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Servite’s Max Thomas wins 100 and 200 at Arcadia Invitational



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With greater than 7,000 spectators packed into the Arcadia Excessive bleachers, the most important crowd to see an Arcadia Invitational since 2001 when miler Alan Webb was energizing followers to like highschool monitor and discipline, Saturday’s 54th version offered the right setting for USC-bound sprinter Max Thomas of Anaheim Servite to point out off his rocket-like pace in a loaded 100 meters.

Thomas obtained out of the blocks robust, and that meant nobody was going to catch him. “As soon as I get to my prime pace, I really feel it’s over,” he mentioned.

He received in 10.40 seconds, defeating fellow Trinity League sprinter Rayshon Luke of Bellflower St. John Bosco (10.45). Jaelon Barbarin of Simi Valley (10.50) was third and Rodrick Nice of Gardena Serra (10.51) completed fourth. Later within the evening, Thomas received the 200 in 20.97.

To turn out to be the quickest sprinter in California, Thomas gave up taking part in soccer this fall to work on his monitor type. He deliberate to concentrate on the 400 this season, then modified his thoughts after working a quick 100 throughout a meet at Redondo Union. “OK, it seems like I ought to be working the 100,” he informed himself.

Now he has stamped himself because the one to beat for a state championship subsequent month. It nonetheless received’t be simple in a 12 months with plenty of runners working quick occasions, however he mentioned, “I’m making a press release immediately for me.”

Within the discipline occasions, nobody was higher than senior JC Stevenson of Temecula Nice Oak. He received the lengthy leap with an effort of 24 ft, 9½ inches and in addition took the triple leap at 48-3. His older brother, CJ, was a two-time state champion at Nice Oak.

What made this Arcadia Invitational completely different from final 12 months’s occasion was shifting on from COVID-19 protocols. Out-of-town and out-of-state opponents couldn’t compete in 2021. This time, athletes from Idaho, Texas, Washington, Arizona and Georgia received occasions.

Within the ladies’ competitors, freshman Sadie Engelhardt of Ventura set a meet document in successful the mile in 4:35.16.

Georgia commit Autumn Wilson from St. Dominic Savio in Austin, Texas, received the 100 in 11.49 and the 200 in 23.68. Twin sisters Amanda and Hana Moll from Capital Excessive in Olympia, Wash., completed first and second within the pole vault at 14-4 and 13-10, respectively.

Dalia Frias of Manhattan Seaside Mira Costa introduced the group to their ft working a meet-record time of 9:55.50 to win the women’ 3,200.

Within the 400, junior Dijon Stanley of Granada Hills completed second to Avaunt Ortiz of Tucson McClintock. Ortiz ran 47.22 and Stanley rallied from lane No. 8 to complete in 47.26.

“The end was all coronary heart,” he mentioned. “Final 12 months I didn’t make this. I didn’t are available in first place, however the feeling is superb.”

Stanley is a one-man cheering part for Metropolis Part sports activities. “Individuals overlook the Metropolis Part,” he mentioned.

Earlier Saturday, senior Christoper Goode of Santa Clarita West Ranch improved his greatest time within the 400 by greater than two seconds in successful his open race in a scorching 47.05, one of the best time of the day or evening. He moved to the world from Chester, Va., two years in the past. He completed third within the 400 final season in Division 2. His greatest time had been 48.64. He appeared to love the new circumstances through the day meet.

“It was scorching scorching,” he mentioned.

Within the boys’ 3,200, the Newbury Park duo of Colin Sahlman and Leo Younger had fairly a duel earlier than Sahlman prevailed in 8:34.99. Younger ran 8:35.72.