TWO MORE NATIONAL RECORDS FALL AT ARCADIA

The nation's best in-season track meet sees legend status grow for L.A. Baptist's Allyson Felix as well as for Florida sprinter Xavier Carter. Click here as well for list of event-by-event leaders for the state so far this spring. Photo by Kirby Lee/The Sporting Image.

The Arcadia Invitational prides itself as the Home of National Records. The 36th annual running of the high school meet at Arcadia High School in Southern California on April 11-12 lived up to those expectations with national records by Long Beach Poly in the girls 800-meter sprint medley and J.W. North of Riverside in the 400-meter shuttle hurdle relay.

In the sprint medley, the Long Beach Poly quartet of sisters Shana and Shalonda Solomon, Dominique Dorsey and Jasmine Lee timed 1:38.73 to shatter the previous mark of 1:42.08 set by Berkeley in the 2000 Mt. San Antonio College Relays.

Shana Solomon and Dominique Dorsey ran the first two 100-meter legs with Lee running the 200. Shalonda Solomon, a member of the U.S. bronze medal 400 relay in the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships, brought the Jackrabbits in with a 51.4 anchor lap over 400 meters.

The same four also combined to run 45.01 in the 400-meter relay to move into second on the all-time U.S. high school list.

Poly's track team was no doubt running with thoughts of head coach Don Norford on its collective minds. Norford's wife, Carol, died one week earlier from cardiac arrest.

Look for the Jackrabbits to really make a push on more national records when they go to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia in two weeks. The Penn Relays usually brings in junior national teams from Jamaica and other Caribbean island nations so it should be the toughest competition the Jackrabbits will face this year (other than from their rivals, of course, from Long Beach Wilson).

Riverside North was equally impressive in the shuttle hurdles. Gayle Hunter, Dominique Manning, Lili Calhoun and Ashlee Brown ran 57.49 in the seldom run event to take down the standard of 58.89 set by Palm Beach Lakes (Fla.) in 1998.

The performances marked the 20th and 21st national records in the country's premier in-season high school competition that has produced 79 United States Olympians during its history, including world champions Marion Jones, Gail Devers, Inger Miller and Mike Powell.

Athlete of the meet winners Allyson Felix of Los Angeles Baptist (Calif.) and Xavier Carter of Palm Beach (Fla.) may be the next to join the list of Arcadia Olympians.

Felix won the 100-meter dash in a wind-aided 11.20 and took the 200 in 22.97 to win the events for the third year in a row. Felix, a 200-meter semifinalist in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham (England) last month, joined Jones as the only girl to win three consecutive Arcadia 100 and 200 titles. Felix's mark in the 100 (aided by a 3.1 mps gust) was the fastest in meet history under any conditions.

"It's definitely different returning (from the world championships) to high school competition," Felix said. "I feel like I have a lot more experience now and feel more comfortable coming to meets like this. Arcadia has always been a really fun meet to run at."

Carter became the first athlete to win the 100, 200 and 400 in the same year at Arcadia. He ran a meet record 10.38 in the 100, 20.85 in the 200 and 46.72 in the 400, all within a two-hour span. Carter's 200 mark was run in a drizzle and 1.0 mps headwind.

The only reason Carter might not be an Olympian is because he'll be busy in the NFL. The 6-2, 185-pounder is widely regarded as one of the nation's top football recruits for the Class of 2004. He plays wide receiver and his Palm Bay High team was one of the best in powerful Florida last season.

In one of the most anticipated events, Chris Solinsky of Stevens Point (WI) held off Brent Vaughn of Smoky Hill (CO), 8:43.24 to 8:45.60, in a race in which 11 runners ran under nine minutes despite a steady downpour.

Mike Morrison of Willingboro (NJ), a school attended by Carl Lewis, cleared a meet record 7-3 in the high jump for a yearly national leader.

The Arcadia track meet also is a great place to start compiling lists of the top track times and marks every season. Many of the performances will stand up right up until the CIF state meet in June and a few will stand up as bests for the entire season, including the state meet.

State Track Leaders

(CIF state track meet events only; w=wind-aided; fully electronic marks only; wind-aided marks listed when superior to best known legal mark; indoor meets not included; through April 12 using various sources on dyestatcal.com)

Boys

100 -- Derrick Jones (Poly, Long Beach) 10.44*

200 -- Lionel Larry (Dominguez, Compton) 21.10

400 -- DeSean Cunningham (University City, San Diego) 47.58*

800 -- Duane Solomon (Cabrillo, Lompoc) 1:51.19*

1600 -- Phillip Reid (Rio Mesa, Oxnard) 4:09.44

3200 -- Manuel Ruiz (Monroe, Sepulveda) 8:55.80*

110 HH -- Kevin Craddock (Logan, Union City) 14.13w; Thomas Mack (Bakersfield) 14.18

300 IH -- Craig Woods (Dominguez, Compton) 37.50*

400 Relay -- Poly (Long Beach) 41.40*

1600 Relay -- Poly (Long Beach) 3:14.60

HJ -- Zach Ryan (Garces, Bakersfield) 7-0

PV -- Anthony Wilcher (Chino) 15-6; Billy Matthies (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) 15-6; Donny Appanaitis (Loyola, Los Angeles) 15-6

LJ -- Demetrius Westbrooks (Morse, San Diego) 24-6

TJ -- Angelo Jeffrey (Logan, Union City) 48-9 1/2

SP -- John Caulfield (La Salle, Pasadena) 62-6

DT -- Nik Kay (Los Gatos) 189-7

Girls

100 -- Allyson Felix (L.A. Baptist, North Hills) 11.29*

200 -- Allyson Felix (L.A. Baptist, North Hills) 22.97*

100 -- Allyson Felix (L.A. Baptist, North Hills) 52.26

800 -- Kelly McCann (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad) 2:10.45*

1600 -- Amanda Thornberry (Valley Christian, San Jose) 4:49.93*

3200 -- Claire Ruthmeier (San Pasqual Academy, Escondido) 10:27.70*

100 LH -- Ashlee Brown (J.W. North, Riverside) 13.86

300 LH -- MacKenzie Hill (Wilson, Long Beach) 42.67

400 Relay -- Poly (Long Beach) 45.01*

1600 Relay -- Wilson (Long Beach) 3:40.41

PV -- Kira Costa (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) 13-0

HJ -- Sharon Day (Costa Mesa) 6-2

LJ -- Gayle Hunter (J.W. North, Riverside) 20-8

3/4w, 19-10 3/4*; Renee Williams (Skyline, Oakland) 19-10 3/4

TJ -- Brittany Daniels (Merrill West, Tracy) 42-7w, 42-0*

SP -- Jessica Pressley (Laguna Creek, Elk Grove) 49-10 1/4*

DT -- Billie Jo Grant (Arroyo Grande) 183-6

*Established at 37th annual Arcadia Invitational


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