From left, TH Wei, Kai Dettman and Lucas Tailin are ready for the Masters Saturday. Photo by Steve Whitmore

The South Pasadena High School track & field program is winding down with another successful season under its wining belt. But it’s not over yet.

Three varsity boys have qualified for the Masters, which is the precursor to compete at the state level.

Those three standouts are Kai Dettman, who also was crowned CIF Division 3 champion in the 800 meters; TH Wei qualified in the triple jump and Lucas Tailin in the pole vault. All three said they are ready for the Masters on Saturday at EL Camino College.

“Kai broke his own school record,” head coach CB Richards said during an interview at the High School. “He is Division 3 CIF champion. It’s tough. This is not easy. It’s fantastic. He has worked all year and he’s been healthy near the end of the year which is a big part, staying healthy. And then there’s the mental part. Being able to compete against all the other kids.”

Although TH Wei qualified for Masters, he said he was disappointed in his performance because he’s been fighting a nagging injury all year.

“To be honest, I’m not happy with the results,” Wei said. “I had to pull up because of my hamstring. Last year, I won Division 3 title. I couldn’t jump my best this year. Going forward II have to be super-efficient about it because I don’t want to reinjure my hamstring.”

Then there’s first-time pole vaulter Lucas Tailin who finds himself going to Masters with a chance to move up to the state finals. There are those that look at Masters to just qualify. It’s state competition that matters, they say.

However, Tailin said he wants to do his best vault ever on Saturday.

“I feel really good,” he said. “To qualify for state, I have to get 14-09 on Saturday and I can do it. I want to PR and get 15 ft.” He vaulted 14-06 to get to Masters.

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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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