San Antonio College, who hosted the championships won the state title, with only one other school from the conference finishing ahead of the Falcons.

The top finishers at the state championships for Cerritos were Isis Johnson (Bellflower HS) and Angelina Escobar (Bell Gardens HS). Johnson finished third in the high jump and ran the second leg of the 1600-meter relay team that finished in seventh place. As for Escobar, she qualified in three events and turned in a third place finish in the discus, along with a seventh place in the hammer and came in 11th place in the javelin. Through the first four jumps, Johnson was tied for second place until eventual champion Jolie Robinson of Saddleback College broke that tie with her leap of 5.77 meters, which would win the event. On her sixth, and last attempt, Johnson went 5.62 meters, which wasn't good enough to move up another spot.

Escobar, who earned her seventh place finish in the hammer on Friday, was sitting in third place in the discus with one attempt remaining. Although she turned in her best throw of 42.25 meters, it was almost two feet shy of the second place distance of 42.81 meters by second place finisher Alyssa Logan of College of the Sequoias. Sitting in 11th place in the javelin after three attempts, Escobar was unable to move up into the top nine, which would have earned her three more attempts.

Freshman Jazzmine Davis (El Camino Real Charter HS), who had the state's fastest time in the 110-meter HH at 14.37, dropped to fifth place in the championship race with a clocking of 14.66. The race was extremely tight, with the winning time of 14.55 coming from Mt. SAC's Delayshia Allen. Davis recorded the same time as Long Beach City College's Radiance Lindsey, who was awarded fourth place.

Also competing in three events was freshman Jourdan Murphy (Carson HS), who placed sixth in the triple jump, 11th place in the long jump and ran the first leg of the 1600-meter relay team that posted a seventh place time of 4:08.93. That quartet consisted of Murphy, Johnson, Riyanna Jackson (Mayfair HS) and Charlotte Barrera (El Rancho HS). Murphy would foul on three of her six attempts, with her sixth place distance of 11.17 meters coming on her second attempt. She looked to improve on that mark, but settled for a distance of 11.14 meters on her last try.

Davis, who also qualified in the heptathlon, dropped out before completing the seven events. Freshman teammate Michelle Campos (Warren HS) finished in 11th place with 35.12 points.

Jazzmine Davis 100-Meter HH 14.66 5th Place
Jourdan Murphy, Isis Johnson, Riyanna Jackson, Charlotte Barrera 1600-Meter Relay 4:08.93 7th Place
Isis Johnson Long Jump 5.68 Meters 3rd Place
Jourdan Murphy Long Jump 4.92 Meters 11th Place
Jourdan Murphy Triple Jump 11.17 Meters 6th Place
Angelina Escobar Discus 42.25 Meters 3rd Place
Angelina Escobar Hammer 43.83 Meters 7th Place
Faitalia Ah-Fook Hammer 39.78 Meters 9th Place
Angelina Escobar Javelin 29.85 Meters 11th Place
Michelle Campos Heptathlon 3512 Points 11th Place
Jazzmine Davis Heptathlon DNF  

Photos by Daryl Peterson