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Yarbrough wins 100-meter CIF section championship


Last updated 7/7/2017 at Noon

Fallbrook High School track and field athlete Darriale Yarbrough won the CIF San Diego Section meet's Division I girls 100-meter dash championship and concluded her sophomore season at the CIF state meet.

The CIF section meet consisted of the preliminaries May 20 at Mount Carmel High School and the finals May 27 at Mount Carmel. Yarbrough's 100-meter time of 12.24 seconds placed her third overall in the finals as well as first among Division I girls and earned her a lane at the state meet preliminaries June 2 at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

"Her goal was to make the state this year," said Fallbrook head coach Marco Arias. "She was really focused."

During the section preliminaries Yarbrough finished the 100-meter dash in 12.32 seconds, which was the fastest time among Division I girls and the second-fastest girls time overall.

"She had a very good CIF meet in prelims," said Arias.

Yarbrough also competed in the long jump, and during the preliminaries her distance of 17 feet 3 3/4 inches placed fifth for Division I and 13th overall.

The athletes with the nine best Division I times or distances and those with the nine best Division II marks in each event advanced to the section finals, so Yarbrough qualified for the finals in both events. If there is a tie for ninth place, up to 12 pole vaulters or high jumpers advance to the finals, so Fallbrook also had a finals qualifier in the boys pole vault after senior Parker Adams cleared 13'0" in the preliminaries, for which if the tiebreaker of previous misses were applied, would have given him tenth place in Division I and twelfth place overall.

Three other Fallbrook athletes – senior Dylan Howell, sophomore Audrey Petersen, and freshmen Erin Murray – competed only in the CIF preliminaries.

Howell had a time of 2:09.81 in the 800-meter race to place 25th among Division I boys. Petersen placed 16th among Division I girls in the 1,600-meter contest with a time of 5:35.47. Murray ran the 400-meter event and completed her lap in 1:00.00, which placed 13th among Division I runners and shared 16th overall, and she was 23rd among Division I girls in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.59 seconds.

The top three finals finishers in each event from Division I and Division II combined qualified for the state meet, although any athletes who posted automatic qualifying marks also earned an invitation to the state competition.

Yarbrough's 12.24-second performance beat out Mira Mesa junior Leia Salongo, who was second among Division I runners at 12.26 seconds, for third place. The fastest overall runner was Coronado sophomore Alysah Hickey, who broke the finish tape 11.99 seconds after the starter's gun was fired. Mount Carmel senior Giselle Dougan had a time of 12.19 seconds for second place in Division II and overall.

The Division I 100-meter championship made Yarbrough the first Fallbrook High School girl to win an event at the CIF section finals since Carrie Johnson had the furthest discus throw in 2001.

In the long jump finals, Yarbrough had a distance of 17'7", which placed fourth in Division I and ninth overall.

"She jumped fairly well," Arias said.

The automatic state meet qualifying distance for the girls long jump was 18'1". Five girls exceeded that in the finals, including three from Division I schools. Four jumps exceeded 18'1" in the preliminaries, including two by Division I athletes. "They started to jump 18s," Arias said.

That meant Yarbrough was ninth overall when five of the eight longer distances were automatic state qualifying standards.

"It's quite a feat to be in that caliber," Arias said.

Adams' height of 12'6" in the finals placed 16th overall and 10th among Division I boys.

A time of 12.35 seconds in her state meet preliminaries heat placed Yarbrough 25th among the 28 girls who competed in the 100-meter event.

"She got a little overwhelmed at the state meet," said Arias.

Arias noted that most athletes who compete at the state meet for the first time are not used to that level of competition.

"It was a good learning experience," Arias said. "She liked it. She was just a little bit overwhelmed."

Yarbrough placed tenth among the 12 freshmen and sophomores in the preliminaries, so Arias believes she will likely improve if she stays healthy in 2018.

"Darriale has a very good chance," Arias said.


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