June 1-2, 2001 at Sacramento CA

California State Meet

The California State Finals played out as theatrical drama. There was triumphant redemption for Sara Bei, Alejandra Barrientos, Lashinda Demus, and Ryan Hall, there was a new star born in Shayla Rose Balentine, and there were two new national records. And none of the above included Olympian Monique Henderson, who won the 400 for the fourth straight year

Table of Winners


The Story
by John Dye

Donna on the Side

Results, Pix, & Splits
Part 1
- 100 to 800
Part 2
- 1600 to hurdles
Part 3
- relays and field events
Part 1
- 100 to 800
Part 2 - 1600 to hurdles
Part 3 - relays and field events

511 DyeStat Elite Marks

Photo Stories






Barrientos is Back!
Ryan Hall is Number One -
fastest 1600 meters ever
in California State Meet
Monique Henderson wins
4th straight 400 in State Meet
Sara Bei just edges
Anita Siraki in 3200
with the two ending US#1 & 2
Lashinda Demus wins 100 hurdles
Wilson Long Beach's great relay team smiles after setting a
national record (see timer above): From Left: Angel Tate, leadoff; Ashley
Freeman, anchor; Lashinda Demus, 3rd leg; Quiana Hodges, 2nd leg.

Shayla Balentine's smile and sign say it all


from Flash Results West (Don Chadez)
10.53 Phillip Francis, Fairfax
11.61 Alyson Felix, LA Baptist
21.05 Seth Amoo, Highland
22.85 Angel Perkins, Gahr
47.51 Jason Lovell, Cleveland
51.34 Monique Henderson, Morse
1:53.80 Tykie Harris, San Gorgonio
2:10.31 Shannon Rowbury, Sacred Heart
4:02.62 Ryan Hall, Big Bear
4:43.24 Alejandra Barrientos, San Lorenzo Valley
9:00.49 Yong-Sung Leal, Arroyo
10:11.11 Sara Bei, Montgomery
13.59 Christopher Morgan, Taft
13.39 Lashinda Demus, Wilson
36.25 Jeffrey Hunter, Granite Hills
41.81 Ashlee Brown, JW North
6'10" Teak Wilburn, Chico
5'10" Chaunte Howard, JW North
24' 5.75" Trevell Quinley, Merrill West
20' 5.5" Elzunia Wojcicka, Hollister
49'8" Jamil Smith, Palmdale
42'4.5" Candace Bauchman, LB Poly
16'3" Mike Landers, Golden Valley
13'8" Shayla Ballentine, Morro Bay
62' 10.75" David Guerin, Leuzinger
50' 2.25" Karen Freberg, San Luis Obisp
189' 1" Sean Shields, Arroyo Grande
162' 9" Rachel Varner, Bakersfield
41.17 Helix
45.40 Wilson Long Beach
3:15.11 Poly Long Beach
3:35.72 Wilson Long Beach

The California state meet amounts to a "super-state" meet, the equivalent of a regional multi-state championship in any other part of the US.  The biggest state with the greatest number of prep track and field athletes filters all this talent into a one-class final, 27 athletes per event.  These finalists come out of 10 sections of the state, with each section allotted slots in the finals based on population and past state meet performances.  The talent-rich Southern Section (all of suburbia and exurbia surrounding Los Angeles) has to have two preliminary weeks of trials before the Southern Section "Masters" finals, the state meet qualifier for this section.  Just qualifying for the State Meet is as difficult as winning a state championship in many states.  At the State Meet, there are trials on Friday (except the 3200 meters), to whittle the fields down to nine athletes per event for Saturday's finals.  That makes Saturday the greatest concentration of elite talent at any high school meet anywhere outside of the post-season national meets.  Monique Henderson's 50.74, smashing the US record for 400 meters, was just one of the notable performances at the 2000 meet.  

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