Samarra Monrroy
Lakewood Millikan Track & Field

Track: Millikan, Lakewood Sending Three To State After Monrroy Wins Gold

Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Track & Field Masters Meet was an incredible array of next-level talent, as always. Arguably the best performance of the day went to a newcomer, however, as Millikan’s Samarra Monrroy stole the show in the 400.

The freshman not only won Masters gold (the only 9th grader to do so), she also ran a new state-leading time in the quarter mile with a blazing 54.16. Monrroy has been having an excellent debut campaign, and has been proving that she’s here to stay.

Millikan is sending a second athlete to the CIF State meet after the Rams’ Alan Tabales cleared 6-4 in the high jump to take 11th and qualify for a trip to Clovis.

Another up and coming local kid is Cherish Washington of Lakewood. The sophomore didn’t have her best day in the shot put, and ended up finishing eighth with a 39-09.50, putting her just two spots out of qualifying for State. A few hours later, however, she was triumphant with a fifth-place heave of 138-06 in the discus, good enough to punch her ticket to Fresno.

Girls’ 400: Samarra Monrroy (Millikan, 1st, 54.16)

Girls’ Shot Put: Cherish Washington (Lakewood, 8th, 39-09.50), Destiny Okoh (Long Beach Poly, 12th, 36-04)

Girls’ Discus Throw: Cherish Washington (Lakewood, 5th, 138-06)

Boys’ High Jump: Alan Tabales (Millikan, 11th, 6-4)


Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.