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Track & Field: CdM quartet, Estancia's Williams-Mensah stand out at prelims

Hurst, Hardy, McGuinness, Parks advance to finals as does Estancia junior sprinter at Division 3 preliminaries.

May 11, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Nick McGuinness clears a height of 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump during the CIF Southern Section Division 3 track & field preliminaries at Jim Scott Stadium on Saturday. He advanced to next week's CIF finals in the event.
Corona del Mar High's Nick McGuinness clears a height… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Matt Hurst, Troy Hardy, Nick McGuinness and Tanner Love hung out at the track and field meet as they always do, together. They weren't going to run together on Saturday, though.

The race that united them on the track was the 4x400-meter relay, an event they were disqualified from last week at the Pacific Coast League finals.

The episode marked the end of the season for one of the best relay teams in Corona del Mar High's history. Not being able to race together again bummed them out.

Hurst said the 4x400 relay, which he anchors, is his favorite race. He's the one who dropped the baton down the stretch, but he had to forget about the misfortune.

Hurst focused on two individual events he could actually run at the CIF Southern Section Division 3 preliminaries at Estancia High. And, boy did he run them well.

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Hurst qualified third in the 400 with a time of 49.90 seconds and ninth in the 200 in 21.91, allowing the junior to advance to the finals in both sprints next week.

Hurst is one of four CdM boys moving on to Mt. San Antonio College. Two of his teammates on the 4x400 relay are as well, albeit in different events.

McGuinness and Hardy qualified in the high jump and 300 hurdles, respectively. McGuinness finished in the top nine with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump and Hardy ran the 300 hurdles in 38.87, good for seventh.

Teddy Parks of CdM made it in the 1,600. He qualified seventh in 4:20.63.

The only other athlete from a Newport-Mesa school making it to the finals is Estancia sprinter Persis Williams-Mensah. She qualified in the girls' 100, placing fourth with a personal-best time of 12.13.

In the running events, nine athletes advanced to the finals, each heat winner, followed by the next fastest times. The top nine in each field event qualified.

Williams-Mensah is returning to the finals in the same event. The junior got off to a fast start in the 100 and claimed her heat.

All week, Williams-Mensah trained in that lane she ran in, No. 7. Estancia Coach Charlie Appell advised her to pull her block away from the starting line, where she usually positions it.

The move worked, as Williams-Mensah exploded off the block.

"Did I expect to win it?" Williams-Mensah said of her heat. "Not with how I was seeded in the heat."

Williams-Mensah said she looked at the fastest time in her heat, a 12.28 by Paso Robles' Samantha Anderson, and used it as a barometer. She easily topped the mark.

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