Boys 100 Meters
A top group would dash here. Arcadia Invite and Open winners Phil
Francis (Fairfax, LA) and Rod Martin (Western, Las Vegas), both
in the mid-10.80's were next to each other. After 40 meters here
the action was settled, with Francis off to the races, rocketing
a 10.52 with wind legal conditions. The shocking time is the =#4
time in the nation and easily the fastest time run in California
for the year. As Mike Kennedy of Track & Field News said, "We
have a sprinter!"
Interview: Phillip Francis
Thoughts into this race, "I wanted to improve today towards
my goal of a State Championship."
Fairfax does not have the track tradition that some other schools
do, and how has he developed the confidence to compete with the
athletes at the top level as he has, "It is my personality
to run to my maximum, and not choose the minimum in any area of
Asked his goal for this meet, "To run 10.3."
His mind set going into Arcadia (previous weekend where he handily
taken both the State's best in both the 100 and 200), "To survive,"
asked what that meet did for him, "It showed me my potential
and gave me confidence. It forced me to try harder in practice and
to push myself beyond what I had done before. The meet last weekend
and this weekend are part of a progression to the State Championships."
Other sports, "I play football, and was a tailback on the Varsity
team this past Fall. I gained 760 yards. Our team record was not
that good this year, but we are a good program, and in a couple
of years they will be a super team."
College plans, "I do want to go to a four year school. I hope
to do football and track in college. I like Idaho State at this
Family members in sports, "My mom was very athletic and did
a number of sports basketball, volleyball, and track and field.
Both my parents are from Jamaica. I was born in the U.S. and am
a United States citizen."
Goals for the end of the season, "To win the State Meet, but
also to have fun! I would like to run 10.28 for the 100 meters and
20.8 for the 200."
With that we let Phillip go stay warm for the 200.
Philip Francis of Fairfax (gold and red) starts
his sprint double, matching his performance at Arcadia last week.
Invite 26A - 1. Phillip Francis (Fairfax, LA) 10.52 (wind
+0.3), 2. Wes Felix (Valenica) 10.75, 3. Rodney Martin (Western,
Las Vegas) 10.78, 4. Chreston Anderson (Poly, LB) 10.85, 5. Chris
Singleton (Etiwanda) 11.05, 6. Corey Lenaris (Santa Monica) 11.09.
(26B) 1. Vedell Lewis (Poly, Long Beach) 10.82 (+1.9), 2.
Ron Hill (Walnut) 10.83, 3. Brandon Allen (Santa Monica) 10.88,
4. Bryn Davis (Mojave, Las Vegas) 10.96, 5. D'Aire D'Artagnan (West
Covina) 11.00, 6. Mei Fei (China) 11.01, 7. Brandon Crawford (Inglewood)
(26C) 1. Nathan Taylor (Comox Valley, Canada) 10.68 (+1.5),
2. Vince Miller (Poly, Long Beach) 11.10.
Boys 200 Meters
Phillip Francis of Fairfax jumped
on this event right from the start, having a full three meter lead
as the group came into the homestretch. Pressing hard the entire
way, Francis went into the tape a big 21.04 winner with 3.4 meters
per second of aiding wind. He would later split a 47.8 on the 4x400
(51B) 1. Mario Trillo (Mexico) 21.47w (+4.4 mps), 2. Marion
Bassani (Irvine) 21.54w, 3. Nathan Taylor (Comox Valley) 21.85w,
4. Paul Smith (Western, LV) 22.15w.
*(51C) 1. Darren Brock (Rialto) 21.91w (+2.4), 2. Chris Singleton
(Etiwanda) 22.20w, 3. Rafuel Bolton (Washington, LA) 22.27w, 4.
Chris Clare (Comox, Canada) 22.42w, 5. Ken Hughes (East Union) 22.46w
Philip Francis (center, gold and red) completes
a sprint double for the second straight week (Arcadia last week)
(Inv 51A) 1. Phillip Francis
(Fairfax, LA) 21.04w (+3.4), 2. Rodney Martin (Western, LV) 21.35w,
3. Ruben Chavez (Mexico) 21.49w, 4. Jason Lovell (Cleveland, Reseda)
21.54w, 5. Robby Hambleton (Loyola, LA) 21.68w, 6. Gilbert Gregg
(Mullen, Denver) 21.78w, 7. Damaine Reed (Carson) 21.79w, 8. Wes
Felix (Valencia) 21.81w.
Boys 400 Meters
Darren Brock (Rialto) was out very quick, with Randy Bundy (Cleveland,
Reseda) in land 6 out hard. Into the homestretch Bundy and Brock were
even, with Bundy strongest on the run-in. Dominic Roux (Westchester, LA)
moved strongly to get up to second, with the Serra (Gardena) soph transfer
ending second at 49.25.
(24A) 1. Randy Bundy (Cleveland, Reseda) 48.84, 2. Dominic
Roux (Westchester) 49.25, 3. Darren Brock (Rialto) 49.32, 4. Walton Dijon
(Poly, LB) 49.70, 5. David Hill (Poly, LB) 50.20.
(24B) 1. Avantae Arrington (Carson) 50.40, 2. DeAngelo Davies (University
City, SD) 51.16, 3. Demetrius Williams (De la Salle, Concord) 51.88.
Boys 110 meter Hurdles
A great group had Chris Johnson (Arlington,
Riverside) out well, with Jeff Hunter (Granite Hills, El Cajon)
closing down until half-way where he clobbered a hurdle, and walked
through the barriers the rest of the way. Johnson was off to the
races, winning in a wind-legal 14.12, continuing a super season.
Results (22A) 1. Chris Johnson (Arlington, Riverside)
14.12 (+.20), 2. Chris Foster (Ventura) 14/32, 3. Jermaine Rolison
(Dorsey, LA) 14.44, 4. Jon Williams (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) 14.46,
5. Ransom Minyard (Durango, Las Vegas) 14.67, 6. Terrell Walker
(Poly, LB) 14.96, 7. Blake Frazier (University City, SD) 15.52.
(22B) 1. Luis Lopez (Mexico) 14.54 (wind +1.2), 2. Jose Beaton
(Alta Loma) 14.56, 3. Nick Santana (Benicia) 14.83, 4. Jeff Santana
(Benicia) 14.88, 5. Josh Hawkins (Poly, LB) 14.89, 6. David Brown
(Diamond Bar) 15.35, 7. Alex Green (Poly, LA) 15.49.
Chris Johnson of Arlington Riverside (gold) edges
Chris Foster of Ventura.
Boys 300 meter Hurdles
Jeff Hunter of Granite Hills had a fall in the Highs,
and so he was mad and ran that way. Using a standing start, he was gone
from the start, and it was basically a one-man race. He had a problem
or two step-wise, but a fine effort of 37.62 in the wind.
(Inv 41A) 1. Jeff Hunter (Granite
Hills, El Cajon) 37.62, 2. Jon Williams (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) 38.61,
3. Thomas Mack (Bakersfield) 38.81, 4. Andrew Cook (Lord Byng, ?) 39.17,
5. Sean Zeitler (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 39.32,6. Jeff Santana (Benicia)
39.74, 7. Corey Sims (South Bak) 39.97.
(41B) 1. Ransom Minyard (Durango, Las Vegas) 38.68, 2. Chris Johnson
(Arlington, Riverside) 38.79, 3. Shen Dingning (China) 39.05, 4. Elisha
McCall (Cimarron, Las Vegas) 39.15, 5. Lewis Ennist (Pasadena) 39.63.
(41C) 1. Kenneth Thomas (Gardena) 39.08, 2. Ronald Howard (Moreno
Valley) 39.90, 3. Nick Santana (Benicia) 40.32.