Prep Preview: Baseline League Finals

I’m covering the Baseline League Track & Field Finals today, Friday, May 6, 2016, for the Southern California Newspaper Group (@SoCalNewGroup).

Track events start at 5 p.m., weather permitting, at Rancho Cucamonga High School.

Thunderstorms and rain will be a major concern this evening as a system hustles across the Inland Area. Will the track, not to mention the runways and other playable surfaces, be dry in time?

There’s another thing. It’s a hot, hot coach rumor. Which doesn’t happen often in track, but it doesn’t happen, and this one could be timely.

Boys —
Joseph Anderson, Jr., Upland
— Set the pace in 110 hurdles (14.05) and 300m hurdles (38.96).
Eric Guerrero, Jr., Los Osos — Aims to sweep both shot put and discus.
Alex (Luis) Perez, Sr., Damien — More than a second faster than the field in the 400.
Curtis Price, Sr., Chino Hills — Fastest in both the 100 (10.69) and 200 (21.53) at Prelims.
Jaylon Redd, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga — Only challenger to Price in the 100 and 200.
Michael Solomon, Sr., Los Osos — Best shot at a double in the jumps.

Ezinne Abba, Soph., Etiwanda — Broke 58 seconds in the 400 at Prelims.
Ashley Anumba, Jr., Los Osos — Sure thing to take both shot put and discus finals.
Jalyn Harris, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga — Fastest in the 100 (24.18), second in 200 (58.52).
Jada Hicks, Soph., Upland — Had the fastest time 100 (11.88), 100m hurdles (14.42) at Prelims.
Jacquelyn Hill, Jr., Etiwanda — Two seconds back 800, two seconds in front in 1,600.
Tatyana Pooler, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga — Aims to sweep 100 and 200 in front of home crowd.

Redd will win the 100 out from under Price. Redd was 0.5 seconds behind Price during prelims on Tuesday, but nothing is certain on a day like today.

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