Carson, Cabral top performers at Golden West

By: Matt Long
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Many of the top high school track and field athletes from across the United States competed in the 52nd annual Golden West Invitational held at Prairie City Stadium on Saturday. Hannah Carson of Chandler, Arizona, set a meet record in the girls’ javelin, while Johnathan Cabral nearly set two national marks in the 110- and 300-meter hurdle races. Carson won the girls’ javelin with a throw of 168 feet, 2 inches, showing she was clearly the class of the field by throwing nearly 31 feet further than the second-place finisher. Cabral, from Agoura, Ca. won the 110 hurdles in 13.41 seconds, just missing the meet record of 13.40 and not far from the national mark of 13.30. Cabral, who won the state championship in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles a week earlier, beat out Florida’s Arti Burns, who placed third in 13.84. Burns entered the meet as the top-ranked high school high-hurdler in the U.S. Jonathan Jones ran second at 13.8. “If we hadn’t had the wind, we would have had a national record in the 110 hurdles,” Meet Director John Mansoor said. “He (Cabral) ran very well in both hurdles races in spite of the wind.” Cabral also won the 300 hurdles in impressive fashion, finishing in 35.76, a tenth of a second off the meet record set in 2002. Burns took second in 36.6. North Carolina’s Tori Tillman also had a great meet, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Tillman, who’s ranked first nationally in the 200 meters, won in 21.4 seconds, while winning the 100 meters in 10.63. Drevian Young from Texas, who just completed his sophomore year of high school, was true to his No. 1 ranking in the 400 meters by winning the event in 47.3. Oak Ridge High had two athletes compete in the meet. Matt Redden placed tied for third in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6 feet. Jessica Emde placed tenth in the girls’ high jump by clearing 4’11”. Folsom High also had two participants in the meet. Jessica Gannon had a great day by finishing fourth in the high jump at 5’3”. “Jessica came in as the sixth seed with six other girls and nearly had a personal-best jump,” Folsom coach Dave Gregson said. “She leaves Folsom High as the second-best high jumper in the school’s history, a member of the school-record holding 1,600-meter relay team, the sixth-fastest girl in the 200 (in her one and only attempt at it), a member of the third-best 400-meter relay team (just 0.1 off the school record) and a member of school record sprint medley relay team.” Gannon will compete at the University of Nevada Reno next season. Derek Woodard also competed for Folsom High. Woodard ran eighth in the 800 meters, equaling his best time of 1:59, despite the windy conditions. He will run at American River College next year. “Derek leaves a legacy as Folsom’s fourth-best in the 1,500 and seventh-best in the 800 and the mile,” Gregson said. “Other than the wind I thought the meet went very well,” Mansoor said “We had 350 kids which is similar to the number we had last year and they were from all over the United States so the representation was good. All in all it went very well.”