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HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: Alemany Girls Capture First Div. III Championship

Skylin Harbin wins three events for Warriors, who also sweep both relays

By Erik Boal, Staff Writer Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/18/2013 10:18:41 PM PDT
Updated: 05/19/2013 02:38:36 AM PDT

WALNUT -- In order to construct the blueprint for a Southern Section Div. III title, the Alemany girls track and field team first had to build a shot put ring and rebuild its home facility.

Before having visions of hoisting the division championship plaque, the Warriors took on the challenge of hosting their first on-campus dual meet.

And in an attempt to clear the biggest hurdle in program history, Alemany assembled one of the state's most talented hurdle corps.

Although the Warriors had already wrapped up their first title before the 4 x 400 relay, Skylin Harbin, Brisa Guzman-Sanchez, Chanel Rogers and Summer Buckley delivered the final punctuation mark by winning in 3 minutes, 47.66 seconds at Mount San Antonio College.

Alemany swept both relays, with Nia Britt prevailing in the shot put and Harbin capturing the 100 and 300 hurdles, lifting the Warriors to an 87-67 victory over Mater Dei, with Harvard-Westlake (45) taking third and Notre Dame (42) finishing fourth.

"This is when it counts. They can have the league title, but this is what matters most," Buckley said. "I knew I had to seal the deal in that relay because it's all about the team. They know I'm not going to let them down, that I'm going to give it my all. That's why winning this together means so much."

Notre Dame won in the 4 x 100 (41.27), ahead of Alemany boys relay team who also set a new Alemany school record of (42.16).

Alemany's girls scored in nine events, highlighted by 18 from Harbin (14.25), Leah Lambert (14.67) and Guzman-Sanchez (15.04) in the 100 hurdles and another 17 points from Harbin (42.92), Guzman-Sanchez (43.78) and Buckley (45.86) in the 300 hurdles.

"They push me a lot and that's a big part of why this happened," Harbin said. "We compete in practice and we compete out here, but we love each other and I couldn't have done this without them. Knowing that I PR'd in both, I'm really happy about it. I couldn't sleep last night thinking about this and I was really nervous about defending my (100 hurdles) title, so I'm very proud of what I accomplished and of my teammates for everything they did."

Asia Watts, Asia Island, Alayah Byers and Summer Gilliam won the 4 x 100 relay, edging Notre Dame by a 46.89 to 47.0 margin.

Britt prevailed in the shot put (46-10 1/4), ahead of Notre Dame's Ginika Iwuchukwu (42-10), with Gilliam taking third in the long jump (17-1/4).

"We started something special today. The connections we have on this team are so magical. The feeling of winning the (4 x 400) with my sisters is just incredible," Guzman-Sanchez said. "To be able to do this with no seniors, we put Alemany on the map. We've never won a title before, but we determined to make history and everything came together perfectly."

Although Notre Dame's Donatella Asemota won the 100 in a wind-legal 11.87, Watts took second (11.96), in addition to a fifth-place finish in the 200 (24.94), along with Rogers placing fifth in the 400 (56.72), ahead of Notre Dame's Zana Muno (57.32).

"Everybody said this was the year," Rogers said. "We had a lot to overcome and a lot to fight for, but we all have a lot of heart and we showed that, especially in the relays. This is just a blessing to be part of this experience. I still can't believe that we finally won (a title)."

Alemany's Alex Mikrakis was second in the high jump (6-3), placing fifth in the 110 hurdles was Alemany's John Jay Davison (14.81).

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WARRIORS GOING TO CIF PRELIMS

TRACK AND FIELD: National leaders rule at Mt. SAC Relays

Congratulations to the following Warriors for advancing CIF prelims on Saturday, May 11th at Estancia High School: Nia Britt, Summer Buckley, Alayah Byers, Diab Davis, Dominic Davis, John Davison, Summer Gilliam, Brisa Guzman-Sanchez, Mason Guzman-Sanchez, Skylin Harbin, Asia Island, Leah Lambert, David Long, Alex Mikrakis, Brandon Pierce, Chanel Rogers, Artur Ryabets, and Asia Watts.

by Eric Boal, Los Angeles Daily News Staff Writer 4/20/13
WALNUT - The Warriors won the girls seeded 4 x 100 heat in 47.61 and seeded 4 x 400 heat in 3:51.01. Alemany's Skylin Harbin produced a season-best 43.89 to take seventh in 300 hurdles. Brisa Guzman-Sanchez won first place in the seeded 300 hurdles (44.23) and was fourth in the seeded 100 hurdles (14.71), with teammate Leah Lambert eighth in 14.98 and 10th in the long jump (17-0).

Alemany's Mason Guzman-Sanchez was fifth (14.83) and John Davison (15.24) took eighth in the seeded 110 hurdles.

Alemany's Nia Britt was second in the shot put (49-1/4), and Alemany's Dominic Davis (10.88) took sixth in the 100. Alemany's Asia Watts took sixth in the seeded 200 (25.31) and Alemany's Chanel Rogers took ninth in the girls 400 (58.06), with teammate Summer Buckley sixth in the seeded 400 (57.82).
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