Clovis News: Sports

Valley stars run, jump, win at West Coast Relays

Saturday's West Coast Relays at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium exposed the Central Section's highly advertised class of 2011 with equal parts excellence and glaring absence.

It was as much about Clovis' Jenna Prandini and Clovis West's Alyssa Monteverde continuing to assault the section record book as it was Central's BJ Kelley and Brendon Bigelow not competing at all.

Prandini, with a 40-foot 6 1/4-inch triple jump, and Monteverde, with a 42.90-second 300-meter low hurdles, each rose to No. 2 in section history with winning efforts in invitational events. They represent The Bee's girls track and field Athletes of the Year the past two seasons.

Bigelow, who placed second in the state in the 200 meters as a freshman in 2008 before struggling as a sophomore with injuries, is out for the season while recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the Grizzlies' final football game in November.

Consequently, he was never entered in the relays. But state-ranked hurdler Kelley was before his father, Pierre Kelley, removed him from the team indefinitely a week ago for a combination of reasons -- personal disagreements the father is having with coach Randy Williams and conflicts with football. BJ Kelley, a standout receiver, will participate in a Nike Combine next weekend at USC, for example.

Pierre Kelley, who attended Saturday's meet with his son, isn't sure the hurdler will return to the team this spring.

"Possibly," he said. "We're going to talk about it Monday in a meeting with the district athletic director [James Gambrell]. It's just some differences of opinion with myself and the head coach. Football is a factor, too, at least next week."

BJ Kelley said football is his primary sport, that he's been offered a scholarship by Cal Poly, and has also been approached by Washington State, Washington, Cal and UCLA.

Williams, the former Olympic long-jump gold medalist from Edison who took over Central's program this season, acknowledged some friction with Pierre Kelley, but didn't elaborate.

Meet highlights

- Prandini's triple jump, launched on her fourth and final attempt after fouling on her first three, is second only to Clovis West's Kayla Montgomery (40-11-3/4, 1992) in section history. It also ranks second in the state this year. Saturday, she also won the 100 (11.82) and scorched a 55-second 400 split on the Cougars' 1,600 relay.

- Monteverde's 300 hurdles time is second in section annals to Stockdale's Tiffany Brown (42.39, 2001).

- Edison's girls 1,600 relay (3:54.04) ran the section's fastest time of the season and No. 11 all time with three freshmen -- twins Tia and Tara Edwards and Nailah Harris-Murillo -- and junior Janice Anderson.

- Buchanan senior Sean Johnson won the invitational 110 high hurdles (14.13) with the section's best time of the season and No. 11 all time. His second-place 38.23 in the 300 hurdles is second in the section this season to Kelley's state sixth-ranked 37.85.

- Among other section season-leading marks were Bullard's Evan Crayton-Cragen in the 400 (48.48), Buchanan's Heath Reedy in the 3,200 (9:08.90) and Edison's girls 400 relay (48.52).