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Locals move on to Masters

NORWALK • Silverado senior Shawna Fermin qualified to the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet in both the 400 meters and long jump at the divisional finals Saturday at Cerritos College.

Fermin had to run on the far outside lane because she qualified eighth in the divisional preliminaries last Saturday. Fermin was suffering from a stomach virus and throwing up at the prelims.

“She was just really sick,” said Fermin’s coach, Tyrone Dames. “It was kind of scary because you picked wrong time to get sick. ... She risked not advancing (to the finals) because she willed herself to do all events for the team. That’s a true star right there.”

But Fermin still ran her personal-best time of 55.46 seconds in the 400 to take third in Division I and fifth overall at the finals. She’s also advancing to Masters in the long jump as she finished fifth in the division and 12th overall with a mark of 18 feet, 41⁄4 inches.

“She got her focus back,” Dames said. “That was beautiful to see. She had a lot of fun today. I’m very, very happy with how it turned out today.”

The top nine performers in each track event at the finals, regardless of division, advance to Masters, which will be held on Friday at Cerritos College. The top 12 will advance in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and all field events.

Arielle Stevenson, a Victor Valley sophomore, ran the Division I 800 in 2 minutes, 16.72 seconds for seventh place in her division and became the first alternate. Sultana’s Auzsane Carter-Crowe took third in Division II with 2:18.23.

Serrano senior Jamaal Franklin cleared 6-foot-5 in the high jump to earn an alternate spot at Masters, Serrano coach Ken Quinn said. Granite Hills’ Larry Roberson also cleared 6-5 to get third place in Division II and earn an alternate spot.

Hesperia junior K’dayle Robinson finished seventh in the Division I triple jump (45-21⁄2), getting the second alternate spot.

Granite Hills’ senior pole vaulter Thea Weiss was third in Division II and became the 10th qualifier with a mark of 11 feet.

Barstow senior Isaac Chavez ran 9:06.59 in the Division III 3,200 for second place, and Daniel Rosales — who broke Apple Valley’s school record with 9:13.42 — came in third. Chavez and Rosales both qualified as they finished fourth and 10th overall, respectively. Rim of the World’s Dustin Fay also ran in the same race (9:15.04) and is the first alternate.

Kayla Kovar of Burroughs again dominated throwing events as she won the shot put (42-73⁄4) and took third in the discus (128-3). She was the sixth qualifier in both events. Her teammate Karl Moran broke Burroughs’ school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.38 as he finished second in Division III and fifth overall.

Apple Valley’s Samantha Teofilo competed in the shot put (33-03⁄4) and discus (99-2); Garrett Smith ran his personal best in the 300 hurdles (39.57) to take fifth; Brad Noss ran the 400 (49.69); and Chris Reeves ran the 800 (2:00.97), but none of them advanced to Masters.

In Division IV, the Academy for Academic Excellence’s Clinton Combs threw 124-9 in the discus.


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