CLOVIS – The Quartz Hill High School girls 4×400-meter relay team did it again.
Senior Shilah Bedingfield, junior Alonna Johnson and freshmen Iman Babineaux and Janae O’Neal broke their own school record in the relay with a time of 3 minutes, 46.66 seconds, and advanced to the CIF State Track and Field finals today at Buchanan High School.
Last week at Masters, the team broke its self-set record with a 3:48.07. On Friday, the girls beat that time by about a second and a half, and finished second overall.
“It’s a great feeling to come back and do that again,” Johnson said.
The team was in disbelief at their time after all four girls stood together looking at the results board for their times. Bedingfield kept repeating the time out loud.
The team finished first in its heat by only one-hundredth of a second. O’Neal managed to hold her lead on Friday whereas at Masters, she was overtaken at the last second.
“Painful,” O’Neal said when asked what the final stretch felt like. “Your legs be so through at the end.”
Although the Quartz Hill girls put forth yet another record-breaking performance, they still think there’s room for improvement.
“Every meet we’re getting faster,” Bedingfield said. “So I’m gonna say we’re gonna be faster (today).”
Added Johnson: “We keep surprising ourselves. Anything is possible.”
Antelope Valley High School senior Tyrese Dedmon advanced to the finals in the triple jump. For him, the third time was the charm.
Of all the triple jumpers the CIF State Track and Field Prelims on Friday at Buchanan High School, Dedmon participated in the third flight. While he waited, he lounged under a large umbrella until it it was time to warm up.
When his flight was up, he had three attempts to make a distance long enough to advance to today’s State Finals. His first two jumps weren’t up to par – 44 feet, 11 1/4 inches and 44-7, respectively.
But before his third and final jump, Dedmon’s coach told him to hold the first phase of his jump. As Dedmon accelerated toward the board, he thought about the words of his coach.
Then he leapt. And when he came down in the sand, he punched his ticket to the CIF State Track and Field Finals today with a fourth-overall jump of 47-2 3/4.
“I feel good going into (today),” Dedmon said. “I know what I could work on.”
Desert High School sophomore Asia Mallory finished 13th and 25th in the long jump and triple jump, respectively.
Malloy’s long jump of 18-1 3/4 was less than 4 inches away from advancing to today’s State Finals. Her triple jump of 36-9 was last among all competitors in the prelims.