Prelims are this Thursday, with the championships next Thursday at Birmingham High School.
Dorsey swept the hurdles last year, with Reggie Bell (5) leading the way. Bell is back this year, and his 14.03 time is one of the fastest in the nation. Photo by Jason Lewis
Carson’s Dayna Hurd has won the girl’s 300-meter hurdles the past two years, and she leads the City Section again this year. Photo by Jason Lewis
Granada Hill’s Sam Marshall narrowly won the 100-meter dash last year, and he is back to defend his title. But two El Camino Real sprinters are slightly ahead of him this year. Marshall leads the City Section in the 200-meter dash. Photo by Jason Lewis
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
The City Section is gearing up for the City Finals in track and field, and for some athletes, they are looking to repeat as champions.
Dorsey swept the boy’s 110-meter hurdles last year, with Reggie Bell leading the way with a time of 14.69. Bell is back and better than before, as he has led the state in the race this season. With a best time of 14.03 this year, he is by far the clear-cut favorite in this event, as he ranks in the top 20 of the nation.
Also in the hurdles, Carson’s Dayna Hurd looks to make it a 3-peat in the girl’s 300-meter hurdles. Last year she won the event with a time of 44.89. So far this year she has run a 43.69, which leads the City Section.
In the boy’s 100-meter dash, Granada Hills’ Sam Marshall won the race last year with a time of 10.88. So far this year he has run 10.86, but that puts him behind two El Camino Real sprinters. Marcos Ferrufino leads the way with a time of 10.78, and teammate Jeremy Boateng is second with a 10.84. Last year Marshall finished 3rd in the 200-meter dash. This year he leads the City Section with a time of 21.89.
In the relay races, Dorsey’s boy’s teams won both last year, like they do most years. This year does not look any different. Their 4×400-meter relay team is one of the best in the state, with a best time of 3:15.92, and Billy Vaughn has the fastest 400 time in the city at 48.67.
In the field events, Narbonne’s Ashley Anderson won the triple jump as a sophomore last year, with a mark of 37-00.00. This year she has jumped 38-00.00, which is second in the City Section. Carson’s Marielle Owens leads the city in the event with a jump of 38-02.00.