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Locals set for division finals today

Shawna Fermin has transformed into a sprinter and jumper from a raw athlete this year.

The Silverado senior improved her 400-meter time by more than 2 seconds and long jump record by a little over a foot compared to last season. Fermin said she’s working harder and knows a little more about her events now.

“I learned how to run the 400 this year,” she said. “Before, I just ran. I tried to catch up in the last 100. ... This year, I’m getting a lot of guidance.”

Her 400 time of 55.66 seconds, which she ran at the Arcadia Invitational in April, ranks third among seniors and eighth overall in the state. She also recorded her personal best of 18 feet, 9 inches in the long jump at Arcadia, and that’s eighth in the state among seniors.

Fermin is heading into today’s CIF-Southern Section Division I finals as Silverado’s lone qualifier, but she’ll be joined at Cerritos College by a few other athletes from the High Desert.

In Division I, Hesperia’s K’dayle Robinson competes in the triple jump as he took eighth at the preliminaries, while Serrano’s Jamaal Franklin qualified in the high jump and Arielle Stevenson of Victor Valley will compete in the 800.

Granite Hills sends three athletes to the Division II finals: Larry Roberson, who tied for first in the high jump at the preliminaries; Thea Weiss, who finished second in the pole vault; and Kateline Borchmann, who took third in the high jump.

Auzsane Carter-Crowe qualified from Sultana after finishing ninth in the 800.

Division III has the most High Desert qualifiers led by Apple Valley.

Sun Devils junior Daniel Rosales won the 1,600, and Barstow senior Isaac Chavez, who went to the state championship last year, took the 3,200 title at the Division III preliminaries last Saturday. Rosales also finished fourth in the 3,200. Barstow’s Andrew Romano and Nisha Barrett each earned an alternate spot in the 3,200 and 200.

Rim of the World junior Dustin Faye runs in the 3,200 as the fifth qualifier.

Burroughs’ Kayla Kovar, who took third in the state championship in the discus last year, and Apple Valley’s Samantha Teofilo compete in both the shot put and discus. Teofilo’s teammate Leon Osby is the first alternate in the shot put.

Also from Apple Valley, Brad Noss took seventh in the 400 at the preliminaries, Chris Reeves finished ninth in the 800 and Garrett Smith was seventh in the 300 hurdles to qualify. Burroughs’ Karl Moran qualified to the Division III finals in the 110 hurdles.

Clinton Combs of Academy for Academic Excellence made the Division IV finals in the discus.

The events today begin at 10:30 a.m.


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