Raymond Bozmans of Fort Collins, CO, won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.41, which tied the fastest time in the nation this year. Photo by Jason Lewis
Aaliyah Brown traveled from Illinois for the second consecutive year, and again she took home both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Photo by Jason LewisTop high school sprinters run some of the fastest times in the nationBy Jason LewisSentinel Sports Writer
“The Stars come out at night… at the Arcadia Invitational!” Track and field fans that were in attendance on Saturday night can attest to that slogan as a number of the best times in the nation were recorded at the event. Raymond Bozmans from Fort Collins, CO, tied the fastest time in the nation when he ran a winning time of 10.41 in the 100-meter dash. The girl also blazed the track in the 100-meter dash, as the top four finishers all ran times in the top 10 in the nation. Aaliyah Brown traveled from Chicago a year ago to appear at this invitational as a sophomore and won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Brown produced the same results from a year ago, as she won the 100 with a time of 11.48. Even with the fast field, Brown won the 100 convincingly, but in the 200, Long Beach Poly’s Arianna Washington, a sophomore, ran even with Brown, but Brown edged her out, winning with a time of 23.96. Washington ran a time of 23.97. Brown’s 200 time is the second fastest in the nation, while Washington’s time is the third fastest in the nation. The 400-meter dash was just as hot for both the boys and the girls. In the boys’ invitational race, Champ Page from Dr. Henry Wise, MD., won the race with a time of 47.31, the fourth fastest in the nation this year. Coming in third place in that race was Dorsey’s Rashard Clark, who placed second at the California State finals last year as junior. Clark may have finished third at Arcadia with a time of 47.54, but he ran the fastest time out of any California athlete in the race. At this point he is the favorite to take the state title. Carson’s Elisha Toler won the seeded 400-meter dash with a time of 48.52.In the girl’s race, Shamier Little from Linblom, IL, ran the second fastest time in the nation with a winning time of 53.79. Chimere Ezumah of Serra took second in the race with a time of 55.75, and Hollie Harris of Long Beach Poly took fourth with a time of 56.71. In the girl’s 100-meter hurdles, Long Beach Poly’s Traci Hicks easily won with a time of 13.63, one of the fastest in the nation. In the boy’s 110-meter hurdles, Devon Allen from Brophy Prep, AZ, won with a time of 13.52. Allen was the athlete of the meet, as he also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 36.39, and he edged out Bozmans, the winner of the 100, in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.10. Bozmans ran a 21.11. Allen’s time was the second fastest in the nation this year, and Bozmans ran the third fastest time. Coming in third place was Ronald Darby of Potomac, MD, who ran the fourth fastest time in the nation with a 21.35. The boy’s 4x100 meter relay featured seven teams that ran in the 41-second range. Brophy Prep, AZ, that had Allen on the team, won the invitational race with a time of 41.15. Oaks Christian came in second place with at time of 41.48. Long Beach Poly and Serra both ran in the 41-second range. In the girls’ race, Long Beach Poly won going away with a time of 46.13, the fourth fastest time in the nation. In the 4x400 relay, Long Beach Poly’s boys’ team came up the winner, coming in with a time of 3:18.55. Carson crossed the finish line in second place, but they were disqualified because their second leg runner ran on the line before he could cut in. Dorsey came in third place, and Serra fifth place. On the girls’ side, Serra ran the fourth fastest time in the nation with a winning time of 3:47.18. St. Mary’s Academy, in Inglewood, came in second place with a 3:47.68, the sixth fastest time in the nation. Long Beach Poly came in third place with a time of 3:52.27.
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