Hoover athletes CIF bound


On Thursday, the Hoover High track and field team participated in Pacific League Finals, its last meet of the season, at Arcadia High School.

Although the whole team gave it their all, Katherine Coppersmith, Emma Canal, and Javon Lymon made the most of this last meet and were able to qualify for California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Prelims.

Sophomore Emma Canal, who shined during cross country, succeeded on the track as well. She ran a PR of 11:37 in the 3,200, placing fourth the race, sending her to CIF. With this new PR she not only made it to CIF but also in top five of Hoover’s all time record.

“The race itself was tough, especially trying to stick with a fast pack of girls throughout all eight laps. I’m excited about CIF and looking forward to the experience it provides,” Canal said.

Lymon participated in triple jump for only the second time ever.

He began training for triple jump a little over two weeks ago but jumped into third place with a 39-04, gaining him a new PR and sending him to CIF. Not only that but he is now in the froshsoph top 10 in Hoover all-time record for triple jump.

“I think I did pretty solid, I definitely could’ve done better but, I did my best and it paid off,” Lymon said. “During CIF I hope to get a PR of at least 40ft because I was really close this meet.”

Coppersmith had a rough start to the season, she wanted to make a change and she did exactly that. Coppersmith first ran the 400-meter dash and got a PR of 1:01, getting third place in the race and qualifying her for CIF.

“I’m proud that I PRed cause I haven’t been able to all season so it was great to PR along with the CIF qualification,” Coppersmith.

Not only that but Coppersmith also participated in long jump and even though she didn’t PR, she got third overall, which also placed her in CIF. Coppersmith also made it to top five all-time Hoover record for long jump.

“Im really proud of myself and all the other athletes who made it to CIF,” she said. “It goes to show you have to trust your training and that your body knows when you’re on the starting line. I’m excited to see how far we can go, and to see what CIF is all about.”