Track and field preparing for conference championships

Max Perez

Sophomore Juanita Webster has claimed another top mark in the Cerritos Falcons record books during the Long Beach State Invitational with a time of 13.82 seconds in the 100-meter high hurdles.

This is the latest top mark Webster has broken this season. She also has the top mark in the heptathlon and claims a Top-5 mark in four other events.

In the 100-meter HH, high jump, long jump and triple jump Webster is first in the state to go along with holding top heptathlon score and Top-5 marks in three other events statewide.

Director of Track and Field Christopher Richardson said outside of former athlete Alexus Dalton he’s never had an athlete break this many marks.

“We kind of knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of time.”

He added, “I think [Webster] will get the high jump mark too. So, she’ll have the most.”

Originally scheduled to compete at the Mt. San Antonio Relays, the team opted to instead attend the Easter Relays held at Santa Barbara City College.

Richardson said, “We found a more competitive opportunity. I think it prepared us better for our conference championships.”

The women finished second with 151.5 team points, while the men finished fifth with 53 team points.

The women were led by sophomore Skylin Harbin who finished first in the 100-meter HH with a time of a time of 14.65 seconds and the 400-meter IH at 1.05:44 minutes.

Coming off the Cerritos invitational, where Sophomore Crystal Rodriguez captured the fifth longest hammer throw in school history she placed first in the discus with a distance of 44.58 meters.

Rodriguez said, “It’s not over I have to set new goals to reach and keep improving.”

Freshman Amber Hart finished first in the shot put at 12.52 meters.

The men did not have the same success in Santa Barbara, finishing fifth and leaving with no first place finishes.

The highest finish of the day for the men was freshman Jorge Gonzalez’s second place finish in the shot put with a distance of 13.82 meters.

Both teams competed in the Long Beach Invitational, but neither team was able to capture a Top-5 finish in any event competing against four-year schools.

The next event for the teams will be the conference championships held at El Camino College Tuesday and Wednesday.