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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
One of, if not THE, most competitive high school track and field meets in the country concluded tonight at the Arcadia Invitational, and a couple of local athletes were front and center in their events.
At the top of the list is Stockdale distance phenom Blake Haney, a junior who finished third in the 3,200 meters invitational race (the invitational is the most prestigious of the various races in each event). Haney ran a Central Section record 8:48.58 in what many considered to be the one of the toughest high school two-mile races ever, and the time proves it. Haney's time is 20 seconds faster than what any California runner had run this season coming into Arcadia, and it was four seconds faster than any other California runner tonight (the top two finishers were from Utah and Arizona).
Also making waves on Saturday were Liberty sophomore Morganne Hill, who finished third in the girls 300 hurdles invitational race, lowering her personal record to 43.26 and finishing as the top sophomore in the race, and Bakersfield junior Scotty Newton, whose 47-11.25 mark in the triple jump was good for second place.
Ridgeview senior Ivan Gonzalez was fourth in the boys 800 invitational race, though he came in ranked No. 2 in the nation. His time, 1:52.53, was about a half-second slower than his previous best.
Here are some other notable marks I found when I glossed through results. This isn't a comprehensive list of locals, just what caught my eye, so if I'm missing something notable, put in the comments below.
Brena Andrews, Independence, 11.95 girls 100, 24.56 girls 200
Independence, 47.86 girls 400 relay,
Bryn Williamson, Centennial, 11-1 girls pole vault
Kiare Tanner, Stockdale, 37-5 triple jump
Luis Matos, Golden Valley, 10.90 boys 100, 21.85 boys 200
Highland, 43.67 boys 400 relay
Joseph Munoz, Shafter, 52-5.25 boys shot put
Gabe Valov, Frontier, 52-1.5 boys shot put