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Amos takes 3rd in 100 at Masters

May 25, 2002|STAFF REPORT

POWAY — Southwest High freshman phenom Rashauna Amos kept her breakout season alive as she qualified for the CIF state track and field meet preliminaries by taking third place in the 100 meters at the Masters meet here Saturday.

Amos finished the 100 in 12.22 seconds.

The prelims will be Friday at Cerritos College in Norwalk. To qualify an athlete needed to place in the top three in their event.

"I was really happy she got in there and qualified. She didn't have the best start … she was really slow out of the blocks, but she fought back," said Southwest coach Mike Becker. "I was really excited for her. I told her that this was an experience she needed to go through in order to improve because the only way she can get better is by competing against the best."

Also competing at the Masters but not qualifying were Southwest's Jennifer Black, taking fifth in the 300 hurdles in 47.88 and eighth in the 100 hurdles in 16.16. Monica Gamboa placed seventh in the 400 in 59.72 and Amos was seventh in the 200 in 26.14.

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Amos, Gamboa, Tasha Ernest and Erica Holmes placed ninth in the 4x400 finishing in 4:16.

Central Union High's J.D. Gaddis took fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet. A jump of 6-3 was the lowest qualifier.

Brawley Union High's Cynthia Flores took seventh in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet. Wildcat Raul Hernandez was seventh in the high jump with a 5-10 and teammate Marco Torres was ninth in the 400 in 51.17.

Added Becker: "Rashauna didn't have her best time in the 100, but her champion heart just pulled through. Now she's got one more week to redeem herself for the time she got today."

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