Travis sets three league records at IVL finals

May 15, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Over the past three seasons Brawley Union High School's Marquita Travis has epitomized consistency on the Imperial Valley's high school track and field scene.

Having recorded multiple victories on a regular basis this year, Travis came through again by picking up three wins in the Imperial Valley League finals Wednesday. She also set IVL records in the 100-meter hurdles, the triple jump and long jump.

She finished the hurdles in 16.24 seconds, took the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet, 5 inches and the long jump at 16-4.

"I really didn't expect to do that good out there because it was so hot," said the 17-year-old senior of the 100-degree-plus temperatures. "I usually don't do too good when it's really hot. At first the heat bothered me, but after awhile I was able to put it past me."


She also was a member of Brawley's 4x100 relay team that finished in third in 54.14.

"I think what really got me going was the fact that we didn't win IVL," said Travis. "So I just used the anger from that to push me and motivate me."

After ripping through her competition at IVLs and setting league records, next for Travis will be the CIF San Diego Section track meet Saturday at Escondido High School.

Travis has qualified for the long jump, triple jump and hurdles, but said she'll concentrate on the latter two events.

Travis will have to face some adversity. After she competed in all her events at IVLs she was walking around barefoot and was accidentally stepped on by a teammate. The result was a split toenail, which was partially removed.

"It really hurt at first … and I wasn't able to wear shoes because I had to let it heal. But I think it's better now. I'm sure my foot will be fine for CIF," said Travis.

"Right now, what I'm more focused on isn't just CIF, but qualifying for state. That's my main goal, qualifying for state. We've been looking at some of the other times and if I can do what I've already done, then I have a good shot at qualifying."

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