W. Track & Field: Darlena Robinson wins the SoCal Heptathlon Championship

Darlena Robinson stands at the top of the podium as the SoCal Heptathlon Champion
Darlena Robinson stands at the top of the podium as the SoCal Heptathlon Champion

For the fifth year in a row, and sixth in the last seven, a member of the Cerritos College women's track and field team captured the Southern California Heptathlon Championship. On Wednesday, sophomore Darlena Robinson (Schurr HS) held off Orange Coast College's Charlotte Kraushaar on the final event to win the championship, which was held at Cerritos College. Robinson finished with 3937 points, with Kraushaar a close second at 3901 points, and freshman Daila Bell (Carson HS) taking third place with 3784 points.

Darlena Robinson won the SoCal Heptathlon Championship Holding a 75-point lead heading into the final event of the day, Robinson posted a time of 2:42.92 in the 800 meters to earn 540 points, while Kraushaar finished three seconds ahead of her in a time of 2:39.48, which netted her 579 points.

Entering the second day, Robinson (pictured, left) held a slim 16-point lead over Bell, who saw her chance of overtaking Robinson come to an end in the javelin, which was the sixth event of the seven-event competition. Bell was only able to throw the javelin 20.71 meters (67' 11"), which earned her 302 points, while Kraushaar pulled ahead with a 512-point performance on a throw that traveled 31.86 meters (104' 6"). The distance of 27.86 meters (91' 5") earned Robinson 436 points, with just the 800 meters remaining.

On the first day, Robinson didn't post the best marks in any of the four events, but was in the top three in each of them, which allowed her to take the overall lead. She opened the championships with a 100-meter HH time of 15.67, good for 755 points, with Bell leading the group of 14 entries with a time of 15.52. In the shot put, Robinson was second at 9.70 meters (31' 10"), with Bell third at 8.49 meters (27' 10 1/4").

Freshman Keanna Daramola (Warren HS)  also competed and finished in seventh place with 3604 points. Her best event was her 4.86 meter long jump, which led the group and earned her 522 points. Additionally, Daramola did well in the 200 meters, where she tied for the second fastest time of 26.34, good for 765 points.