Poly and Wilson aren’t the only Long Beach programs on the rise. Ericka Brooks’ St. Anthony squad has a shot at the CIF-SS lower division championship thanks in large part to sophomore Asjah Atkinson, the state’s top returning 10th grader in the 100 meter hurdles , where she made it to the state finals in 2018. Last year, the Saints finished fifth in their CIF-SS division, which Brooks expects to improve this year.
“It’s a bit of a change, in previous years we’ve had a bigger boys’ team, but it’s shifted this year with diverse talent in our girls’ program,” said Brooks.
In addition to Atkinson, junior Aniya Terry will compete in multiple events including throws, sprints, and jumps.
On the boys’ side, senior thrower Anthony Rivera and junior sprinter Devante Pollard will lead the way.