Girls Athlete of the Week

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Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from May 15 to May 20, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, May 26.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Tara Davis

The Georgia recruit had a day for the ages. Davis captured three CIF Southern Section Division 2 crowns on her 18th birthday, giving her nine in her storied career to tie her with Marion Jones for the most all-time. She set an all-conditions CIF record in the long jump in 22 feet, 3 3/4 inches, set the Division 4 record in the 100 hurdles in 13.76 into a strong headwind to surpass Joannna Hayes’ 1995 mark and also won the long jump title with a 39-11 mark into a strong headwind. She capped the night by taking a helicopter to prom in Santa Barbara.

Trinity Ruelas
Bishop Amat

The Amat senior had a spectacular day at the CIF Southern Section Division 3 track and field championships, sweeping the distance events in winning the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races. Ruelas won the 1,600 by more than five seconds, winning in 4:59 flat. Her winning time of 10:39.00 in the 3,200 meters also was the third fastest time of the day, a big accomplishment considering it how difficult it is to double in the tiring distance events.

Shane Smith
Long Beach Poly

Smith won the triple jump (38 feet, 4 3/4 inches), took second in the long jump (17-9 1/4) and finished fifth in the 100 (12.21) to help the Jackrabbits win their 20th CIF championship at Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Division 1 track and field finals at Cerritos College. The Jackrabbits defeated Great Oak by four points, 56-52 and it was the school’s ninth championship in 10 years.

Alexia Silvas

The junior pitcher went 2-0 last week, notching complete-game efforts in playoff victories. Silvas struck out 12, scattered 11 hits and allowed two runs in 14 innings. She went 4 for 8 at the plate and scored three runs as Fullerton defeated Long Beach Poly and upset the top seed in Division 3, Newbury Park. The Indians will be at Peninsula in a second-round game Tuesday.

Cindy Robles
San Pedro

Robles overcame a 102-degree fever the night before Saturday’s CIF L.A. City Section Division I final and then gutted through a four-hitter with three strikeouts to lead San Pedro to a 2-1 win over Banning. It was San Pedro’s first City title since 2009 and 17th overall. Earlier in the week, she threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a quarterfinal win over Carson, and a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a semifinal win over San Fernando.

Liberty Gilbert

Gilbert made the podium in three events Saturday in her first CIF-State Swimming Championships at Clovis West High School, placing third in the 200 freestyle (1:48.13) and sixth in the 100 backstroke. She also placed sixith with the Pumas’ 400-freestyle relay team (3:25.71).

Ana Tovi
San Gorgonio

Tovi advanced to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet in both the shot put and the discus. She placed second in both events in Division 2 Saturday and qualified for Masters by being among the top 12 overall. Her shot put mark was 42 feet 11 1/4 inches, and her discus mark was 131-9. It came a year after she advanced to Masters in the shot put.

Jayln Harris
Rancho Cucamonga

Harris was one of Southern California’s top performers at the CIF Southern Section meet at Cerritos College on Saturday. Competing in the Division 1 meet, Harris won the 200 meters (23.47) and took second place in the 400 (54.91). She also helped the Cougars to a win in the 4×100 relay (46.95), running a strong second leg She also ran the anchor leg on the 4×400 relay that placed eighth. She has signed with San Diego State.

Emerald Bowens
Redlands East Valley

Bowens ran the 100 in 12.07 seconds at the CIF-SS finals on Saturday to win the Division 2 championship and qualify for the CIF Masters meet this weekend.

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