CLOVIS -- As Skyline High's Destiny Smith-Barnett moved to the front of her 200-meter race at the end of the curve on June 6 at the CIF state track and field preliminaries, a fan in the stands yelled, "She's breaking them down. Did you see that?"
Yes, Smith-Barnett broke down her heat competition in the girls 100 and 200 meters at Buchanan High, then on June 7 produced top-three finishes in both event finals at Buchanan High in hot conditions.
In the finals, the UNLV-bound Smith-Barnett placed second in the 100 with an excellent time of 11.63. Long Beach Poly's Arianna Washington won the event in 11.22, announced as the No. 10 all-time mark in the country for the event.
"I messed up big-time at the start. That cost the race," she said. "I was concerned more about getting back into the race than winning the race."
Then Smith-Barnett placed third in the 200 with a time of 23.98.
On Friday, Smith-Barnett blazed to win her 100 heat in 11.40 seconds, the fifth-fastest wind-legal time in the country and second-fastest in the state this season according to DyeStat.com.
Then Smith-Barnett motored her way to another personal record in the 200 with a heat win in 23.75. That time ranked 15th in the nation and third in the state this season for wind-legal times according to DyeStat.com.
There were a number of local athletes who competed in the preliminaries.
In the girls 400 relay, Skyline was sixth in its heat with a time of 49.15.
Bishop O'Dowd's KaRa Awakoaiye was sixth in her heat of the 100 intermediate hurdles (14.56 wind-aided), and Oakland Tech's Ray'ven Sanders was ninth in the same heat (15.80 wind-aided). Skyline's Deona Johnson was seventh in her heat of the girls 400 (1:00.07).
Skyline's Marayne Martin-Fields was eighth in her girls 800 heat (2:18.65). Skyline was seventh in their heat of the girls 1600 relay (3:58.74). Sanders was 14th in the high jump preliminaries with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches.
In boys preliminary events, Skyline's Chris Russell was seventh in his heat of the 110 high hurdles (15.76), and ninth in his heat of the 300 intermediate hurdles (40.54). Teammate Isaiah King was seventh in his heat of the 400 (50.79). Skyline junior Armand Shyne was 22nd in the shot put (46-9 1/2) and 24th in the discus (127-11).