The Mission Viejo girls' track and field team lost a South Coast League dual meet for the first time since 1983 when a third-place triple jumper was disqualified for a jewelry violation. The culprit? A beaded pink anklet.
Mission Viejo had just posted an upset victory over visiting Dana Point Dana Hills in the final running event, the 1,600-meter relay, on Wednesday to keep its hopes alive.
Attention turned to the only competition in progress, the triple jump, where Chelsea Rinderspacher recorded a personal-best mark on her final attempt, moving the Diablos into a 68-68 tie. Shortly afterward, Dana Hills Coach Rex Hall alerted Mission Viejo Coach Fred Almond of the jewelry violation.
"He pointed out a string down by her ankle," Almond said.
She was disqualified, resulting in a 69-67 victory for Dana Hills.
"The little girl is absolutely distraught," said Almond, the Diablos' coach since 1981. "I called her at home and told her she really did come through with a great performance."