Yelsey, one of five Newport-Mesa athletes poised to advance to next
week's finals in more than one event, was second last spring in the CIF
Division III 1,600 meters. After winning three individual crowns at last
week's Pacific Coast League Finals, he enters today's 1,600 heats with the third-fastest qualifying time (4:25.60). He will also compete in the
3,200, in which he enters with the eighth-fastest qualifying mark
Qualifying times are taken from league finals and, thus, may not be
career or season bests. Nine qualifiers will advance to the Division III
Finals (May 19 at Cerritos College), except the 3,200, which will produce
Cummins, second last year in the Division III 800, posted the top
qualifying mark in that event this year (2:17.38). Brawner, second in
last year's Division III high jump, has the second-best qualifying mark
at this year's prelims (5-4), trailing only PCL champion Sharon Day
(5-6), from Costa Mesa High, the reigning Division III high jump
Day, whose PCL-winning 400 time of 59.98 makes her the fifth-fastest
qualifier, joins CdM senior Diana Hossfeld, CdM junior Julie Allen,
Yelsey and Estancia sophomore Humberto Rojas as threats to advance in
more than one individual event.
Allen, a transfer from Fountain Valley High, has the top qualifying
time in the 1,600 (5:04.11) and 3,200 (11:14.33), having won both events
at PCL Finals. She also qualified second in the 800 (2:17.12).
Hossfeld qualified second in the 1,600 (5:08.24), fourth in the 800
(2:21.71) and fifth in the 3,200 (11:39.55).
Rojas enters with the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the 1,600
(4:28.43) and sixth-fastest in the 800 (1:59.04).
Top local candidates to advance include Estancia senior Liz Huipe
(11:31.31 for second in the 3,200), CdM junior Season Meservey (11:38.92
for fourth in the 3,200), CdM senior Jaycee Mahler (47.12 for sixth in
the 300 hurdles), CdM junior Krisserin Canary (10-0, tied for eighth in
the pole vault), CdM senior Travis Beardslee (9:59.04 for ninth in the
3,200), and the CdM 1,600 relay of Becky and Jenny Cummins, Katherine
Morse and Mahler (4:05.74 for fourth).
The aforementioned relay, with Liz Morse subbing for her sister
Katherine, won the CIF Division III crown to help CdM claim the girls
team championship last year.