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AOW: Eagle freshman flies into CIF with four wins at IVLs

May 14, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

At the beginning of this track and field season Southwest High's Rashauna Amos had a feeling she'd fare well.

She knew she'd get her share of wins but she probably didn't have any idea she would have the type of year she had.

On Thursday Amos wrapped up one of the most dominant seasons by a freshman in the Imperial Valley League as she took four firsts at the IVL finals in Calexico, qualifying for CIF San Diego Section postseason action.

"It was awesome, it was fun and it all just went well for me," said the 15-year-old freshman. "Going into IVLs I was a little nervous, but as soon as I got on the (starting) line, I just forgot about it and was thinking about CIF."

Her run to CIF started with wins in the 100 meters in 12.36 seconds, the 200 in 27.74 and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.


"Really, before IVLs I did kind of expect to do as well as I did, but when it was over, I thought I could've done a little better. I actually wanted to break some records," said Amos. "Out here, there's some good competition, but for the most part, you're running against the clock. So if I would've broken records and got good times, I would've been able to compare them to some CIF times."

Amos will have her shot at taking on some of San Diego's best starting at 4 p.m. Friday at the preliminaries at Valley Center High School.

Until then, Amos and her teammates will put in the hard work they have all season that helped the Eagles earn a share of the IVL regular season championship.

"My teammates and coaches have really helped me a lot this year. Being a freshman, it did take off some pressure knowing I had teammates that were really good and could make up some ground if I had an off day," said Amos.

"Now we're all focusing on CIF. I think right now I'm a lot more nervous about this then I was about IVLs because there's a lot more competition and there's some of the best runners in Southern California," added Amos. "But I think I'll get over that by the time I get on that track."

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