South Pasadena High Triple Jumper Finishes 5th in State

TH Wei of South Pas High, Mia Barnett of Village Christian and Audrey Suarez of Mayfield pose after the CIF State Championships in Fresno this past weekend. Photo courtesy of C.B. Richards

The track and field season officially came to a close last weekend with the conclusion of the 100th California State Championships in Fresno, California, in which South Pas High rising junior TH Wei placed 5th overall in the men’s triple jump.

With his 47’ 04.5’’, Wei beat out Sanger High School’s Kosi Agina (46’ 09’’) by one spot to finish as the number one ranked sophomore in California.

Incredibly, his day could have been even better.

After multiple jumps of at least 47’, Wei was able to stretch past 49’, only to have the jump ruled out by the slightest of infractions. It was determined that he was a toenail’s-length past the takeoff board at the beginning of his leap.

“It was unfortunate but exciting knowing that TH is capable of jumping that far,” his coach, C.B. Richards, said afterwards. “The greatest thing about TH is he is far from a finished product. He has so many areas to improve in. When it all comes together next year, it should be fun to watch.”

Richards has a number of reasons to look forward to next season. Between the boys and girls track and field teams in 2018, there were 242 personal records set.

“That’s a tangible result of all of our 100 student athletes’ and coaches’ combined hard work and passion this year,” Richards said.