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Agoura senior Jonathan Cabral breaks decades-old record at divisional track finals

Oregon-bound star sets a Division 3 record in the 110-meter hurdles and wins the 300 hurdles at the Southern Section championships.

May 21, 2011|Eric Sondheimer

Records that were set in the 110-meter hurdles long before Jonathan Cabral was born keep getting obliterated by the Agoura High senior.

Last year, it was a 35-year-old Marmonte League record that he made disappear, and on a cloudless Saturday afternoon at Cerritos College, the Oregon-bound Cabral blew away a 29-year-old Division 3 record at the Southern Section-Ford presented by Farmers track and field championships.

He ran 13.54 seconds, breaking the old record of 13.65 held by Steve Kerho of Mission Viejo since 1982. And he did it despite hitting his knee hard going over the next-to-last hurdle.

"It kind of injured me, but I still managed to keep my speed up," Cabral said. "It feels extremely good. It shows that all my hard work in the past years — and all the hours my dad, who's my coach, has put in — is paying off."

Cabral's father, John, started his son in the hurdles at age 10.

Cabral also won the 300 hurdles in 37.17. The next record in Cabral's sight is the state record of 13.39 set in 2004 by Kevin Craddock of Union City James Logan.

Two more Division 3 records were established in the 100 and 200 by the defending state champion, Remontay McClain of Covina. He ran 10.31 seconds in the 100, breaking the old record of 10.36 set by Miguel Fletcher of Alemany in 1998. Then he broke another Fletcher record in the 200 with a nation-leading time of 20.68.

"One improvement I've had is my block start is better," McClain said. "That's the key for running real fast times."

McClain was visibly upset when a rival and friend, West Covina's Beejay Lee, was disqualified in the Division 1 100 for a false start. USC-bound Devonte Stewart of Fontana Miller won the Division 1 race in 10.51 and took the 200 in 20.89.

It means McClain should be a heavy favorite at next week's Masters Meet, but it's also a chance for a glimpse into the future, because second place to McClain was sophomore Khalfani Muhammad of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in a career-best 10.57. He's running faster times than Justin Fargas did as a sophomore, and Fargas went on to win the state title for Notre Dame in 1997 as a junior.

"I think it gets me ready for the future," Muhammad said. "I'm racing the state champion."

Another promising sophomore, Vinnie Saucer from Westlake Village Oaks Christian, won the 100 in Division 4 in 10.57, beating USC-bound Marqise Lee of Gardena Serra, and took the 200 in 21.78.

Elias Gedyon of Los Angeles Loyola pulled off the rarest of triples — winning the 800 (1:54.20), 1,600 (4:11.15) and 3,200 (9:00.97) in Division 2. He also ran a leg on Loyola's 1,600-meter relay team and contributed 30 points in helping the Cubs win their fourth consecutive Division 2 team title.

"I don't think there's another athlete that could do what Elias did today," Coach Mike Porterfield said.

Said Gedyon: "I'm pretty tired."

Long Beach Poly's Melia Cox established two national leading marks in winning the Division 1 girls' 100 hurdles in 13.42 and the 300 hurdles in 40.94. Freshman Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley won the Division 1 3,200 in 10:16.99.

Sophomore Jaelen Spencer from Hesperia Sultana recorded the second-best triple jump in state history for a sophomore at 50 feet, 2 inches in winning the Division 2 title.

Vista Murrieta edged Long Beach Poly to win the Division 1 boys' title. Loyola (Division 2), Notre Dame (Division 3) and Gardena Serra (Division 4) also won titles. The girls' team titles went to Long Beach Poly (Division 1), Santa Ana Mater Dei (Division 2), North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake (Division 3) and Serra (Division 4).

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