Arcadia Girls — Another HS High For Chloe Cunliffe

Chloe Cunliffe had plenty of reason to celebrate on her first attempt at the highest outdoor HS vault ever, 14-8. (BILL LEUNG)

ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA, April 05-06—Competing in the Arcadia Invitational can be the highlight of a prep athlete’s career. There are hundreds of athletes who come from the friendly confines of Southern California, but there are others who travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles for the chance to take part in the best high-school-only meet in the nation before the post-season.

Standout performances are the norm at Arcadia and its showcase event, the 3200, did not disappoint, as the girls joined the boys in posting outdoor-list-leading marks. Conditions were ideal, with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Several other leaders emerged throughout the day, but none were as impressive as the one by vaulter Chloe Cunliffe (West, Seattle), whose 14-8 was more than a foot higher than the runner-up.

Cunliffe, fresh off last month’s indoor 14-9 the “absolute” HS and American Junior Record, passed until the bar reached 13-1 and promptly cleared that on her first attempt. She incurred first-attempt misses at 13-5 and 13-9, but after Paige Sommers’ third miss at 13-9, Cunliffe was ready to soar higher.

It took three attempts for Cunliffe to clear 14-3, but then the Washington State signee needed only one to get over 14-8, setting an outdoor HSR/AJR, bettering Lexi Weeks’s 14-7½ from ’15. She knew it was a good vault when she sailed over the record height and confirmed her delight when she told the LA Times later, “It felt like a good jump; I was like, ‘Oh, I got it. I got it.’” She took three attempts at 15-0, which would put her in the all-time world Junior top 10, but was satisfied with her overall performance. (continues)

Both hurdles saw juniors produce nation-leading times. Leah Phillips (Bullis, Potomac, Maryland) took the 300s in 40.82 and Jasmine Jones (Greater Atlanta Christian, Norcross, Georgia) set a PR for a second consecutive week on the straight with her 13.33. It wasn’t easy, as she was pushed all the way to the wire by Silver Creek’s Jazlynn Shearer, whose 13.36 is =No. 2 nationally.

Defending champ Katelynne Hart’s journey in the 3200 wasn’t nearly as close as Jones’ in the hurdles, as the Glenbard West junior was never challenged from the onset. After a 69.2 opening lap, Hart had a 20m advantage over 10th grader Sydney Thorvaldson (Rawlins, Wyoming) after 2 laps and a 50m gap to the field. Running 74/75 laps, Hart crossed halfway in 4:54 and had a 5-second lead over Thorvaldson and 25 seconds over the rest of the field. With a lap to go, Hart had slowed to 76, but still had a substantial lead over Thorvaldson, who in turn, had a 40m gap over the chase pack. With victory assured, Hart was maintaining her 76-second pace, but closing fast on Thorvaldson was Megan Lowe, gaining ground with every stride. Hart finished in 9:59.56 while Thorvaldson held on gamely to stave off the hard-charging Lowe down the homestretch, 10:12.18–10:12.78.

The sole individual double winner on the day was De’Anna Nowling (Calabasas, California), who won the 100 in 11.54 and the 200 in 23.64 in addition to anchoring her 4×1 squad to victory in 46.07.


ARCADIA GIRLS RESULTS

Arcadia, California, April 04-05—

(4/05—4×2, 4×8, 4×16, 800Med, SpMed, 4x110H)

100(0.7): 1. De’Anna Nowling (Calabasas, Ca) 11.54; 2. Arria Minor (East, Denver) 11.57; 3. Chinyere Okoro (Amador Valley, Pleasanton, Ca) 11.73; 4. Jazmyne Frost (Serra, Gardena, Ca) 11.75.

200 (-0.9): 1. Nowling 23.64; 2. Minor 23.72; 3. Okoro 23.94.

400: 1. *Lily Williams (Grandview, Aurora, Co) 53.97; 2. ***Takiya Cenci (Clovis North, Fresno) 54.86; 3. *Egbe Ndipagbor (Corona) 55.08.

800: 1 *Dominique Mustin (North Canyon, Phoenix) 2:06.01; 2. **Taylor James (Niwot, Co) 2:07.12; 3. *Kate Jendrezak (Eastside, Bellevue, Wa) 2:09.71.

Mile: 1. **Carlee Hansen (Woods Cross, Ut) 4:48.31 (out HSL);

2. **Audrey Suarez (Mayfield, Pasadena) 4:52.08; 3. **Mia Barnett (Village, Sun Valley, Id) 4:53.67; 4. Samanthia Schadler (Rio Rico, NM) 4:56.79; 5. Maggie Liebich (Boise) 4:56.80.

3200: 1. *Katelynne Hart (Glenbard West, Glen Elynn, Il) 9:59.76 <10:03.24> (out HSL);

2. **Sydney Thorvaldson (Rawlins, Wy) 10:12.18 <10:15.74>; 3. Meagen Lowe (Buchanan, Clovis) 10:12.78 <10:16.34>; 4. Kristin Fahy (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad) 10:15.80 <10:19.38>; 5. Abi Archer (Chaparral, Scottsdale, Az) 10:21.21 <10:24.82>; 6. *Corie Smith (Buchanan, Clovis) 10:22.63 <10:26.25>; 7. *Sophia Jacobs-Townsley (Amherst-Pelham, Amherst, Ma) 10:23.66 <10:27.28>;

8. *Tsion Yared (Pine Crest, Ft Lauderdale) 10:24.32 <10:27.95>; 9. Gabrielle Peterson (Healdsburg, Ca) 10:25.15 <10:28.78>.

100H(0.5) 1. *Jazmine Jones (Greater Atlanta, Norcross, Ga) 13.33 (HSL);

2. Jazlynn Shearer (Silver Creek, San José 13.36; 3. **Bella Witt (Calabasas) 13.63; 4. Lauryn Harrris (Bullis, Potomac, Md) 13.89; 5. Myreanna Bebe (Queen Creek, Az) 13.91.

300H: I–1. *Leah Phillips (Bullis) 40.82 (HSL);

2. Anna Hall (Valor, Highlands Ranch, Co) 41.34; 3. *Rachel Glenn (Wilson, Long Beach) 42.51. II–1. **Reese Renz (Liberty, Bakersfield) 42.40.

Relay Events

4 x 100: 1. Calabasas 46.07; 2. Bullis 46.20; 3. Tahoma, Maple Valley, Wa 46.60.

4 x 200: 1. Bullis 1:38.28; 2. Poly 1:39.36; 3. South Lakes, Reston, Va 1:39.42.

4 x 400: 1. Bullis 3:47.14; 2. Poly, Long Beach 3:48.60; 3. Wilson, Long Beach 3:49.36; 4. Roosevelt, Corona, Ca 3:49.43.

4 x 800: 1. Great Oak 9:10.24 (HSL);

2. Mission Viejo 9:11.31; 3. Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, NJ 9:13.96; 4. West, Lees Summit, Mo 9:15.43.

4 x 1600: 1. St. Francis, Sacramento 20:20.82 <20:27.91> (HSL);

2. Great Oak 20:24.83; 3. Buchanan 20:29.63; 4. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 20:49.95.

800Med: 1. Homewood-Flossmoor, Flossmoor, Il 1:45.57; 2. Dana Hills, Dana Point, Ca 1:46.20; 3. Edison, Fresno 1:47.28.

SpMed: 1. Wilson, Long Beach 4:03.06; 2. Scripps Ranch, San Diego 4:03.67; 3. Oaks, Westlake Village 4:03.72.

DisMed: 1. Mission Viejo 11:47.98 (HSL);

2. St. Francis, Sacramento 11:51.90; 3. Great Oak, Temecula 11:55.78; 4. West, Lees Summit, Mo 11:59.23.

4 x 100H: 1. Valor 58.44 (HSL);

2. Upland 60.38; 3. Centennial, Las Vegas 60.46; 4. Union Catholic 61.37.

Field Events

HJ: 1. Jessica Haney (West, Lees Summit) 5-8; 2. Amethyst Harper (Central, Fresno) 5-8; 3. ***Isabella Chilcutt (Bella Vista, Fair Oaks) 5-8. Open HJ: 1.Alysah Hickey (Coronado, Ca) 5-9.

PV: 1. Chloe Cunliffe (West, Seattle) 14-8 (4.47) AJR, outdoor HSR) (old records 14-7½/4.46 Lexi Weeks [Cabot, Ar] ’15) (x, 2 HS) (13-1, 13-5 [2], 13-9 [2], 14-3 [3]), 14-8, 15-0 [xxx]) (3.99, 4.09 [2], 4.19 [2], 4.34 [3], 4.47, 4.57 [xxx]);

2. **Paige Sommers (Westlake, Westlake Village, Ca) 13-5; 3. tie, Elizabeth Funk (Clovis West, Fresno), Isabella Grant (Presentation, San José) & **Ashley Callahan (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) 13-1.

LJ: 1. Alysah Hickey (Coronado) 19-11¼; 2. ***Caelyn Harris (Upland) 19-6½; 3. Ashley Moore (Centennial, Las Vegas) 19-3¾; 4. Alisha Wilson (Tahoma) 19-2¾.

TJ: 1. Shearer 41-3¾; 2. Moore 40-6½; 3. Riley Ammenhauser (Nequa Valley, Naperville, Il) 40-3½; 4. *Maddie Lyon (Woodbridge, Irvine) 40-5½.

SP: 1. Jocelyn Budwig (Fowler, Ca) 46-10½; 2. Matalie Ramirez (West Ranch, Stevenson Ranch) 45-4; 3. **Faith Bender (Liberty, Bakersfield) 45-3.

DT: 1. Budwig 165-2; 2. Bender 163-10; 3. Carly Watts (Terra Nova, Pacifica) 157-4; 4. Aaliyah Soa (Liberty) 156-7; 5. Ramirez 151-1; 6. *Jade Whitfield (Mt Whitney, Visalia) 150-5.

Hept: 1. Jessica Swalve (Westmont, Campbell) 4807 (HSL);

2. ***Bryanna Craig 4791 (Millville, NJ); 3. *Jada Sims (Xavier, Phoenix) 4709.