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Remontay McClain of Covina (left) edged out George Farmer of Serra (right) at the State championships last year, but at Arcadia, it was Farmer who out leaned McClain with a time of 10.62. Photo by Jason LewisDorsey’s Rashard Clark received the baton a few meters behind St. Mary’s anchor leg, but by the end of the race, Clark was a few meters ahead as Dorsey won the race with a time of 42.15. Photo by Jason Lewis Gardena Serra and Long Beach Poly dominate the night, and Dorsey made some noise as well.By Jason LewisSentinel Sports Editor
Arcadia is one of the premiere high school track meets in the nation. This past Saturday night the athletes set several national leading marks in front of a filled to capacity crowd. As expected, Gardena Serra and Long Beach Poly had athletes running in all of the sprinting events, and Dorsey gave a good performance.In the seeded men’s 4x100 meter relay, Dorsey’s anchor leg Rashard Clark received the baton a few meters behind St. Mary’s anchor leg runner, but Clark high stepped his way into the lead with about 50 meters to go and he easily crossed the finish line in first place as Dorsey ran a 42.15. Crenshaw took third in the race with a time of 42.86.In the invitational women’s 4x100 meter relay, Poly came in leading the state, and easily defeated the field with a time of 45.96. Serra came in third place with a time of 47.76.The most anticipated individual race of the event was the 100-meter dash. Covina’s Remontay McClain entered the meet as the favorite in both the 100 and 200-meter dash races, and his rival George Farmer of Serra was looking to knock McClain off. McClain defeated Farmer by one hundredth of a second at last year’s state championship meet, but at Arcadia, Farmer avenged that lost, defeating McClain by a two hundredth of a second. Farmer won the race with a time of 10.62. The 200-meter dash did not go McClain’s way either. Jared Pickering of Rancho Bernardo came off the turn behind McClain, but he just rolled on the entire field on the straight, finishing with a nation leading 21.13. McClain came in third with a 21.35.With Farmer and Pickering edging out McClain, the state finals is going to be great to see if McClain can get them both back. On the women’s side, a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois, Aaliyah Brown, won both the 100 and 200-meter dash races, with times of 11.59 and 24.13. In the men’s 400, Bernard Quinn of Vista Murrieta won with a time of 47.71. Serra’s Pete Lauderdale came in third place with a 48.64, and Dorsey’s Rashard Clark, who leads the City Section, came in fourth with a 48.78.On the women’s side, Gabrielle Scott of Woodbridge won the 400 with a 55.01. The men’s hurdles were dominated by Agoura’s Johnathan Cabral, who ran a 13.43 in the 110-meter hurdles, and a 36.42 in the 300-meter hurdles, both national leading times. On the women’s side, Trinity Wilson from St. Mary’s won the 100 meter hurdles with a 13.51, followed by Poly’s Melia Cox with a 13.83. Alyssa Monteverde of Clovis West won the women’s 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.90. The temperatures dropped as the night went on, but most of the crowd stuck around for the 4x400 relays. On the women’s side, Long Beach Poly defeated Serra a week ago at the Trabuco Hills invitational, but at Arcadia, it was all Serra. Serra opened a large lead mid way through the race and Poly was never able to close the gap. Serra won the race with a time of 3:47:12, and Poly dropped down to fourth with a time of 3:53.28. Carson took third place in the race with a time of 3:52.42.On the men’s side, in the seeded race, Dorsey had opportunities to win the race, but three collisions, two of them on the anchor leg, knocked them down to second place in the race with a time of 3:23.06. In the men’s invitational race, Poly held an early lead on Serra, but Serra gained the lead mid way through the race and never looked back. They won the race with a 3:16.59 while Poly ran a 3:18.66. Those two teams will see each other again a couple more times this season. At the end of the night, a packed crowd saw one of the greatest collection of high school track athletes in the nation, and it was well worth sitting in the cold weather to see the performances that night. There were a lot of preview races for the State championships.
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