Congratulations to the girls’ track and field team for securing their fifth consecutive CIF Southern Section Championship this past Saturday
May 15, 2019
TORRANCE, CA. - Congratulations to the girls track and field team for securing their fifth consecutive CIF Southern Section Championship this past Saturday. Senior captain Tessa Green and standout sophomore Lauren Memoly, who combined to win three individual events, led the way for the Eagles by also contributing to both winning relays. Green, the veteran on the roster, capped her last CIF Finals competition by winning her fourth consecutive team title. In addition to the team championship, Green also won the 100 in a time of 12.18, defended her 200 crown with a time of 24.50, anchored the winning 4x100 team (47.80), and ran the third leg on the winning 4x400 team (3:52.27). The relays were made up of Olivia Guida, Memoly, Makena Eddy and Green for the 4x100; Sophia Morris, McKenna Bradley, Green and Memoly in the 4x400.
Memoly’s started with the first event of the day, where she placed 2nd in the long jump with her mark of 18’06.25”. Following the long jump, she ran the second leg on the aforementioned 4x100 team, before earning her first individual CIF title in winning the 400 with a new personal best and school record mark of 55.33. She ended her day by anchoring the winning 4x400 team in come from behind fashion to put an exclamation mark on the day.
The Eagles garnered points all over the track as well as the field. The junior hurdle tandem of Morris and Jessica Elizalde-Rendon placed 3rd and 6th in the 300-hurdles with times of 45.98 and 47.26. The sophomore 800-meter duo of Kendall Saeger and Bradley placed 5th and 6th with lifetime bests for both, 2:16.83 and 2:17.39. Saeger’s impressive 800-meter performance comes after an untimely fall earlier in the day, where she tripped up and went down in the 1600 with 600 meters remaining in the race. Despite her fall, she would get up to finish 8th place in a time of 5:12.04, earning a point for the team.
The Eagle field athletes brought their A-game at the right time. In addition to Memoly’s 2nd place finish in the long jump, sophomore Nathalie Barnes placed 2nd in the pole vault with a clearance of 10’00,” and junior Erin Biddiscombe leaped to a new lifetime best in the triple jump, placing 3rd with a jump of 36’00.25”.
The Eagles outdistanced 2nd place, Trinity League foe Orange Lutheran by a score of 89-54, followed by Harvard-Westlake (46), Notre Dame (38), Monrovia (28.5), and Yorba Linda (26). This championship marks the 70th CIF Championship in school history.
In all, the Eagles will be sending both relays to Masters, as well as Green in the 100 and 200 and Memoly in the 400 and long jump. Coach Sean Zeitler '01 becomes the first Santa Margarita alumni to coach an Eagle program to a CIF Championship.
Next Up: CIF-SS Masters Meet Saturday, May 18 at 1:00pm at El Camino College. Top six finishers and those that meet the At-Large standards will advance to the 101st California State Meet at Buchanan High School on May 24/25.
Click Here for Video Highlights of the Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7DnjGEgVZ4