W. Track & Field: Several athletes performing well this summer

Michaela Banyi (far right) came in 3rd Place in the heptathlon at the U20 Canada Cup Championships
Michaela Banyi (far right) came in 3rd Place in the heptathlon at the U20 Canada Cup Championships

After helping lead the Cerritos College women's track and field team to their third straight CCCAA State Championship, including a state record 149.5 team points, several members have continued competing this summer. Those that have been competing in the heptathlon include Juanita Webster-Freeman (NACAC Canada Cup seniors), Michael Banyi and Amani Briggs (Canada Cup U20) and thrower Amber Hart (USATF Junior Olympics). The NACAC Canada Cup took place in Ottawa, Canada.

Juanita Webster placed fourth at the Canada Cup in the heptathlon NACAC Canada Cup - Webster-Freeman, who won a pair of state championships in the heptathlon and accounted for 48 team points, placed fourth out of 17 entries in the senior division and set a personal record with 5607 points, which also included a personal record in the high jump when she cleared 1.79 meters, which was the best in the field. She posted the second best 100-meter HH with a time of 13.90 and was leading the field after the first day.

As for Banyi, she compiled 4382 points to earn the Bronze Medal, while Briggs finished in fifth place out of the nine entries with 3905 points. Banyi recorded a personal best point total of 4491 to place third a the CCCAA State Championships, and turned in the second best result at the Canada Cup in the shot put (10.43 meters) and javelin (34.97 meters). Briggs, who placed fifth at the CCCAA State Championships, posted the second best long jump at the Canada Cup with a distance of 5.13 meters.

Complete NACAC Canada Cup Results

Junior Olympics - Hart, the CCCAA state champion in the shot put, qualified for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships, which will take place in Larence, KS on July 24-30. She advanced after her performances in the Southern California Association qualifying meet and then in the Regional Championships in San Diego. In the qualifiers, Hart won the hammer (49.19 meters) and discus (41.01 meters), while placing second in the shot put (13.38 meters). She carried that over the the regionals, where she won all three events, with distances of 13.32 meters in the shot put, 44.72 meters in the discus and 45.32 meters in the hammer. Her marks in both the hammer and discus are personal best.

The 51st USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will be held at Rock Chalk Park, the home of Kansas Track and Field, in Lawrence, Kansas. The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field program is one of the most visible youth athletic development programs in the world. Many of today's Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF's Junior Olympic meets.