Six athletes from South Pasadena competed at the CIF-SS Division 3 Track and Field Finals on Saturday, May 20. While none were able to advance to CIF Masters, all gave strong efforts and some set personal records. This was a growing experience for all of the competitors as none were seniors, and the coaches are confident that they will return to finals with even better performances next year.
Junior Cate Latting earned eighth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.12 seconds. In the open 400 meters, sophomore Christina Taylor ran a 57.54, taking sixth place. Freshman Gianna Beasley scratched out of her spot in the open 400 in order to focus on the 800 meters. Beasley had an excellent race, running a 2:17.81 to set a personal record and break the SPHS school record. This was enough to take fifth place, giving Beasley room to improve in the next three years. In the boys’ triple jump, freshman Tianhao Wei jumped 42’4” to place eighth.
The girls’ 4×400 meter relay team of Beasley, Taylor, sophomore Ashley Hugasian, and freshman Corey Segal set a new personal record of 3:55.17 to garner fourth place. Segal stayed close to the front in the first leg of the relay, and Beasley held on in the second leg. When cutting in, she pulled ahead, but still a decent distance behind the top three teams. Hugasian maintained the team’s solid pace, and Taylor anchored, leaning at the line to help ensure a PR. The girls were five seconds behind the third place team, and the top three were all within two seconds of each other.
South Pas looks to continue to improve next season, and the Tigers will undoubtedly remain strong as a majority of the key athletes were underclassmen. The coaches believe that the girls have a decent shot at a team CIF title next year.