PREVIEW: Christian Grubb, Deanna Nowling off to blazing starts in 2019 track and field season


The high school track and field season is well underway. The season goes into high gear April 5-6 with the prestigious Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High and the Mt. SAC Relays at El Camino College on April 18-20.

Here are four burning questions for the season:

1. What will be the main story line in the area this season?

Elite speed. It has always been a calling card for the area, but this season will feature two of the fastest runners in the state in seniors Christian Grubb of Notre Dame and Calabasas’ returning state champion Deanna Nowling.

Grubb, a Daily News first team All-Area selection, tipped his hand and showed fans what they can expect this season with a personal best time of a wind-legal 10.41 seconds in the 100 meters this week in a Mission League meet. He is also one of the top triple jumpers in the state.

Nowling, last season’s Daily News girls athlete of the year, looked sharp in her season debut last weekend, taking first place in the 100 meters at the Nike Redondo Invitational with a personal best time of 11.40 seconds. She will be the favorite to win a second straight state championship.

Simi Valley’s Riley Hunt finished second in the division 2 110 hurdles during the CIF-SS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

2. How good are the boys hurdlers in the area?

They can easily be categorized as the best in the state. Simi Valley’s Riley Hunt, last season’s Daily News boys athlete of the year, finished third at the CIF State meet in the 110-meter hurdles. He’s already off to a fast start, winning last week’s Simi Valley Invitational with a solid time of 11.33 seconds.

The Mission League is home to two of the better hurdlers in the state in Harvard-Westlake’s Brayden Borquez and St. Francis’ Matthew Molina. Borquez, who finished second in the 300-meter hurdles at the CIF-SS Finals, is also proficient in the 400 meters. Molina, a state qualifier in high jump, won the CIF-SS Division 3 110 hurdles.

Kyla Robinson-Hubbard of Calabasas is the Daily News’ girls athlete of the week. (Photo courtesy of Calabasas track)

3. How talented are the girls athletes in the area?

This could be the most talented group of girls ever for this area. Calabasas’ ultra-talented hurdler Kyla Robinson-Hubbard gives the Coyotes a terrific complement …read more

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