The California Winter Season is rapidly gaining popularity as athletes are once again making track and field a primary sport. The California Winter Season is a way for athletes to get early “preseason” track meets under their belt to gear up for the spring season. CA.Milesplit.com released a Girl’s Winter Team Rankings list the other day with Eleanor Roosevelt of Corona and Mater Dei of Santa Ana ranked as the top two teams.
- “These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 20 deep for individuals and 20 deep for relays. For example, for individuals 1st place received 20 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 20th place.” (Ca.Milesplit.com)
This article is a “hypothetical” track meet outcome but Roosevelt is stacked with 7 athletes, 9 entries, covering 8 events. Mater Dei has 4 athletes, 9 entries, and covering 3 events; only the jumps. What’s impressive is how many points each girl can contribute.
The Mater Dei LEAP Squad led by Coach Keinan Briggs is stacked with varsity athletes such as:
- Senior Dominique Ruotolo who has personal bests of 5’7 high jump, 19’0 long jump, and 41’7 in the triple jump.
- Junior Sophia Chiaramonte who has personal bests of 5’3 high jump, 36’1 triple jump, and 18’6.25 in the long jump.
- Senior Kelli Godin who has a personal best of 17’9 in the long jump.
- Freshman Jade McDonald who has personal bests of 18’2 long jump and 39’11 in the triple jump.
Also watch the improvements of:
- Senior Janelle Maglione who has a personal best of 34’6 in the triple jump.
- Senior Maggie Quiroz who has a personal best of 16’1 in the long jump.
From the outside looking in, without any improvements, the “contention” reality is Mater Dei could qualify 4 long jumpers, 2 triple jumpers, and 2 high jumpers into scoring position at CIF Finals. Those marks also qualify or are very close to qualifying to the CIF State At-Large marks. A lot of things have to fall into place but this team is the standard of “contention”