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Prep track and field: Future set in Stone

Canyon High’s Tiffini Stone is headed to UC Riverside

Posted: June 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Recent Canyon High graduate Tiffini Stone attracted the attention of UC Riverside with a strong performance at the CIF-Southern Section finals in Walnut last month.

 

On May 19, UC Riverside assistant track and field coach Andrew Basler was at Mt. San Antonio College scouting talent during the CIF-Southern Section track and field finals.

He was packed up and just about ready to go before Canyon High senior Tiffini Stone stopped him.

Stone didn’t say a word.

It was her performance on the field that caused the halt.

First, she set a personal best of 18 feet, 5 3/4 inches in the long jump, finishing second overall in Division II.

Then she leapt a personal best 38-5 1/2 to become the Division II champion in the triple jump.

The performance caught Basler’s attention and nearly a month later, Stone accepted a scholarship offer from UC Riverside.

“I automatically connected with him,” Stone said when she talked to Basler. “Everything he was talking about was what I was looking for in a school.”

But there was a decision she had to make first.

Stone, Canyon High School’s Female Athlete of the Year, was also an All-CIF Southern Section Division IIAA selection in basketball.

In her third varsity season, Stone was clearly getting better as she took command of the Cowboys’ team and guided it to a third straight Foothill League title and quarterfinal playoff appearance.

Yet Stone chose track and field over basketball, despite receiving some interest from colleges to play at the next level.

“That was one of the hardest decisions,” she said. “(Basketball) is something I’m so passionate about. I sit here and still miss playing basketball. I hope I can try and make it work in the future. It’s definitely hard. I wish I could do both, but it’s just something I had to decide.”

Stone said she told UC Riverside’s track and field coaches about her basketball desires, but as of now, she will stick with the one sport.

She will concentrate on the long jump and triple jump, but might train for the heptathlon down the road.

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