Mater Dei Lady LEAP Squad are Serious Contenders

Mater Dei Lady LEAP Squad 2018

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”