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Amos is fastest freshman in the state


June 04, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Southwest High School's Rashauna Amos can be considered the fastest freshman in California.

For Amos, that's just not good enough.

After finishing sixth in her heat in the 100 meters and 19th overall at the CIF track and field state preliminaries Friday at Cerritos College in Norwalk, the 15-year-old only had one vow to make.

"I'll be back," she said.

After winning the 100 at the Imperial Valley League finals and the CIF San Diego Section meet, placing third at the Masters meet and leading the Eagles to their first CIF San Diego Section championship, Amos said being the top freshman in the state doesn't mean all that much to her.

"It doesn't matter if I'm a freshman or if I'm a senior. To me, everyone's the same regardless of age or grade," said Amos. "When I want to make myself feel good and not feel so bad about how I did, I just tell myself that I'm the best freshman in the state. But I try not to focus on that too much."


What she has been focusing on is the way she started her race Friday. Still relatively new to high school track, Amos has yet to fully adjust to shooting out of the starting blocks. Instead of staying low, Amos practically stood straight up out of the blocks, a major mistake in short distance racing.

"The blocks affected me 100 percent. With the way I got out of the blocks, I'm just really angry with myself," said Amos. "It's kind of upsetting and frustrating knowing that you're as fast as those other girls but because of the blocks you didn't really have a chance."

Amos is now set on redeeming herself and she said she will work nonstop on getting out of the blocks faster. She said it's not too soon to start focusing on her sophomore year. She added instead of trying to get faster by working on technique, she'll keep her focus on the blocks.

Although Amos was upset with the way she ended her season, it in no way takes away from this year's performances.

"You know, when I first met and was introduced to her, I knew from what I had seen in previous races that she'd have a big impact on the league," said Southwest coach Mike Becker. "It wasn't until about halfway through the season did I start thinking about San Diego and how we'd do there.

"And the results showed. She did everything right at the end of the season when it counted most," said Becker. "By far, Rashauna exceeded any expectations I had for her."


Jennifer Aguilar, Imperial Valley Heat 14-and-under softball team, picked up the win on the mound in the team's 2-1 semifinal victory over Bonita Valley at the 11th annual Lightning Tournament in Chula Vista on May 27.

Christine Gotchie, Imperial Valley BMX racer, won in the girls 12-year-old division at the IV BMX race May 25.

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