Day 2 Arcadia Invatational
USA Today photos from the first day of the Arcadia Invitational
Check out the full entry list for the Arcadia Invitational
Arcadia will feature one of the top 4x1600m relays of the year, so we took a look at its history.
In his first outdoor meet of the 2018 season, Austin Kratz of Dock Mennonite Academy in Lansdale, PA crushed his PRs in both the 100m and 200m to sweep the sprints at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Kratz won the 100 from Lane 1 in a wind-legal 10.34 (1.2) and the 200 in 20.74 (0.4). He ranks #3 US in the 100m among legal marks and #3 US in the 200. In both races, Eric Allen Jr. of the Bullis School (MD) was second and top-returning CA sprinter Asani Hampton of Yucaipa was third.
The 3200m has become the king of the distance races and the amount of sub 9 minute 3200m runners has skyrocketed.
The MileSplit LIVE crew broke down the situation revolving the Blue Springs School District in Missouri
Kratz dominated the 100 and 200 meters against loaded fields in California.
The MileSplit LIVE crew discusses the loaded Arcadia Invitational boys 3200m field
Drew Burns reflects on his running career for the Brophy Broncos, as he turns his focus to Santa Clara, California.
Here is our results and coverage board from Week 2 of the season along with highlights from each meet.
Sophomore Tori Gaitan anchored Great Oak to winning times in the 4x800 and 4x1600 relays on Friday night at Arcadia. Gaitan, the national leader in the 3,200 (10:18.80) and CA #7 in the 1,600 (4:51.60), anchored Great Oak to a 9:05.34 winning time over Santa Cruz (9:08.84) in the 4x8 and 20:09.46 over Pine Crest of Florida (20:24.73) in the 4x16. The 4x8 times for Great Oak and Santa Cruz rank US #1 & #2 and the top four times in the 4x16 lead the nation. Clovis Buchan (20:28.52) was third and Claremont (20:48.05) is fourth.
Second-day action from the Arcadia Invitational on April 7, 2018.
Just some of the great relay action at the 51st Arcadia Invitational on April 6, 2018.
Katelynne Hart, a sophomore from Glenbard West HS in Glen Ellyn, Illinois - just outside of Chicago - talks about her first 3,200 of the outdoor season: A US #1 10:02.56 PR to blow away the field at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Mariah Castillo (Saugus) was 2nd in 10:09.12 with Gillian Wagner (Redwood) 3rd in 10:14.11.
It was an all-time great performance by Ms. Katelynne Hart in California
Awesome early season performances for our New Jersey athletes here.
The high flying Arcadia Invite is ready to bust at the seams!
Sondre Guttormsen of Davis Senior High set a CA record in the pole vault, clearing 18-2.50 at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Guttormsen, from Norway, took three attempts at 18-5.50. In clearing 18-2.50, he also set a Norwegian Junior National record and qualified for the European Championships this summer. In this clip, you can see him congratulated by his brother Simen and father Atle. Post-meet interview with Sondre Guttormsen.
Photos from the second day of action at the Arcadia Invitational by USA Today Sports' Kirby Lee
The MileSplit LIVE crew breaks down the girls 3200m at the Arcadia Invitational
For our first Salute To Seniors article, we caught up with Andy Ference of the Salpointe Lancers for a look back at his career highlights before he leaves for the University of Tennessee.
It was a big travel weekend for some of the best athletes in Maryland, and they re-shaped the state leaderboards from across state lines.
South Lakes super sophomore, Hannah Waller, made the most of her outdoor debut.
Arlington junior finishes sixth overall in loaded 3,200-meter race.
The Pine Crest girls 4x1600m set a new state record, current US#2, and US#13 A-T mark of 20:24.73 at the Arcadia Invitational.
In a slow week for Georgia HS Track, there were some great performances at Arcadia and Westminster Relays! pictured is Sterling Lester and Kennedy Simon
First day of Arcadia action was just the appetizer
Maddy Denner ran a 4:44 anchor to catch and pass Great Oak's Tori Gaitan while also holding off the charge or Santa Cruz senior Mari Friedman to give Oak Ridge the victory in the girls invitational distance medley relay on Saturday night at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Denner's anchor brought Oak Ridge home in a US #1 time of 11:42.85. Friedman got Santa Cruz across in a US #2 time of 11:48.15 and Gaitan, who had anchored US #1 times in the 4x8 and 4x16 on Friday night, got Great Oak across in a US #3 11:54.17.
Interview with Makayla Kelby of Lees Summit West High in Missouri after she won the discus throw at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Kelby, headed to the University of Washington, won with a PR of 168-6 that vaults her from to #6 US from #17. Watch highlights from the Invitational Girls Discus Throw
We Salute Aksel Laudon as he reflects on his career for the Desert Vista Thunder and looks forward to attending Boston University and competing for the Terriers.
Chiles senior and Syracuse signee Michael Phillips has logged his second sub nine minute performance in the last month.
Interview with the Roosevelt girls 4x800 relay team of Jewelyn Felix, Alexys Ford, Miranda Camargo and Paloma Barron after they won the seeded race Friday at Arcadia in 9:24.36. That time was sixth overall and CA #6.
Great Oak's 4x800 boys relay team of Gavin Korby, Chris Verdugo, Jacob Korgan and Carlos Carvajal discus their 7:53.29 victory over Roosevelt (7:53.90), Redondo (7:54.08) and Vista Murrieta (7:54.42). The Wolfpack quartet's time ranks CA #1 and US #6.
Twins Maddy and Elena Denner of Oak Ridge talk about running in the girls 3200m seeded race Friday night at Arcadia. Maddy won the race in her first 3200 of the season, running 10:28.32, with Elena second in 10:34.56. Elena is just getting back into top shape after missing five weeks with an injury. Maddy was second and Elena was fourth at the CIF-State 3200m final last June. They ran the 3200m race Friday night and are competing in the DMR on Saturday.
Katelynne Hart, a sophomore from Glenbard West HS in Glen Ellyn, Illinois - just outside of Chicago - runs US #1 time in the Invitational 3,200m at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Her 10:02.56 PR led a parade of top-10 U.S. times, including the top three: 2. Mariah Castillo (Saugus) 10:09.12, 3. Gillian Wagner (Redwood) 10:14.11. The others: 5. Haley Herberg (Capistrano Valley) 10:18.93, 6. Camila Noe (Bozeman, MT) 10:18.99; 8 Corie Smith (Buchanan) 10:21.51, 9. Kristin Fahy (La Costa Canyon) 10:22.53.
Sondre Guttormsen broke the CA state record with an 18-feet 2.50-inch clearance in the pole vault on Saturday night to win the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Guttormsen, from Davis Senior High and Norway, also broke the Norwegian Junior National record. Here's a post-event interview with Guttormsen.
A small, but talented group of Utah individuals and relays traveled to the Arcadia Invitational this past weekend in California.
The girls 4x1600 relay team from Pine Crest (Fla.) set a state record and ran a US #2 time during the Friday night 'Burnin Batons' portion of the 51st Arcadia Invitational. We caught up with them late Saturday night. For more on their accomplishment, check out this story at fl.milesplit.com:http://fl.milesplit.com/articles/237053-pine-crest-girls-break-4x1600-state-record-at-arcadia
Mission Viejo distance coach Robert Belo talks about his boys SMR victory (3:27.64) and Brett Hickman's epic anchor leg.
Rancho Bernardo's Josh Farmer overcame a disastrous start to the decathlon to post the third-best performance in CA history, leading San Diego Section athletes at the 51st Arcadia Invitational.
Take a look at some of the fastest Utah performances in recent history at the Arcadia Invitational 3200 meter run.
Interview with Chaminade junior Bailey Umans after she won Heat 7 of the girls 400 meters during the day session Saturday at Arcadia. Umans' time of 56.29 was third overall behind Quartz Hill senior Alonna Johnson (56.02), and Citrus Valley freshman Cieanna Norman-Thomas (56.26).
In other Arcadia action, the Pine Crest girls fresh off their runner-up finish behind Great Oak in the 4x1600, placed 4th in the distance medley relay.
With Maddy Denner running 4:44 on the anchor leg, the Oak Ridge girls distance medley relay team posted the fastest time in the U.S., 11:42.85, to win at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. The team included strong lead leg from Maddy's twin sister Elena, and middle legs from junior Chloe Taylor and freshman Abby Fletcher.
Clips from the top flight of the invitational girls discus at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Included are throws from Makayla Kelby, runner-up Erica Grotegeer, plus Faith Bender, Natalie Ramirez, Jocelynn Budwig, Hannah Hall, Samantha Ponds and Krissy Smoot. Kelby, from Lees Summit West in Missouri - outside of Kansas City - was the winner (168-06; MO #1, US #6) with Grotegeer, a senior from Wheatland HS - just north of Sacramento - 2nd (166-05; CA #1, US #7) and Bender, the freshman from Bakersfield Liberty third (160-02; US #14).Post-event interviews from the Invitational Girls Discus Throw at ArcadiaMakayla KelbyErica GrotegeerNatalie Ramirez
Alyssa Brewer followed up her back-to-back CIF-State titles in the 800 meters by making it two in a row at Arcadia as well. Brewer held off Jana Shawver (Lees Summit West (Mo.)) to win in 2:09.81. The USC-bound Brewer, who also won at Arcadia last year, has now won 18 or her last 19 races at 800 meters dating to the last race of his sophomore year.
Interview with West Rancho junior Natalie Ramirez after she placed 4th in the invitational girls discus throw at Arcadia. Ramirez's best of 154-01 was just off her posted PR of 154-05 earlier this season at Redondo. Watch highlights of the Invitational Girls Discus Throw
Chaminade junior Bailey Umans wins the final heat of the seeded girls 400 meters from Lane 9.
Alyssa Brewer is a two-time CIF-State champion in the 800 meters and on Saturday at the 51st Arcadia Invitational, she showed why, churning through the two-lap race to her second consecutive Arcadia title in a time that was just over her US #2 time (2:08.99) in a race that produced three of the top 11 times in CA and had runner-up Jana Shawver and third pace Brooke Manson post the Nos. 8 and 12 times, respectively, in the US. Brewer, a senior at San Ramon California HS, recently committed to USC.
The Santa Cruz High girls 4x800 team talk about Friday's competition with Great Oak. The team of Anaya Ward, Ella Hedrick, Lila Roake and Mari Friedman placed second to Great Oak, running 9:08.84.
Interview with Wheatland's Erica Grotegeer who placed second in the invitational discus throw at the 51st Arcadia Invitational. Her best of 166-05 was just off her PR of 167-9 set last June at the State Meet preliminaries. The San Diego State-bound Grotegeer was 3rd at State last season. Watch highlights from the Invitational Girls Discus Throw
Great Oak senior Carlos Carvajal closed out his career at the Arcadia Invitational by anchoring the winning team in the distance medley relay on Saturday night after doing the same in the 4x800 relay on Friday night.
Interview with Davis High senior Sondre Guttormsen after he cleared 18-2.5 in the pole vault to set CA, Arcadia and Norwegian Junior National records and qualify for this summer's European Championships. Watch his record clearance and attempts at 18-5.50
Interview with Jett Charvet after he won the 800m at the 51st Arcadia Invitational in 1:52.60 (CA #1, US #5)
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