Track Updates: Wilburn clears 7-4 1/4

Chico High standout only 1/4 inch off state high jump record. Click here also for state leaders as well as notes and highlights from Mt.SAC Relays and Mt. Carmel Invitational.

Dual meets have been great for Chico High high jumper Teak Wilburn. One week after taking over the state lead with a clearance of 7-2 during a dual meet against Pleasant Valley, the senior standout went over the bar at 7-4 1/4 on Wednesday during a dual meet against Foothill of Palo Cedro.

Wilburn's mark is the highest in the nation this season and is just 1/4 inch from the state record of 7-4 1/2 set in 1983 by Maurice Crumby from Balboa of San Francisco. Wilburn also is within shouting distance of the national record of 7-5 1/4 set in 1980 by Dothel Edwards from Cedar Shoals of Athens, Ga.

Wilburn, who is the defending CIF state champion, is not the only California high jumper to go over the bar at 7-0 this spring, either. Keno White from Rancho Bernardo of San Diego and newcomer T.J. Fakehinde from Eastside Christian of Fullerton also have done it.

Wilburn was not at the recent Arcadia Invitational, but White and Fakehinde were and neither won. They both cleared 6-10, but the winner was D'Ornoir Flax from Etiwanda of Rancho Cucamonga, who also cleared 6-10 but won on fewest misses.


They kept team scoring this year for the first time at the Mt. SAC Relays last weekend in Walnut and, big surprise, Long Beach Poly dominated.

In boys scoring, the Jackrabbits amassed 169 points and more than doubled up on Taft of Woodland Hills, which finished second with 58. On the girls side, coach Don Norford's juggernaut piled up 201 points and nearly tripled the second-place total of 69 by Cleveland of Reseda.

Girls standouts Shalonda Solomon and Tunisia Johnson were Poly's most noteworthy individual standouts. Solomon took first in the 100 in 11.66 seconds and anchored the 4x100 relay squad to a winning time of 45.83. That time bettered the squad's previous season best of 46.07 and is a new national best for the season. Johnson took over the national lead in the 300 hurdles with her winning time of 42.83. She also was second in the 100 hurdles in 14.32, trailing the sizzling 13.66 run by Ginnie Powell from Rainier Beach High of Seattle, Wash.

Four other national season bests also were set at this year's Mt. SAC Relays. In the girls 200, Alyson Felix from L.A. Baptist of North Hills improved slightly upon the 23.08 mark she had the week before at the Arcadia Invitational by running 23.05 at Mt. SAC. In the pole vault, Chelsea Johnson of Atascadero cleared 13-4 and missed on three attempts at a new national record of 13-9. The other two new national bests were set by the Simi Valley Royal boys distance medley relay (10:13.28) and the Woodland Hills Taft boys 800 relay (1:26.02).

At the Mt. Carmel Invitational track meet, Reggie Bush of La Mesa Helix won the 100 in 10.74 seconds and helped the Highlanders clock a meet record 41.74 in the 400 relay. Angel Perkins from Gahr of Cerritos ventured down to the meet and cruised to wins in the 100 (12.20) and 400 (55.38). Another impressive double winner was Angela Freeman from Wilson of Long Beach. She won the 200 in 24.60 and came back to beat standout Jenna Timinsky of San Dieguito Academy in the 800 in 2:14.35. Another strong mark came in the girls shot put as Sweetwater's Marie Taumua won the a heave of 46-2.

Reported State

Track Leaders

(Full credit to the Los Angeles Times and its terrific track coverage led by John Ortega and Mike Kennedy; all we did for this list was add first names and update any performances from last weekend; all times fully automatic; wind-aided marks listed when superior to top legal mark; through reported meets of April 20)

Boys Events

100 -- Garry Jones (Skyline, Oakland) 10.45, Matt Bruno (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo) 10.45w.

200 -- Reggie Bush (Helix, La Mesa) 21-11.

400 -- Blake Mackey (Bakersfield) 47.69.

800 -- Travis Patterson (Royal, Simi Valley) 1:53.89.

1600 -- Phillip Reid (Rio Mesa, Oxnard) 4:12.25.

3200 -- Tim Nelson (Taft) 8:54.85.

110HH -- Thomas Mack (Bakersfield) 14.04.

300IH -- Thomas Mack (Bakersfield) 37.28.

400 Relay -- Long Beach Poly 40.96.

1600 Relay -- Long Beach Poly 3:13.30.

HJ -- Teak Wilburn (Chico) 7-2.

PV -- David Murphy (Arroyo Grande) 16-0.

LJ -- Demitrius Ragland (Tulare Western) 24-0.

TJ -- Keno White (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) 48-8.

SP -- Noah Bryant (Carpinteria) 65-11.

DT -- Jared Morgan (La Quinta) 197-10.

Girls Events

100 -- Alyson Felix (L.A. Baptist, North Hills) 11.54.

200 -- Alyson Felix (L.A. Baptist, North Hills) 23.05.

400 -- Angel Perkins (Gahr, Cerritos) 54.22, Tracee Thomas (J.W. North, Riverside) 54.22 (indoors).

800 -- Jenna Timinsky (San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas) 2:09.59.

1600 -- Liza Pasciuto (Murrieta Valley, Murrieta) 4:53.12.

3200 -- Amber Trotter (Ukiah) 10:20.5.

100HH -- Talia Stewart (James Logan, Union City) 14.15.

300LH -- Tunisia Johnson (Poly, Long Beach) 42.5.

400 Relay -- Long Beach Poly 45.83.

1600 Relay -- Long Beach Poly 3:39.13.

HJ -- Chaunte Howard (J.W. North, Riverside) 6-0, Kaylene Wagner (Dos Pueblos, Goleta) 6-0.

PV -- Chelsea Johnson (Arroyo Grande) 13-4.

LJ -- Chaunte Howard (J.W. North, Riverside) 19-7 3/4.

TJ -- Michelle Sanford (Woodbridge, Irvine) 41-9.

SP -- Rachel Varner (Bakersfield) 48-4 1/2.

DT -- Rachel Varner (Bakersfield) 178-0.

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