Written by John Corona. Photo courtesy of prepcaltrack.com
In the blink of an eye. …In the high school track and field postseason that is the CIF rounds, that’s all it takes. In the blink of an eye, everything you’ve worked for, almost everything the season has been about either becomes reality or goes out the window. In the blink of an eye, you have lived to compete another day or you are going home, your season finished. In what was a hotly competitive 2019 CIF Finals across all four divisions, the King High Wolves found their successes and their disappointments mostly in that blink of the eye.
It was a day where the King Girls 4×100 team of Kayla Seldon, Sheredyn Pfeiffer, Jade Roberts and Raykiyat Olukoju finished third in D-1 with a time of 47.40, only an eyelash ahead of Rancho Cucamonga at 47.43. That time and place gave them a slot in the Master’s Meet next week where the qualifying for the State Meet takes place.
Also earning the opportunity for that final step to Clovis was Reyte Rash. Rash earned a second in the 110 Hurdles with a 14.50 just a blink of an eye over his PR and he also got second in the 300 Hurdles, dropping his new PR and school record to 36.59. The 300’s were billed as the ‘race of the day” as Reyte and his counterpart of Upland High, Caleb Lutalo Roberson battled all the way to the finish. Right at the end, in the blink of an eye, Roberson won the event in 36.35, the fastest time in the nation this year. Reyte’s time was fourth fastest in the nation so far this year. At press time, it appeared that Olukoju had made her way to the Master’s meet in the 200 as she finished 4th in D-1 at 24.60 and appeared to have the 8th best time of the day.
It was also a day where that blink of an eye worked against the Wolves. The Boys 4 X 100 relay made up of Rash, Nick Beam, Kai Sana and Isac Meza recorded a solid time of 42.39 but it would take a sub 42 to get into that final 9 at the Masters. Olukoju ran a fine time of 12.23 in the 100 but it wasn’t good enough to advance. Sheredyn Pfeiffer, battling physical issues, could not get anything going in the long jump. and finished 9th.
It was a day that would end with league rival Roosevelt girls winning the CIF D-1 Championship by two points over longtime power Long Beach Poly; a day where the the Lady Wolves would tie for 16th place in CIF Division 1 and the King Boys would finish tie for 11th. These finishes are in a division that hosts close to 100 schools. As the weeks go on, the competition just gets tougher and as it gets tougher that “blink of the eye” gets even faster.