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.