The Peninsula Athletic League will be highlighted at the Central Coast Section Track and Field Finals on Friday at Gilroy High School by Westmoor’s Andria Donley and Burlingame’s Allison Daley.
Daley, who went to the state championships last year, was the top qualifier in CCS for the 300-meter hurdles after winning at the PAL Championships.
“Anybody who gets race experience really helps,” Burlingame coach Megan Fish said. “She’s used to big competition.”
Daley, who also plays soccer at Burlingame, is the only member of Burlingame’s track team to reach the CCS finals and her workouts have become individualized, Fish said.
“It’s a little more flexible,” Fish said. “But we want her to be ready for Friday.”
She was joined at the CCS trials by Madison Mason, who participated in the long and high jumps, and Clay Iwanaga-Friedman.
“I feel she’s going to have a harder time finishing with her best time,” Fish said of Daley’s performance at CCS. “There’s no one to really challenge her.”
Daley also ran in the CCS trials for the 4×400-meter relay.
If there is one person to challenge Daley, it might be Donley.
“They are all really competitive with each other,” Westmoor coach Ron DiMaggio said. “Maybe we’ll get lucky and get to state.”
The Cal Poly-Pomona bound senior was one of 17 participants from Westmoor to reach the CCS trials, but one of only two to reach the CCS finals.
“All are really good high school athletes,” DiMaggio said. “It’s tough to qualify and tough to get in. The level of competition is outrageous,”
Donley, who came up short in her bid to reach the CCS finals in the 100 hurdles, knows the competition will be stiff in the 300 meters, but DiMaggio’s experience in CCS has shown the less training, the better.
“I refer to it as putting the cherry on the sundae,” DiMaggio said. “The sundae is already finished. We’re just finishing it off.”
DiMaggio, who has been to 23 state meets, has made practices shorter, focusing more on starts, keeping a routine and staying mentally prepared.
“Don’t change anything that has been successful,” he said.
Westmoor sophomore Kylie Goo also qualified for the 800 and 3,2000 runs. DiMaggio has had a couple of the boys’ runners race against Goo to get her ready for Friday.
CCS Track and Field Finals
WHEN: Friday; field events start at 4 p.m., track events start at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Gilroy High School
NOTE: The top three CCS finishers automatically qualify for the state track meet