The stage was set for future California Relays in 2004 with the Inaugural meet. The California Relays crossed paths with future state champions Lionel Larry of Dominguez (10.56 in the 100 Meters) and Ebony Collins of Long Beach Wilson (41.72 in the 300 Hurdles). There were over sixty schools from around the country participating. Initially held at the Home Depot Center, The California Relays would be one of the year’s best meets. Oak Ridge (FL) women and East Transit Tech (NY) men would blaze to some of the fastest times of the year in the 1600M Sprint Medley and Distance Medley Relays respectively.
In 2005, The California Relays would move to its permanent home at Cerritos College. Cerritos College is the home of Southern Section Divisional Finals and Masters Meet. The California Relays has enjoyed great success at Cerritos College. The California Relays would produce stellar times and distances after the move. Rashaad Scott of Truman High School (Bronx, NY) would throw a personal best of 57 feet 4 inches in the Shot Put while Cameron Carter (Mayfair) tossed the discus 176 feet 10 inches. On the track, Loyola’s Paul Jordan would run a fast time of 14.33 in the 110 Hurdles. The women would not be outdone, Truman High School (Bronx, NY) would run a fabulous time of 4:05.11 in the 1600 Meters Sprint Medley.
In 2007, The California Relays added the college and open division. The California Relays College and open section would see the likes of World Champions Lashinda Demus (400 Meter Hurdles) and Carmelita Jeter (100 Meters), and Olympian Torri Edwards. The high school section would excellent performances. Charles Saseun (Rancho Cucamonga) would dazzle with a 100 Meters of 10.95 into a 2.1 head wind and anchor their relay. Fawad Khan (Palos Verdes) would run a great 1600 Meters at 4:21.17 as Aleyna LaCroix (Mira Costa) at 5:20.15 fought off Elizabeth Coe (Fountain Valley) at 5:20.52 in the girls 1600 Meters.
In 2011, The California Relays experienced tremendous success. The Palos Verdes girls and Dana Hills boys flirted with national leading times in the Distance Medley Relays. Gianna Woodruff (St. Mary’s (SS)) ran an excellent time of 45.19 in the 300 Hurdles while Michael Barton (Concord De La Salle) won his race in 39.65. German Fabela (La Serna) did the hard 200/400 double with times of 22.41 and 49.36 respectively. Distance power Dana Hills posted a 7:59.08 in the 4 x 800 Meters. Sizzling!
In 2013, with perfect weather conditions, Chaminade high school invaded the California Relays with about 10 athletes posted some of the fastest times in the state of California. They ran a sizzling 1:26.98 in the Boys 4 x 200 Meter Relay and a “B” team running 1:31.35. AMAZING! First year team from Colorado, ThunderRidge high school ran some impressive times with 4:23.10 in the Girls 1600 Sprint Medley and 9:42.85 in Girls 4 x 800 Meter relays. Santa Margarita’s Kaitlyn Merritt posted one of the best pole vaults in the country with a jump of 13’6″ in the Girls Pole Vault. Rock Canyon’s Cameron Gill soared to 46’00.75″ in the Boys triple jump. Rancho Verde’s Emauni Johnson ran an impressive 48.77 in the 400. Carson’s Jeannette Paul ran away with the Girls 100 Hurdles with an excellent time of 14.51.
The California Relays has enjoyed great success and presents a great chance for athletes to compete at a World Class facility. The California Relays affords athletes a huge opportunity to qualify for other prestigious meets later in the year. The philosophy that started the California Relays still holds true today. The California Relays will except EVERY relay entered while offering quality individual races. Make the California Relays YOUR place to run.