Local prep track and field athletes shine at CIF Southern Section Prelims

— The CIF Southern Section Track and Field Prelims took place Saturday, May 7, at four separate locations across Southern California, depending on the Division. Trabuco Hills High School was the setting for Division 1, Division 2 took place at Ventura High School, Division 3 held their meet at Estancia High School, and Carpinteria High School was the Division 4 spot.

Yes, it was only a qualifier. Yes, maybe it was not a time for personal best performances from the best of the best. Yes, maybe some athletes did just enough to advance to the divisional finals, which will be held Saturday, May 14, at Moorpark High School. But that mindset is not what some of the top student track and field athletes from the local area had going into last Saturday, that’s for sure. In fact, most were at the top of their game as several athletes from area schools advanced to the section finals. Highlights from the division preliminary meets were exciting to say the least.

Vista Murrieta’s Aspen Fears and Katie Rodriguez tied for first place in the pole vault (11-3). Division 2 highlights include Murrieta Valley’s Tiger Bachmeier, who tied for first in the pole vault (13-9) and ran a leg on the team’s 400 relay team. Girls’ highlights include Murrieta Valley’s Madyson Negro as she finished first in the pole vault with a mark of 11-9.

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