Margaux Jones, a much-decorated jumper and sprinter on a pair of Redlands High School’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championships, wound up sixth in the long jump at the Mt. SAC Relays back on April 20 at El Camino College.
Four years earlier: Jones’ final event as a Lady Terrier was when she took second place at the state high school finals in 2015.
She has just completed her senior year at USC. Jones cracked off a 19-foot, 5-inch effort at that Mt. SAC Relays. As a Lady Trojan freshman in 2016, she registered a 21-foot, 3-inch mark that rests at No. 2 on the school’s all-time list.
Two years later, she was named USC’s team captain. At Redlands, she was nothing short of sensational.
Teaming up with Juanita Webster — now known as Juanita Webster-Freeman — the pair won heavy points in CIF championship meets. In the Lady Terriers’ 2016 CIF team title, Jones took second in the long jump, racked up fourth place finishes in both the 100 and 200, then helped score a third place finish in the 4 x 400.
Webster, a state JUCO heptathlon champion a couple years ago for Cerritos JC, won the 300-hurdles, took second in the 100-hurdles, wound up fourth in the triple jump, adding her quarter-mile to that Redlands High relay.
Also on display that day was Claire Crowley, second in the 800, Alisha Edwards, second in the high jump while Jillian Sanchez took sixth in the shot put. Redlands outpointed Riverside North, 66-53.
One year before, Redlands beat runner-up Redondo Union at the Div. 2 finals at Cerritos College. Edwards and Savannah Miller went 1-2 in the high jump, Webster taking fourth.
Jones won the long jump, running second in the 200. Webster was second in the 300-hurdles, third in the triple jump.
Said April Berry, Redlands’ coach: “The stars were aligned perfectly in those two years. Everything came together with those great athletes.”
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Natalie Escher and Vashti Elias-Romero, a pair of Redlands High products, advanced to the round of 16 in the state junior college tournament.
Their deep run in the tournament was unexpected. Sixth-seeded, the Riverside City College duo reached the Southern California Regionals before their Cinderella season concluded.
A story on Natalie’s dad, Kirk, will be showing up soon in these pages.
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Raegan Hill, a sprint-racing dynamo at Redlands High back in the early to mid-1990s, is an associate athletic director at Old Dominion (Va.) University.
What’s funny is that her bio says nothing about her athletic career, just a bunch of seminars she has attended or led.
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This is unpredictable, of course: NCAA Division III baseball World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa last week.
We’ve got Univ. Massachusetts-Boston winning its opener. Chapman University, SCIAC champion in knocking off the University of Redlands, also won its opener.
It was Redlands East Valley product Dylan Fashempour pitching for UMass. His opposing team, Chapman, is coached by former UofR coach Scott Laverty.
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Check out the joys of re-connecting. I covered Redlands High’s Camille Robertson’s CIF triple jumping championship — 38-feet, 9-inches — and showed up to watch her at State inside the Los Angeles Coliseum in that 1984 Olympic year.
Fast-forward to April 25 at Yucaipa High, site of the Citrus Belt League track finals. Robertson is now Camille Andreas, head track coach at Redlands East Valley.
A little talk. A little reminiscing. What’s up with your team, coach? She married an airplane pilot.
Her two kids were stud athletes at REV. Triple jumpers know other triple jumpers.
“That’s Victor Trejo,” she pointed out to me, noting the rival Citrus Valley triple jumper.
“He won the long jump.” The triple jump was still taking place and he was a heavy favorite.
“I don’t want to bother him while he’s competing,” I said. “Think he’ll talk to me?” Andreas didn’t even hesitate. “He’s a great kid,” she told me.
She walked toward him seated on the turf. “Victor, come over and talk to Mr. Brown.”
Folks, I get paid to do this.