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Seven going to Masters

CdM’s Cummings, Powers happy after breakthrough performances. They’re two of seven locals headed to Masters.

May 22, 2010|By Matt Szabo

NORWALK — Marisa Cummings and Melanie Powers jogged off the track at Cerritos College hurriedly, the biggest grins on their faces.

They ran right to the Corona del Mar High tent set up in the northwest corner of the warm-up area. Seconds later, shrieks of happiness rang through the air as they hugged their teammates.

The Sea Kings seniors were among seven locals who placed well enough at Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Track and Field Divisional Finals to qualify for next Friday’s Masters meet.

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Mater Dei senior Scott Cook, a UCLA-bound Newport Beach resident, won the Division II boys’ pole vault by clearing 15 feet, 6 inches.

“I was pretty pleased with it,” said Cook, ranked second in the state with his personal-best of 16-1 this year. “It’s been great. I’m so happy with the way my senior year has fallen together. It’s pretty crazy.”

Newport Harbor juniors Mark Sakioka and Max Van Bergh both cleared 14-6 in Division II to also advance to Masters.

The top nine track finishers in each division, minus the distance events, moved on to Masters. The top 12 field event finishers, plus distance events, also moved on.

Sailors senior Jake Taylor was fourth in Division II in the shot put (55-10) to qualify sixth for Masters, and CdM senior Jaycee Olsen was fourth in Division III in the girls’ discus (129-06) and qualified seventh for Masters.

For Princeton-bound Cummings and Wake Forest-bound Powers, it was the way they did it in the girls’ 3,200-meter race that elicited all the happiness.

Cummings could have been disappointed after finishing fourth in the Division III girls’ 1,600 meters earlier in the day, not qualifying for the Masters, although her time of 5 minutes, 0.24 seconds was a season-best. Instead, she came through in the 3,200 with a sparkling 10:34.97, second place in Division III and a personal-best by 27 seconds. She passed her teammate on the final back straightaway.

Powers finished third in the division with a 10:36.61, a personal-best by 18 seconds in the rough race. Cummings got spiked twice in the tough race, but she and Powers qualified fourth and fifth, respectively, for Masters.

Cummings thought she’d move on in the 1,600, but Plan B wasn’t so bad. She was only the 20th qualifier across all divisions in the 3,200 preliminaries, yet she moved on to Masters easily.

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