Centaur girls track No. 2 in state

The Culver City girls 4x400 meter relay team and their coach pose for a picture after winning the relay. From left to right are Imaan Minwalla, Leena Powell, coach LaShinda Demus, Morgan Maddox and Joelle Trepagnier. (Photo courtesy of CCHS)

The Culver City high school girls track and field team capped off a magnificent 2023 season last weekend when they placed second overall at the 103rd CIF California high school State Meet. The meet was held at Buchanan high school in Clovis near Fresno. The two-day meet showcased the best track and field athletes not only in the state but also in the nation.

The Lady Centaurs scored 31 points behind Long Beach Wilson’s 44. Leading the way for the Culver City was sophomore Joelle Trepagnier who won the 200 meters in 23.62 seconds and placed second in the 400 meters in 53.55 seconds. She also ran a blistering 52.10 anchor leg on the winning 4X400 meter relay team.

Also helping the Centaurs was junior Morgan Maddox who placed sixth in the 400 meters in a time of 55.67 and she ran on the winning 400-meter relay. Senior Imaan Minwalla and freshman Leena Powell were the other runners on the 4X400 winning relay time that ran an outstanding time of 3:41.08.

“It was a great ending to a spectacular season,” said track coach Jahmal Wright. “The teams (boys and girls) as a whole put in so much hard work and to see it all materialize and to see our girls represent Culver City high and the Culver com- munity on the biggest stage in California. It was very re- warding as a coach. Coach (LaShinda) Demus and I are very proud of all of our track athletes and especially the girls who competed in the State meet. A lot of the ath- letes are returning so the fu- ture looks bright.”

Demus is the girls’ head coach.

CC News names Singleton, Trepagnier Athletes of Year

Culver City High School has a lot of outstanding student athletes, but the two that rose to the top of the list for the 2022-2023 sea- son were for the boys, Myles Singleton, and for the girls, Joelle Trepagnier.

Myles, a sophomore was outstanding on the football field and basketball court and Trepagnier, a sophomore proved to be one the fastest runners in the United States.

Singleton was a first team All-Bay league wide receiver who caught 50 passes for 937 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was also a very good defensive back who made 52 tackles and intercepted three passes.

One of his interceptions he returned 105 yards which is a school record.

He was also a starting guard on the basketball team that won six out of eight CIF playoff games and made it to the State semi-finals.

Trepagnier set school records almost every time she stepped on the track. It all started last April at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational when she helped her team win the 4×400 relay against some of the top schools in the nation.

The smooth-running track star led the Centaurs to the CIF Division 2 championship in May and she capped off a brilliant season by winning the 200 meters at the California high school State Meet last weekend in Clovis.

She also placed second in the 400 meters at the State Meet and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4X400 meter relay at the State Meet.

The great news is both of these grifted student ath- letes have two more years at Culver City High School.