Canogo Park’s Randy Uzoma (left) edged out South East’s Robert Lewis in the 100-meter dash at the City prelim meet. Uzoma ran the fastest qualifying time at 10.98, Lewis is second at 11.00. Photo by Jason Lewis
Washington’s Nashay Shaw ran away with her heat in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.40. But that is the second fastest qualifying time. The fastest was by defending 100 and 200-meter dash champion Lexis Lambert from Taft. Lambert ran a 12.30. Lambert also leads the field in the 200-meter dash, with Shaw right behind her. Photo by Jason Lewis
Carson’s Eli’sha Toler coasted to a victory in his heat of the 400-meter dash. His time of 48.57 was the third fastest of the day. He is competing with Dorsey’s Rashard Clark, who won the City title last year and has one of the fastest times in the state this year, and Taft’s Anthony Fowler, who ran the fastest time of the day, clocking in with a 47.99. Photo by Jason Lewis
The City Section’s fastest athletes will compete on Wednesday at the City Finals at Birmingham High School
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
The top track and field athletes in the City Section will compete for championships, and for a ticket to the State finals next week.
Dorsey’s boy’s 4×100 meter relay team leads the field with a qualifying time from the City prelim meet last Thursday of 42.46. Taft is right behind them with a 42.53 and so is Carson with a 42.87.
El Camino Real qualified for the finals with the fastest time in the girl’s 4×100 meter relay with a time of 47.71, which is ahead of Carson’s 48.23 and Taft’s 48.26.
The boy’s 4×400 meter relay will be one of the best races of the meet. Dorsey usually wins this race, and they have the fastest qualifying time of 3:21.64, but they have gone faster than that this year. Monroe has the second fastest time with a 3:22.97, followed by Taft and Washington. Carson qualified with the 8th fastest time, but they did not have their complete team on the track, but they should compete with Dorsey for the race.
On the girl’s side, Carson is nearly five seconds ahead of the next fastest team.
In the individual races, the boy’s 400-meter dash looks like the best race of the day. Dorsey’s Rashard Clark looks to defend his title from last year, and he’s looking to win the State title this year. Last year he finished second at the State meet. Taft’s Anthony Fowler qualified with the fastest time by running a 47.99, but Clark has run in the 47-second range already this year. He qualified with a 48.57 as he cruised to a victory in his heat. Carson’s Eli’sha Toler will also be in the mix, as he qualified with a time of 48.40.
On the girl’s side, Taft’s Tatiana McCoy, who finished 3rd at last year’s City finals, leads the way with a time of 57.54, but she has run in the 56 second range this season. Behind her is El Camino’s Rochelle Nadreau with a qualifying time of 57.77.
The girl’s 100-meter dash looks like it will be close, with Taft’s Lexis Lambert, last year’s champion in the 100 and 200, leading the way with a time of 12.30. Washington’s Nashay Shaw is not far behind with a time of 12.40.
On the boy’s side Locke’s Devonte O’Connor was the favorite coming into the City meet with a Coliseum League qualifying time of 10.73, but in the City prelims he ran an 11.03, which is the fourth fastest time heading into the finals. Canoga Park’s Randy Uzoma leads the way with a 10.98, South East’s Robert Lewis and Granada’s Sam Marshall both ran 11.00.
Dorsey’s Clark is looking to double in the boy’s 400 and 200, and he has the fastest qualifying time in both races. In the 200-meter dash he leads the way with a time of 22.07. His teammate Lee Lawson is right behind him with a 22.10, and Granada’s Marshall has a 22.11. Clark and Marshall have both run sub 22-second times this season.
On the girl’s side, Taft’s Lambert is also looking for a double for a second straight year. She leads the way in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.05, which is ahead of Washington’s Shaw, who has a time of 25.22.
In the hurdles, Dorsey’s boys look like they will take the top two places in the 110-meter hurdles. Reggie Bell is the clear favorite with a time of 14.70, and Te’von Mitchell has the second fastest time with a 15.10. Mitchell has run in the 14-second range this season, so this should be a good race. If Mitchell does not get it done in the high hurdles, he still has a chance in the 300-meter hurdles, as his time of 39.72 is second to Bell’s Irvin Ruano, who has a time of 39.64.
On the girl’s side, Carson’s Dayna Hurd, who won the City title last year as a sophomore, leads the way in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.03, and she’ll get competition from Sylmar’s Liliana Lopez, who has a time of 46.35. In the 110-meter hurdles, Birmingham’s Hillary Hill, who took 2nd place last year in the City finals, may run away with the race, as she has a leading time of 15.02, which is ahead of El Camino’s Jessica Mills’ time of 15.55.
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