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Track and Field: DeBrouwer, Relay Team Reach Podium at CIF State Meet

By Charles Matarese
Special to the Outlook Valley Sun

Hundreds of athletes came together at Buchanan High School in Clovis looking to finish off their seasons on a high note at the 104th CIF State Track & Field Championships on May 25.
Among the best of the best competitors across the state were a handful of track and field athletes from La Cañada High who made their return to Fresno in search of a state title.
The Spartans’ track and field season concluded over the weekend at the state meet, which was highlighted by six of their athletes competing against the top athletes in California.
Four-time Rio Hondo League girls’ track and field champion La Cañada was led by a fourth-place finish from Maya DeBrouwer in the 3,200-meter race.
DeBrouwer grabbed a podium finish with a time of 10 minutes, 9.23 seconds. The junior advanced to the state competition following a qualifying time of 10:23.19 at the CIF Masters Meet on May 18. Jaelyn Williams, a sophomore from East Lake High of the CIF San Diego Section, captured the state crown in the race with a finish of 9:57.11.
Harvard-bound senior Katelyn Matarese of La Cañada, meanwhile, capped her high school career with a 2:14.23 finish in the 800 meters to place 11th.
Matarese teamed up with sophomore Samantha Hosford and juniors Katie McGuinness and Sarina Parks in the 4×400 relay race to clinch a sixth-place podium finish in 3:50.25.
McGuinness showed her grit and determination by rebounding from a subpar performance in the long jump with the fastest relay split on the team. Hosford continued to show her potential — despite fully training with the team for only two months — with an outstanding leg to set up newly minted 400-meter school record holder Parks’ anchor leg. Parks moved the team up from eighth to sixth in the last 100 meters to give La Cañada its highest relay finish ever at the state meet.
Coach Pete McGill said he “always dreamed a La Cañada 4×400 team could medal at the state championship” but that he “never believed it could happen until this year.”
In the field events, Emory University-bound senior Erin Makhanian, who captured a Southern Section crown in the pole vault, finished in a three-way tie for 10th in the prelims of the state competition with a mark of 11 feet, 9 inches.
McGuiness also reached the prelims of the state meet in the girls’ long jump and finished 22nd in the flight with a mark of 16-11¼.
The six girls who competed at the state meet will look to improve on what has already been La Cañada’s best track season ever when they all make the trip to world-renowned Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, to compete in the High School National Championship from June 12-15.

Golden Knights senior Sam Franco was the lone athlete from St. Francis to compete at the state meet. Franco concluded his high school career in the boys’ 3,200-meter race, coming in 15th with a time of 8:55.82.

— Vincent Nguyen contributed to this report.

First published in the May 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.


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