Young, Butt Brightest Among LA City Section Stars


At the Los Angeles City Section Track And Field Finals, Carson won the girls team title for the fifth year in a row, and Dorsey won the boys title for the third consecutive year.

Carson's girls won in dominating fashion, compiling 121 points, well ahead of runner-up Palisades, which had 50. 

Dorsey's boys have been the gold standard for the T&F in the LA City Section, winning for seventh time in the last nine years, eighth in the last 11, and 18th overall dating to 1966.

But to win, Dorsey's boys needed a lot of help to hold off Carson, 63-53.

Senior Porte-Joie Tshiaba was the top star for Dorsey, winning the section title in the long jump (23-03.50) and high jump (6-6). He went to State in both where he medaled in the high jump, clearing 6-8 for 3rd place. (Jeffrey Parenti photo)

But Dorsey doesn't defeat Carson for the team crown without a few more key players, including seniors Julian Williams, Dajon Pulliam and Justin Armstrong, as well as junior Alex Sweeney. Pulliam gave Dorsey a 1-2 finish in the high jump and Williams got 2nd in both the long jump and triple jump. Armstrong was 4th in the triple. Sweeney was 2nd to Hamilton's Ryan Fields in the 300 hurdles. 

Carson countered with senior Andre Butt II, who won the 110 hurdles (14.42), placed 2nd in the 200m (22.18) and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay team (42.03).

Anthony Richardson took 2nd in the 100 meters, Henry Hood was 2nd in the shot put, and Dejonte Thomas was 4th in the 100m as Carson's other top placers.

Justin Hazell (20) placed 2nd in 3200 meters at the State Meet. (Louis Amestoy photo)

Other individual senior boys standouts included:
  • Bailey Jones (Palisades) - Cal Poly SLO signee won the section title in the triple jump (46-00.75) and the Cal Poly SLO-signee also went to State in the 110 hurdles. He reached the State final in the triple jump where he had a best of 45-05.25 for 9th.
  • Justin Hazell (El Camino Real) - University of Portland signee won the section 3200 title for the second year in a row and nearly won the eight-lap race at the State Final, finishing 2nd despite a back-and-forth battle with sophomore Matt Strangio (Jesuit/SJ) over the final 200 meters.

Carson's girls dominated the horizontal jumps with seniors Jonon Young and Jaylen Walker going 1-2 in the triple jump and 1-3 -- with junior Indiah Turner 2nd -- in the long jump. Sophomore Arrieya Harper was 3rd in the triple jump, completing the sweep. Young, headed to UNLV, won her third consecutive LA City Section triple jump title (39-7) and second in a row in the long (18-11).

Turner (pictured above in Jeffrey Parenti photo) added big points by winning the section title in the 300 hurdles (47.30). She went to State in the long jump, where she jumped 19-3 for 2nd. 

Other individual girls of note:

  • Freshman Bella Witt (Birmingham) won the section title in the 100 hurdles (14.36) and also qualified for State in the 200m and as part of the 4x100 relay. Her 14.26 PR in the 100 hurdles clocked at Arcadia ranks CA #2 in the class of 2021 and US #7. (Jeffrey Parenti photo above)
  • Junior Caitlin Worline (View Park) was 2nd in the 100 hurdles in 14.43, a time that ranks CA #6 among the Class of 2019.
  • Senior Angelina Camelo (San Pedro), in her third trip in four years to the LAC finals in the 100m, ran a PR 12.19 (-0.2) to win her first title. 
  • Junior Jicel Fernandez-Ramirez (El Camino Real) won the 1600 title (5:07.23) and was 2nd in the 3200 (11:12.19).  (Top center in Jeffrey Parenti photo below)