San Jose — Before he sets out for college in a couple of weeks, Ralphy Smith probably will begin his days as a sophomore at De La Salle High. Smith finished sixth in the CIF NorCal Division I decathlon on Jan. 23 in Sacramento. The UC Santa Barbara-bound Smith finished with 3,304 points. He placed 24th at the state championships in Sacramento in 2018.
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De La Salle High is not the only California school with college-bound athletes. Here is a short look at some local high school students who are heading out to college to complete their education.
Alexander Rios (BYU)
Rios led Salesian High to the Div. IV NorCal championship in the 4×400 relay at the state championships. Rios also won the Division IV individual 800 with a time of 1:50.30. Rios runs track at Fresno High.
Michael Simon (UNLV)
Simon led Monte Vista High to the Open Division team title at the state championships. Simon was also a member of the Mustangs’ 400 relay team that had the fastest time in the nation (43.16). Simon also ran for Monte Vista’s championship 4×400 relay team.
Julian Sigler (Hawaii)
Sigler ran on the last of three Mt. Pleasant teams that won a section championship last year. Sigler set meet records in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters last year. Sigler attends Hawaii Pacific University.
Elijah Washington (Colorado State)
Washington ran on the Los Gatos High football team that won the CCS Div. I championship in the past two seasons. Washington, a linebacker, was also a member of the Los Gatos wrestling team that won a section title in 2015. Washington is majoring in mechanical engineering at Colorado State.