Crenshaw's Thomas, Dorsey's Harris among favorites at Birmingham HS
The City Section's fastest and strongest will gather at Birmingham High School today for the section track-and-field preliminaries.
It's expected to be a three-team race in the boys' field between Crenshaw, Taft and last year's champion Dorsey while Carson is expected to break Birmingham's hold on the girls' team title.
The two biggest stars to keep an eye will be Crenshaw sophomore DeAnthony Thomas and Taft junior D.J. Morgan. Morgan was a three-time City champion last year, winning the 100 meters and both hurdles (110 and 300 meters), and will be the favorite to repeat in the hurdles after winning league with the City's fastest times this year. (14.35 and 39.79 seconds, respectively)
Thomas could be in line to repeat Morgan's feat last year as he won the 100 and 200 at the Coliseum League championships last weekend (10.69 and 21.85, respectively). His 100-winning time is the fastest in the City this year. Last year, as a freshman, Thomas was a combined .07 from achieving the double.
He also helped lead the Cougars' 4 x 100m relay team to a league title with the third-fastest time in the state (41.35). But the main battle at City will come in the 4 x 400m relay where the Cougars barely held off rival Dorsey by .08 at the league finals.
The 4 x 400m relay has always been the icing of a great day and with great squads coming from Narbonne, Washington and Birmingham, it should be interesting to see where all five teams will place in the finals.
The Dons will bring their own top hurdler in senior Jeremy Harris, who won both hurdles titles at the league finals (14.46 and 40.68, respectively). Harris finished third in the 110 last year and could give Morgan a push in that event. He'll also have to hold off teammate Bejon Bryant in the 300 as Bryant finished .04 behind Harris in league.
Contenders in the long jump include Crenshaw senior Antwan Titus (21 feet-5.5 inches) and L.A. Jordan junior DeShawn Beck, who won the Eastern League title with a jump of 21-4. Crenshaw's Moriah Johnson will be the favorite in the high jump (6-6) after finishing second last year.
Manual Arts senior Terrance Conway will be the favorite in the 400 after posting the City's fastest time (49.00) in the league championship.