Mayfield’s elite middle distance runner Audrey Suarez capped a remarkable high school career by winning two gold medals at the CIF South Section Division 4 Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the Carpinteria secondary school.
Suarez set a CIF-SS record in the women’s 1600 meters by winning the event in 4 minutes 45.59 seconds. The previous record was set in 2011 by Katherine Delaney of JSerra (4: 46.82).
Suarez also took first place in the 800 with a season best time of 2: 12.31.
She also won these events in her sophomore year in 2019 and was the state cross country champion. She would go on to become one of the region’s all-time best distance runners.
“I’m really happy with my times (Saturday),” said Suarez, who will continue his running career at Stanford in the fall. “I hit the gaps that my coaches gave me, and the goal was to reach the Division 4 record, which I got. The 800 was a season record, but the plan was just to stay behind someone until the last lap, so it went well too.
Suarez wasn’t the only female athlete from Mayfield to win a medal. Sophomore Sade Falese won silver in the girls’ long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 9.50 inches.
It was also a good day for the La Salle boys’ track team as they won several events. Oshea Foster took first place in the 800 (1: 54.50) and was part of the 4 × 400 relay team (3: 31.54) which included Sean Saito, Thurman Hou and Emile Olgin who held off at Brentwood (3: 33.70 ).
La Salle’s girls 4 × 400 relay team took fourth place (4: 11.13) and Michelle Alger took fourth place in the girls’ triple jump (36-9.25).
Reid Pullens of Maranatha, a junior, won gold in the men’s 400m with a personal best 49.89 seconds. Pullens won the bronze medal in the 200 (22.05). His teammate Finn Andrews won silver in the 100 hurdles (15.34) and 300 hurdles (40.75).
Muir’s Keiayiah Johnston won silver in the women’s long jump (37-5.50) while teammate Brylan Carter was second in discus (114-8).
Julia Endriga of Saint Lucia won the bronze medal in the women’s pole vault (10-0).
At the CIF-SS Division 2 Championships at Moorpark High School, Walnut’s Ricky Trujillo was the region’s only gold medalist. He won the boys pole vault (13-0).
Garren Haynes, a senior, won silver in the boys ‘triple jump (44-0) and teammate Evan Johnson took bronze in the boys’ high jump (6-2).
Glendora’s Ellie Nguyen (5-4) was fourth in the women’s high jump and her teammate Kennedy Johnson was also fourth in the women’s triple jump (37-1).