37th Arcadia Invitational
Apr 9-10, 2004 at Arcadia HS, Arcadia CA
a DyeStat featured meet

Event Summary
Invitational Div winners, and capsule comments.

Sat. Invitational
Saturday Open
Friday night

Photo Albums
Friday Night
Saturday Boys
Saturday Girls

Notes & quotes
by Ricky Quintana
Friday Boys
Friday Girls


Prior Years

the meet's own
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This is a new sign on the first turn at Arcadia. The meet was just over an hour old when the Poly Long Beach CA girls added a record to the list with a blazing 1:33.87 run in the 4x200.
Poly Long Beach girls sweep relays from 4x100 to 4x800, with one national record and two US#6 all time marks - Shalonda Solomon 11.50 US#1 - Elzie Coleman doubles 200-400 - Katelyn Kaltenbach over Zoe Nelson in great battle of Foot Locker champs - Ryan Deak catches Laef Barnes in mile - Andrew Bumbalough 8:49.87 beats Shadrack Kiptoo in super 2-mile - Nicole Leach 53.58 - Erica McLain 43-0.5 TJ - Dan Hutson 1:51.79 - Nate Rolfe 204-0 first throw discus win - Poly Long Beach boys win 4x400 finale over Glenville OH by 0.002 - Don Lugo CA boys double in 4-Mile relay and DMR.

John Dye's Photo Albums - 104 action shots

Ricky Quintana's Saturday Notes and Quotes What the athletes said afterwards. Nicole Schappert: "Wow, that’s Zoe Nelson and that’s Katelyn Kaltenbach and I’m here. It was so much fun."

National record 1:33.87 4x200
for Poly Long Beach CA girls

Shana Solomon and Jasmine Lee opened up a big lead by halfway, and Shana Woods and Shalonda Solomon (left) turned it into a complete rout. As Solomon streaked across the finish line, her teammates shrieked and rushed to embrace her when they saw the finish line clock. Poly crushed a good West Catholic PA team 1:40.34, and the national record set just last year by Alief Elsik TX was lowered by 0.64 second. :Poly girls also won the 4x800, and the Poly boys won the 1600 sprint medley.

That great 2-mile between Katelyn Kaltenbach 10:20.39 and Zoe Nelson 10:23.70. The past two Foot Locker cross country national champions dogged each other the entire race, taking turns setting the pace. There were three lead changes on the final lap alone, Kaltenbach taking the lead at the bell, Nelson surging in front on the bacfkstretch, and Kaltenback making the winning move on the far turn. Nelson told Ricky Quinjtana she is working on "the head part" of running. Kaltenbach is looking for a faster time, with older sister Megan Kaltenbach's 10:11 Colorado state 3200m record time in sight.

Boys 2 mile - Andrew Bumbalough TN took the measure of favored Shadrack Kiptoo NM on the seventh lap and drew away for a convincing win. With six runners under 9 minutes, it may not have been as good as last year's "best ever" 3200 meter, but it was awfully close.

Boys Mile - Ryan Deak (red) and Laef Barnes ("MEAD"), the fastest miler of the year in the US, were side by side at the bell. Barnes surged ahead on the backstretch and appeared the winner. But Deak came back in the stretch to win. "I knew something was going on when I hear the crowd roar," Barnes said.

3 great anchors in 4x400 finish: Poly Long Beach's Derrick Jones outleans Glenville OH's Ted Ginn by 0.002 second with Newburgh NY's Elzie Coleman just 0.48 behind after coming from fifth place. It was a superbly thrilling finish to the meet in the 165th event. of the two days. It took Erik Pederson's fine timing crew 10 minutes to determine the winner after studying the pictures of cameras on each side of the track.

Erica McLain: The Plano East TX star is one of only four US high school girls ever to soar over 43 feet in the triple jump, and she did it again here at 43-0.5. Erica has chosen Stanford for her college next year.



John Dye's
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104 action shots


When the lights come on, the stars come out - That's the Arcadia slogan that has come true every April for many years as the Star Spangled Banner at twilight (below) signals the end of the Open session and the start of the star-spangled Invitational session. California's great athletes take on the best of the rest of the country. That collision has produced 21 national records and 79 future US Olympians. In recent years, the 3200 meters has become a signature event as Megan Kaltenbach and Chris Solinsky burst into the national limelight in races that produced the fastest times of the year from the deepest quality fields that anyone could remember. But the sprints are striking back with the likes of Allyson Felix (matching Marion Jones' 100-200 threepeat), Shalonda Solomon (leading Poly Long Beach's record setting squad to four relay wins), and Xavier Carter (first 100-200-400 triple ever at Arcadia). Felix's 2003 Arcadia launched a season that led to the World Championships in Paris and a professional contract. Solomon and Carter should return this year.

The 3200 is becoming a signature event for Arcadia, with the fastest race of the season in the US the norm. The 2003 boys 3200, won by Chris Solinsky (8:43.24) for the second straight year, was called the best ever, with 11 runners under 9 minutes. There were 31 runners under 9:20 in the Invitational and Seeded races combined.



photo by Mike Leary



Doug Speck -- guru of high school track, race announcer, and athletic director of Arcadia HS -- profiles some of the fabulous matchups in the 2004 Arcadia Invitational

  • Discus - Arcadia is record land for high school discus. The last two record setters in both boys and girls discus reached their pinnacle at Arcadia. This year, there are four 200 foot plus throwers, including Leif Arrhenius, whose brother Nik set the existing national record with his last throw of 234-3 in 2001.
  • Girls 800 - 2004 Track and Field News indoor athlete of the year Devon Williams MD (a freshman) bids to end Mountain View UT star Heidi Magill's 2-straight Arcadia streak. Philadelphia star Latavia Thomas is also in the mix.
  • Girls Triple Jump - four terrific triple jumpers will face off: Erica McLain TX, one of four HS girls ever to sail beyond 43 feet; Brittany Daniels CA 42-8.75w, #4 all time in California; Lauren Stewart TN 41-7.75, national indoor leader (by 1.25 inch over McLain); and Gayle Hunter CA, MVP of the Mobile Challenge of Champions, where she jumped 41-1.

Prior Years on DyeStat

  • 2003 - The X-man Xavier Carter sweeps the 100, 200, and 400, first time that's ever been done at Arcadia. Allyson Felix wins the 100 and 200 for the third straight year, matching Marion Jones' feat. Poly Long Beach girls win four relays, with USR in 800 SMR. Chris Solinsky dominates best boys 3200 ever. Megan Kaltenbach threepeats in girls 3200.
  • 2002 - Allyson Felix double 11.54 and 23.08. Chris Solinsky 8:48.44 3200m. Heidi Magill 2:06.34
  • 2001 - Alan Webb runs away from star studded mile field in last 200 meters. Soph Megan Kaltenbach wins first of three straight Arcadia 3200's.
  • 2000 - Ricky Harris 13.51 110H and 47.04 400m and Lashinda Demus 40.97 300H. Ale Barrientos 4:46.60 mile.
  • 1999 - Casey Combest vanquished in Darrell Rideaux's lions den. Erica Whipple 11.57 and 23.46. Coming out party for soph Ale Barrientos 4:47.94 1600m.


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