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THE TIMES 1997 SPRING ALL-COUNTY TEAMS

All-county Girls' Track And Field

June 14, 1997

JACKIE DIX

100, 200 meters

Woodbridge, Sr.

She set the county 100 record at 11.99 seconds and also ran a wind-aided 11.84. Won four events at the Southern Section Division II finals. Her top 200 time was a wind-aided 24.27.

ASHLEY BETHEL

100-meter high hurdles, long jump

Mission Viejo, Jr.

Perhaps the county's best all-around performer. She competed in three events at the state meet, finishing fourth in the high hurdles, seventh in the long jump and eighth in the high jump.

GEORGE VARVAS

Coach

Woodbridge

Warriors finished second in state in Division II and individually he was responsible for the growth of sprinter Jackie Dix, whose times improved each year.

RAVEN HEBERT

400 meters

Santa Ana Valley, So.

What's hard to believe about Hebert's performance this season is that she still has two years left and should improve on her 56.47 clocking, best in the county.

SUMMER SHAW

800 meters

Huntington Beach, Sr.

The Sunset League champion ran an excellent race in state qualifying, but just missed advancing for the finals. Her 2:12.03 was best in the county.

KATIE NUANES

1,600 meters

Santa Margarita, Sr.

She posted a 4:55.96 midway through the season and it stood as the county's best. Finished sixth at the Masters Meet.

ALLYSON MARQUAND

3,200 meters

University, So.

With two years left, she should improve upon her county-best time of 10:39.17. Qualified for state finals but didn't advance out of her heat.

SUNNY NICHOLAS

300-meter low hurdles

Sunny Hills, Jr.

She used a 44.58 at the Masters Meet to qualify for the state meet, and nearly made it to the finals. Her county-best time was a wind-aided 44.25.

TAYYIBA HANEEF

High jump

Laguna Hills, Sr.

Never really pushed, she won at 5-9 over a very weak field to become the state champion in Sacramento. Went as high as 5-10 1/2 this season.

M.E. CLAYTON

Triple jump

Newport Harbor, Sr.

Clayton finished second at the Division II qualifying, and went on to qualify for the Masters meet. Had the county's best mark: 37-4 1/4.

SARAH HIGHAM

Pole vault

Mission Viejo, So.

She set a Division II record, clearing 11-9 in section qualifying and won the Division II title at 11-6. She also placed fifth in the state, clearing 11-4.

CARRIE AXTON

Discus

Los Amigos, Sr.

She unleashed a county-best throw of 147-8 midway through the season and eventually finished seventh at the state meet with a toss of 143-9.

JENNY SHUTT

Shotput

Edison, Sr.

When most of the county's best graduated in 1996, Shutt stepped up to become the leader of the pack, throwing 41-7 and advancing to the state prelims.

MERYL STONE (So.), ALEJANDRA TORRES (Sr.), JANELLE LOUDAT (Fr.), JACKIE DIX (Sr.)

400-meter relay

Woodbridge

Had the best time of any team in the county. Clocked at 47.40. Dix was the best at coming from behind, as she did at the state meet to get the Warriors into a seventh-place tie.

ALEJANDRA TORRES (Sr.), MEGAN McQUAID (Sr.), MERYL STONE (So.), JACKIE DIX (Sr.)

1,600-meter relay

Woodbridge

Dix, who was named the Sea View League meet MVP, made this team go, and it won the event at the league meet and turned in the county's best time: 3:52.19.

THE SECOND TEAM

100

Meryl Stone

Woodbridge

So.

Time: 12.16w. Finished third at section Division II finals.

*

200

Meryl Stone

Woodbridge

So.

Time: 24.27. Also ran legs on 400- and 1,600-relay teams.

*

400

Alejandra Torres

Woodbridge

Sr.

Time: 56.64. Also ran a leg on the 1,600-relay team.

*

800

Liz Morse

Corona del Mar

Fr.

Time: 2:13.38. Won section Division II title, was eighth at state.

*

1,600

Mary Moore

Woodbridge

Jr.

Time: 5:06.94. Finished eighth at state meet.

*

3,200

Allyson Marquand

University

So.

Time: 10:39.17. Finished seventh at state finals.

*

100 high hurdles

Amanda Shanklin

Santa Margarita

So.

Time: 14.3. Won event at Sea View League meet.

*

300 low hurdles

Amanda Shanklin

Santa Margarita

So.

Time: 44.34. Won event at league meet, named meet's most valuable runner.

*

400 relay

Santa Ana Valley

Time: 48.49. Carolina Para (Sr.), Raven Hebert (So.), Nikki Attrix (So.), Shay Ray (Fr.). They beat Capistrano Valley (48.86) and Brea Olinda (49.1) for second-fastest time in the county.

*

1,600 relay

Sunny Hills

Time: 3:58.38. Megan Bagdonis (Jr.), Misty Weed (Jr.), Joanna Evans (Jr.), Sunny Nicholas (Jr.). The Lancer runners turned in their best time when they finished fifth in the section Division III finals.

*

High jump

April Ross

Newport Harbor

Fr.

Height: 5-6. In Cinderella season, she advanced to state finals.

*

Long jump

Julie Steele

Troy

Sr.

Length: 18-6 1/2. Best jump earned second in section Division III.

*

Triple jump

Amanda Shanklin

Santa Margarita

So.

Length: 37-2. Won event at Sea View League meet; considered one of the best runner-jumpers.

*

Pole vault

Katie Rorem

Marina

Sr.

Height: 11-6. Advanced to the state finals.

*

Shotput

Leslie Hoyler

Whittier Christian

Jr.

Distance: 39-5. Qualified for the Masters Meet.

*

Discus

Melissa Price

Loara

Sr.

Distance: 134-8. Was the alternate at state finals.

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