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AVC NOTEBOOK: SABO SOARS FOR MARAUDERS.

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Rachelle Sabo had her best performance of the season when it counted the most over the weekend at the Southern California Regional Track and Field finals at San Diego State.

The Antelope Valley College freshman cleared a personal best 11 feet in the pole vault to qualify for Saturday's state meet at Santa Barbara City College.

``She was clearing 10-6 with consistency, so we were just waiting for it to happen at 11-0,'' AVC track coach Mark Covert said. ``She worked very hard in the offseason and has gotten much better. She's very consistent.''

And that work ethic has paid off for Sabo, who has increased her marks by more than a foot in a half in the last year. The Quartz Hill High graduate is one of four vaulters to clear 11 feet this season and she figures to challenge Kathryn Beasley of College of Sequoias and Brianna King from Santa Monica City for the state championship.

``If Rachelle is clear and has no misses at 10-6, then you'd have to say she has a good chance,'' Covert said. ``Hopefully she'll come out on top. And a three or four finish is very doable for her.''

--Familiar territory: High jumper Jerrick Holmes makes his return to the state meet after finishing second last season to Sacramento City's Kurtiss Dilley, who will attempt to defend his title.

A year stronger and wiser, Holmes leaped a personal best 7-0 1/4 at the Northridge Relays earlier this season and is poised to come back from Santa Barbara with the title this time around.

``He's a fierce competitor,'' Covert said. `` He's definitely one of the favorites in the (high jump) and if he executes the way he's capable of, he'll bring home the championship this time.''

--Selby advances: With a toss of 182-3 in the hammer throw, Tim Selby finished in second at the So. Cal. regionals and qualified for the state meet.

The Foothill Conference Track Athlete of the Year will compete in his event Friday at UC Santa Barbara.

``The key for Tim is he needs to relax and not necessarily try to make things happen. He needs to just let it happen,'' Covert said. ``He went from a 150-thrower to a 180-thrower. And we know he's capable of throwing 190. With a little luck, he can give the top guys a run for it.''

--Tall task: Of the four AVC athletes in the state meet, Kristen Robinson has perhaps the toughest test in her event, the 100 meter hurdles.

Seven of the nine athletes have finished the race in less than 15 seconds and Robinson's fastest time this season was 15.01 in early April. She's coming off a fourth-place finish (15.14) at the So. Cal. Regionals.

``She has her work cut out for her,'' Covert said. ``She'll have to run a complete race to stay in the hunt - get out early and over the hurdles clean and finish strong.''

--Like father, like son: Coverts's son Chris, who competed on AVC's track and field and cross country teams in each of the last two seasons, has committed to Cal State Fullerton.

The elder Covert ran both the three- and six-mile distance events as well as cross country for the Titans and graduated in 1973.

``I went to the school back in the stone age,'' Mark Covert said. ``I went down to the campus with Chris and the facilities are great. When it came down to it, Chris made the decision. He'll do real well. Hopefully, it will work out for him.''
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 15, 2002
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