Danika Hitchcock stretching on her winning long jump. Photo by J.P. Crumrine

Jayden Emerson running the 3200-meter race. He finished second. Photo by Jessica Priefer
The Mountain Pass League track and field championships showcased many Hemet High School students, including several current and former Idyllwild residents.

At the Friday, May 3, meet Hemet senior Danika Hitchcock won the girls long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 4 inches, which qualified her for the CIF meet. She also finished second in both the 300-meter hurdles and the triple jump and was member of Hemet’s 100-meter relay team which finished third.

Allison Hitchcock, Danika’s sister and a Hemet High sophomore, tied for third in the pole vault and was a member of the 400-meter relay team, which finished fourth.

A third Hemet athlete, former Idyllwild resident, Briana Williams also performed well at the meet. She won the women’s pole vault and was second in the high jump.

Tanner Torrez runs the 1600-meter race at the Mountain Pass League championships. Photo by J.P. Crumrine

The boys were nearly as successful. Jayden Emerson ran the 3200-meter race in 10:17.25 to finish second. Teammate Tanner Torrez was fourth in both the men’s high jump and 1600-meter race. Chad Schelly, who was ailing, could not run the 800 meters, but did help the 400-meter relay team.

All of the boys are sophomores.

The meet was scheduled for Wednesday, May 1; but smoke from the Summit Fire postponed it until Friday and it was moved to Hemet High Stadium.

Chad Schelly beginning his lap of the 400-meter relay. Photo by Jessica Priefer

Allison Hitchcock clearing the bar during the pole vault competition. Photo by J.P. Crumrine

Briana Williams. Photo by J.P. Crumrine

Danika Hitchcock finishes the 300-meter hurdles race. Photo by J.P. Crumrine