Track

Rivalries spur Inland track and field athletes to top marks at Masters Meet

Yucaipa's Asani Hampton wins the 100 meter dash during the CIF-SS Track and Field Masters meet at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
Yucaipa's Asani Hampton wins the 100 meter dash during the CIF-SS Track and Field Masters meet at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

TORRANCE — There nothing like a rivalry to push track and field athletes to perform at their best, especially when those nudges by one competitor gets a little more forceful with every passing week.

The Inland area has a handful of such spirited rivalries this season, none more compelling than the one being waged by sprinters Asani Hampton of Yucaipa and Christian Shakir-Ricks of Murrieta Mesa.

Hampton and Shakir-Ricks squared off at a few invitationals this year, and Hampton always finished a few steps ahead of Shakir-Ricks. After competing in different CIF Southern Section divisions the previous two weeks, Hampton and Shakir-Ricks twice went head-to-head at the section’s Masters Meet.

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