Heritage Valley Blazers at LA Jets Invitational

Submitted by Juvenal Magana

Heritage Valley Blazers' athletes participated in the LA Jets Invitational at Gahr High School in Cerritos California, this Memorial Day weekend. A total of 5 of our athletes attended the USATF sanctioned event that had close to 4,500 athletes, who traveled as far as Las Vegas and the Bay Area. The meet was a qualifier for the USATF Championships, which will take place the weekend of June 30th. All 5 athletes achieved qualifying marks for their event.

The competition began Friday evening, with Lindsey Ramirez (11-12) who finished 3rd in the 3000m race, with a time of 10:44.64. Followed by, Emilio Magaña (13-14) who finished 8th in triple jump, with a mark of 33' 3.25".

Saturday was also full of great performances. In high jump, Ashlyn Larson (13-14) jumped 4' 11" to earn a 2nd place. Dante Mata turning heads again, high jumping 5’ 11.5”. He earned a 1st place, and the number one ranking in California. In shot put, Alexander Ladosky (13-14) earned a 3rd place, throwing 45' 6.5". The day didn't end there, Dante Mata and Emilio Magaña both earned a spot in the Championships in the 400m (13-14).

Sunday, Lindsey Ramirez (11-12) took 2nd place in the 1500m race, with a fast time of 5:04.85. Finally, Dante Mata and Emilio Magaña both secured a spot in 200m. Dante running a time of 24.76 and Emilio running, 25.9. Over all, a great start to the Jr. Olympic Track and Field Season.