Track Notebook: Monrovia's McCarthy Makes New Name for Himself

Wildcats football star takes first in shot put at the San Gabriel Valley Championships last weekend; plus other track news from the area.

Many people know Ellis McCarthy the football player.

But as of Saturday, they might know him as Ellis McCarthy, the football and shot put star.

The Monrovia junior defensive tackle, who is already one of the top recruits in the nation for the upcoming football season, won the shot put competition at the San Gabriel Valley Championships at West Covina High last weekend with a best throw of 50 feet, 6 ¾ inches.

This is McCarthy’s first season in track and field after playing baseball as a spring sport his first two years in high school.

Earlier in the season the 6-foot-4, 305-pound McCarthy said he knew it would take him time to learn the technique.

He apparently has surpassed that hurdle as has improved his throws more than 10 feet since the beginning of the season.

“What is so amazing is he began throwing less than two months ago and missed a couple of weeks due to injury,” Monrovia coach Randy Hare said of McCarthy.


McCarthy was one of several Monrovia athletes that came away as San Gabriel Valley champions. The Wildcats finished second in the girls team standings with 59 points.

Kia Smith won the girls 100-meter hurdles in 14.93 seconds. The Wildcats’ 4x100 relay was also victorious as Smith, Jasmine Thomas, Jenny Pfau and Skylar Buchanan teamed to run an impressive 48.44.

Also impressive for Monrovia were Smith and Pfau in the 300 hurdles. Smith was third in 48.99 and Pfau was fifth in 49.38.

Pfau was second in the triple jump with a best of 34 feet, 10 inches.

Buchanan was fourth in the 100 in 12.63 and Smith was sixth in 12.85.

Sabrina Thomas was fourth in the discus with a best of 106-8.

For the Monrovia boys team, Michael Harris finished second in the long jump with a best of 21 feet, 11 inches. Charlie Carnevale was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 40.80.


Arcadia won the boys team title at the San Gabriel Valley Championships by earning 93.5 points. The Apaches showed depth in the distance races and were solid in a few other events.

Ammar Moussa, the national leader in the 3,200 meters, dropped down to the 800 to work on his speed and finished second in 1 minute, 53.21 seconds.

Moussa led an Apache group that dominated the invitational boys 1,600. Arcadia placed five in the top nine in the race, all under 4:25.  Moussa won in 4:10.27. Junior Ryan Vargas was fifth in 4:20.16, followed by junior Francis Lee in 4:20.64. Senior Allen Leung was eighth in 4:22.31 and junior Charles Shen was ninth in 4:24.97. Junior Juan De La Rosa was second in the open 1,600 in 4:30.14.

Vargas won the 3,200 in 9:30.15 and senior Esmond Wei was fifth in 9:37.46.

Ismail Naeem won the long jump (22-1 ¼) was second in the triple jump (46-4), and third in the high jump (6-0).

Junior Tony Moseley was second in the 400 (50.39).

The Apaches’ 4x400 relay team of Gavin Carpenter, Moseley, Taylor Lagace and Alce Jen took second in 3:26.02.

The Arcadia girls team finished fifth with 46 points.

Miranda Stiver won the 800-meter race (2:18.00) and Glindyll Mancia was fourth (2:20.00).

Alejandra Quintero took third in the 1,600 (5:29.40). Quintero was third in the 3,200 (11:38.43).

Hayley Greep was third in the long jump (16-8 ½).


San Marino’s Omhunique Brown won the girls 200 in the San Gabriel Valley Champions by running a superb 24.95. She also won the 300 hurdles in 45.34. She was second in the 100 in 12.21 and third in the 100 hurdles in 15.45. Lindsay Miller’s eighth-place finish in a superb 800 field (2:22.94) was another top mark for the Titans.

The Titans got several solid performances on the boys’ side.

Junior Thomas Cotter was fifth in the 400 in 51.35. Junior Robert Moreton finished sixth in the 1,600 in 4:32.66. Ole Woods won the frosh-soph shot put with a best of 43-11 ¾.


La Salle got a personal best and new school record from Itohan Aikhionbare in the girls’ discus. She won the San Gabriel Valley title with a best throw of 132-9.

Teammate Pamela Klein was sixth in both the long jump (15-10 ¼) and the triple jump (32-4 ¾).

The Lancers were very strong on the lower levels as Alessandra Gonzales won the frosh-soph 100 in 12.87 and Alexandra Ghantous took the frosh-soph 400 in 1:00.17.

La Salle’s frosh-soph 4x100 team that includes Gonzales, Ghantous, Denise Peterson and Sarah Grandalski won in 51.69.

The 4x400 frosh-soph team of Gonzales, Ghantous, Peterson and Tracy Cresta won in 4:11.76.

Bryce Shaw was the top performer for the La Salle boys’ team. He won the frosh-soph discus with a best of 111-0.

La Salle, which competes in the Del Rey League, finished its girls’ dual-meet season with a 6-2 overall and 3-1 league record. The Lancer boys’ team was 3-5 overall and 2-4 in league.


South Pasadena kept most of its top athletes out of the San Gabriel Valley Championships.

There was an exception, though, as Sean Nang twice broke the school’s triple jump record at the weekend meet.

Nang finished third with a best of 46 feet, 3 inches. Teammate Mayan Schexnayder entered the meet as the school record holder at 45-5.

“Sean jumped 45-4 ¾ on Thursday against Temple City, but his takeoff was behind the board, so I knew he was primed for a big jump,” South Pasadena jumps coach CB Richards said. “He went 45-8 and then 46-3. Those were two great jumps.”

Richards said he has greatly enjoyed seeing Nang and Schexnayder remain close friends and yet challenge each other.

“As soon as he broke it, (Mayan) went over and congratulated him,” Richards said. “I still think the best is yet to come for both of these guys.”

Nang plans to walk-on at UCLA next season.


South Pasadena hosted the its first Frosh/Soph Invitational last weekend.

The results were very positive for the South Pasadena girls team.

Kamia Rodil-Willis won the freshman 200-meter race (25.90) and 400 (57.64).

Helena Van Loan was also a double winner in the freshman 1,600 (5:34.49) and the 3,200 (11:39.87).

Sloan Mitchell won the freshman long jump (16-0) and Kealia Hudson took the triple jump (35-4).

Another top performance came from sophomore 400 winner Laura Anuakpado (59.53) and sophomore 800 winner Anika Renken (2:23.88).

For the South Pasadena boys team, Josh Wilson took the freshman 800 (2:06.69). Paul Song won the freshman long jump (18-1) and triple jump (36-6).

Among Tiger sophomores, Paul Messana won the 800 (2:04.74) and the 1,600 (4:49.96). Austin Kahn took the pole vault (11-6).


Flintridge Sacred Heart had several quality performances in the Frosh/Soph Invitational.

Rebecca Armstrong won the 800 freshman race (2:25.87). Noelle Niederhaus took the sophomore long jump (16-1 ½) and the triple jump (34-1). Maddie MacVaugh won the sophomore high jump (4-10).


St. Francis junior James Knowles finished third in the both the 110- and 300-meter hurdle events in 15.05 and 39.28 seconds in the San Gabriel Valley Championships.

Teammate Kibbey Gosnell was third in the pole vault with a best of 12-10.


Competing in South Pasadena meet, La Canada got a victory in the girls’ freshman 3,200 from Sonja Cwik (11:41.81). Eloise Di Masi-Nordling was second in the 800 in 2:27.10.


Muir got wins in South Pasadena Frosh/Soph Invitational from Devonte Craven in the freshman 100 (12.38) and Marcelus Clark in the freshman 200 (24.53).


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