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St. Anthony Track & Field

CIF Track: St. Anthony’s Small But Mighty Crew Claims Silver

St. Anthony had a small track and field team this year, but head coach Ericka Brooks’ squad made history on Saturday afternoon at the CIF-SS Division 4 track and field finals. The Saints got huge performances from Cal-bound Asjah Atkinson and new CSU Fullerton signee London Lee to grab the silver plaque.

“We knew we weren’t going to be able to counter Oaks Christian (who won the gold by 100 points) but we wanted to make sure we were runner-ups,” said Brooks. “Every athlete that competed brought in points for the team so I couldn’t be happier.”

Atkinson was the obvious favorite in her events, and she cashed it in with wins in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, and the long jump, all of which she won comfortably (with a margin of almost a foot and a half in the long jump).

Lee came up big as well with a championship in the triple jump as well as a silver in the high jump. Atkinson and Lee were joined by Simone Terry and Amari Hunt for a 4×100 that took third place in 48.83.

Atkinson, who has been dealing with nagging injuries for some time, said she was elated with the team performance.

“I haven’t been 100% and I’m bittersweet about this being my final meet with St. Anthony, but the team finish made everything worth it,” she said.

Girls’ 4×100: St. Anthony (Atkinson, Terry, Hunt, Lee, 3rd) 48.83

Girls’ 100 Hurdles: Asjah Atkinson (St. Anthony, 1st) 14.32

Girls’ 100 Hurdles: Amari Hunt (St. Anthony, 9th) 17.16

Girls’ 100: Simone Terry (St. Anthony, 7th) 12.69

Girls’ 300 Hurdles: Asjah Atkinson (St. Anthony, 1st) 45.33

Girls’ 300 Hurdles: Amari Hunt (St. Anthony, 3rd) 47.27

Girls’ 200: Simone Terry (St. Anthony, 6th) 25.98

Girls’ High Jump: London Lee (St. Anthony, 2nd) 5-0

Girls’ Long Jump: Asjah Atkinson (St. Anthony, 1st) 19-2

Girls’ Long Jump: Simone Terry (St. Anthony, 7th) 16-7.75

Girls’ Triple Jump: London Lee (St. Anthony, 1st) 38-0.25

Boys’ 100: Drelonde Johnson (St. Anthony, 8th) 11.25

Boys’ 200: Drelonde Johnson (St. Anthony, 6th) 23.17


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.