Southern Section track and field championships start Saturday

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The Southern Section track and field championships will begin Saturday morning at Cerritos College, and the stage is set for Curtis Godin of Santa Ana Mater Dei to show off his speed and demonstrate his seasonlong progress.

Godin enters the finals in the 100 meters and 200 meters having run the fastest times in the state at 10.36 seconds and 21.03, respectively. The UCLA signee has seemingly come out of nowhere this season. He's a former baseball player who started running track only last year.

Another intriguing event will be the pole vault, where Luigi Colella of Thousand Oaks has cleared 16 feet, 9 inches. Eric Moore of Rialto Carter has the best mark in the high jump at 7 feet.

In the girls' competition, Ariana Washington of Long Beach Poly has run 11.50 in the 100. Teammate Kaelin Roberts, a freshman, has season-best marks in the 200 at 23.76 and the 400 at 53.37.

Team titles will be decided in four divisions.

The field events begin at 10:30 a.m. with the pole vault. The first running event is at 1 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for students and children younger than 14.

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