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Southwest's Amos doesn't make state finals

June 02, 2002|STAFF REPORT

NORWALK — Southwest High track standout Rashauna Amos' CIF track and field season came to an end here Friday when she failed to qualify for state finals in the 100-meter dash.

Finishing sixth in her heat in a time of 12.24 seconds, Amos didn't advance to Saturday's CIF state track and field championships at Cerritos College. Still, she is ranked 19th in the state and is the only freshman to rank at all.

Amos wasn't available for comment Saturday.

"She was by far the fastest freshman. There were no other freshman even up here," said Southwest track coach Mike Becker.

He added Amos ran the same type of race as May 25 when the 15-year-old took third place in the 100 at the Master meet in Poway, a CIF San Diego Section qualifier for the state championships.

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"She was a little bit slow out of the blocks, but from 10 to 100 (meters) she ran as fast or faster than anyone in her heat. She fought her way back into it," he said.

"We were glad to have this experience. It's been a long season and it was a great reward (for Amos and the Imperial Valley league track co-champion Southwest girls) for all the hard work they put into it," Becker said.

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