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Athlete of the Week Jordan Long Beach Poly Long Beach State Millikan Track & Field Wilson’s Athletes of the Week

The562’s Athletes of the Week is sponsored by the Long Beach Century Club.

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week and thanks to the Long Beach Century Club and Naples Rib Company for their support.


Aujane Luckey, Wilson Track & Field

Wilson senior Aujane Luckey proved herself one of the best athletes in California again at the CIF State meet, leading her team to a title with a win in the 400, points in the 200, and a strong leg on the Bruins’ 4×400.

Kaylin Edwards, Wilson Track & Field

Wilson’s Kaylin Edwards is one of the most promising underclassmen in the state, and had a big performance at the CIF State meet. Edwards won the 300 hurdles and ran on both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays that brought home big points for the Bruins.

Xai Ricks, Long Beach Poly Track & Field

Poly junior Xai Ricks made history at the CIF State meet, as the first Californian boy to run in three relays at the State meet. He contributed to Poly’s 4×1 and 4×8 relays as well as to their state title effort in the 4×400. Ricks also finished second in the 400.

Mai Ricks, Long Beach Poly Track & Field

Poly junior Mai Ricks had a sensational season in the throws, and the future is very bright for the underclassmen. She finished third at the CIF State meet, with only one returning athlete finishing higher than her.

Gabe Tyler, Long Beach Poly Track & Field

Poly’s Gabe Tyler made history for the city of Long Beach by competing in four para ambulatory events at the CIF State meet, finishing between fourth and sixth in the 100, 200, 400, and the shot put. He’s the first Long Beach athlete to compete in four para events at the State meet.

Darryll Stevens, Jordan Track & Field

Darryll Stevens won the closest 300 hurdles race in CIF State history, outleaning the competition to grab the gold medal by a scant .003 seconds. Stevens’ title brought his coach onto the track to place a gold crown on his head as a state champion.

Jason Parra, Millikan Track & Field

Millikan junior Jason Parra left it all on the track this year, and he had a phenomenal run at the CIF State meet on Saturday, finishing second in the 3200. Parra will be the top returning athlete in California in the event next year for his senior season.


Kash Powell, Long Beach State Track & Field

Powell ran a school record 1:47.47 in the men’s 800m at the NCAA West Regionals. He finished ninth overall in the event, qualifying him for the NCAA Championships in two weeks.

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.