Ana Tovi

Ana Tovi, former CIF champion from San Gorgonio High School, shows the form that had her among the top throwers among NCAA Division II athletes.

Ana Tovi, who was San Gorgonio High School’s ace thrower during a prominent four-year reign between 2015 and 2018, has picked right up from where she left off.

Now a Cal Poly Pomona sophomore, Tovi won honors on this year’s California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Star squad ⎯ a season cut short due to COVID-19.

She cracked off a discus toss of 151-feet, 10-inches at the March 6 Beach Opener meet in Long Beach. It was that same event that Azusa Pacific University’s Elle Alexander registered a national best 171-foot effort.

Tovi was eighth in last year’s NCAA Division II finals, hitting 159 feet as a freshman.

Her season best in the shot put is 45-2 ¼, which came at the same Beach event.

The season concluded a week later.

During her high school career at San G, Tovi’s lifetime best in the discus came at the San Andreas League finals in 2018, hitting 151-6 ½. She was second at the CIF Division 2 finals in 2017.

In shot put, Tovi was CIF Division 2 champion in 2016, hitting a personal best 44-3 while taking third place at CIF-Masters in 2018.

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Cal State San Bernardino had a pair of athletes named to the CCAA All-Star squad.

Junior Taylor Salley, a school record holder in the hammer (50.50 meters) and coming close in the discus (37.71 meters), is a Moreno Valley High product who transferred from Riverside City College’s state-championship program.

Sprinter and jumper Maya Price, a sophomore, has the school record in the 100 (12.26) that ranked third best in CCAA and seven in the NCAA Division II rankings.

She’s a nursing major who has shared the baton with teammates in school relay records for the 4 x 100 (48.41) and 4 x 400 (3:58.37) ⎯ both among the tops in CCAA and national picture.

Footnote: Cal Poly Pomona’s Zaria Francis, a transfer from USC, is the same sprinter from Rio Mesa High School who edged Redlands East Valley’s Emerald Bowen at the CIF Division 2 championships.

Francis, a teammate of Tovi’s at CPP, was another CCAA All-Star.

Footnote II: Bowen, a sophomore at Nevada-Las Vegas, ran with Upland High product Jada Hicks, Herriman (Utah) High’s Kaysha Love and Eastvale Roosevelt’s Jasmyne Graham on 4 x 100 relays.

Best clocking: 45.27 at the Steve Scott Relays.

Bowen’s collegiate best in the outdoor 100 was 11.72, set last season.

Bowen was CIF Division 2 champion in the 100 (12.07) in her junior season, 2017. It was Francis who prevailed in both 2015 and 2016 ⎯ 11.51 to Bowen’s 11.71 in ’16 with a 1-2 finish in 2015 ⎯ Francis in 11.24, Bowen in 11.74.

Footnote III: Cal State San Bernardino does not have a men’s track program.

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