WALNUT — An approximate distance from the city of La Cañada to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, site of Saturday's CIF Southern Section track and field Divisional Finals, is 36 miles.
The distance, however, between La Cañada and Cerritos College, the venue for Friday's Masters Meet, proved certainly much farther.
Of a total of eight local athletes who ventured out to the divisional finals, not one advanced to the following week's Masters Meet, the elite track and field competition within the Southern Section.
Saturday was indeed an elimination fest, impacting even some of the area's top athletes.
St. Francis High senior James Knowles, who dreamed about earning a double qualification to Masters, survived in neither his 110- or 300-meter hurdles competition.
The day started off with some difficulties for Knowles, who entered with the fourth-best seeded time of 14.55 seconds in the Division III 110 hurdles, but struggled to a seventh-place finish in 15.11 and finished outside the final nine who moved onto Masters.