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2012 All-SCV Girls Track and Field: Canyons' Tiffini Stone, Famous last word

Multifaceted Canyon senior realized a dream this year by winning and advancing

Posted: June 22, 2012 10:09 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2012 10:09 p.m.

Canyon High track and field athlete Tiffini Stone ended her decorated high school career by reaching the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

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Unfortunately, Tiffini Stone knew what it was like to finish as runner-up at the CIF-Southern Section Division II finals. She’d been doing it for four years.

So when she saw Cajon’s Ayana Gales hand her another runner-up finish in the long jump on May 19, she vowed not to let it faze her.

After all, Stone had just set a Canyon school record in the event at 18 feet, 5 3/4 inches, plus she still had a chance to make a statement in the triple jump. That statement ultimately included the words "clutch," "inspiring" and "record-breaking."

Most importantly, it included the phrase "CIF champion."

The Signal’s 2012 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year set another school record by leaping 38-5 1/2 in the triple jump, at long last tasting CIF glory.

A lesser athlete, both mentally and physically, might have given in long before Stone didn’t. She finished third in the long jump as a freshman and runner-up the final three years of her prep career, and she was also second in the triple jump as a junior.

Instead of wilting, Stone kept plugging away this season, and not just in the jumps. A valuable member of Canyon’s Foothill League champion 4x100 relay team, Stone helped lock down anywhere from 10-20 points for the Cowboys, who snapped Saugus’ six-year run atop the league in Stone’s last season with the team.

She won league championships in both jumps, bringing her career total to seven, before laying waste to postseason competition.

Stone realized a dream by winning the CIF title, but it wasn’t her only dream. Despite watching Gales snatch the Division II long jump title on the second-to-last attempt, the long jump remained Stone’s best event.

So she went out the following week and qualified for the CIF State Track and Field Championships in the long jump for the first time in her career.

If getting to Buchanan High School in Clovis was a dream, the conditions were nightmarish. The temperature read 106 degrees while Stone was jumping in the state prelims on June 1, and her top mark of 17-8 left her 14th, five spots shy of the state finals.

Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was simply too difficult to jump at or near her personal best for the fourth week in a row.

Or maybe there are no words to explain it.

Stone said a lot with her last season at Canyon, which only grew her profile among colleges looking to land the star athlete.

She refused to let the recruiting process distract her. Instead, she vowed not to make her choice until "after the state meet."

If she came up short, those could have been famous last words.

Instead, it was a correct assertion, the final word on a memorable high school career.


 

Stone's Season
Foothill League long, triple jump and 4x100 relay champ
CIF-SS Division II long jump runner-up
CIF-SS Division II triple jump champ

 

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