RECAP Stanley Leads GHC, Redmond Sparks Carson at LAC Finals



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Granada Hills Charter junior Dijon Stanley put on a show in the long sprints, and junior Reign Redmond led another dominant performance by the Carson girls at the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Track and Field Championships on Thursday at Birmingham HS in Lake Balboa.

Stanley moved into a tie for the CA lead in the 400 meters, steaming to a 46.94 clocking which ties the time run by West Ranch (SS) senior Chris Goode in winning the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 title.

Stanley had a hand in four titles on Thursday, also winning the the 200m (21.53) and helping the winning 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams.

The 4x1 team of Jordan Coleman, Jayden Smith, Stanley, and Jeremy Gamble ran 41.34, now CA No. 6. The team of Coleman, Stanley, Matthew Young, and D'Javonte' Richmond won the 4x4 in 3:25.99.

The top three in each event qualified for the CIF-State Meet, plus any other athlete or relay team hitting the State at-large standard.

Carson's girls were an overwhelming winner over Granada Hills with Palisades Charter third. It is the seventh consecutive team title for the Carson girls and ninth overall since 2006.

Stanley led GHC to the program's first LAC Track and Field title. Perennial power Dorsey, which had won seven of the previous 10 and 19 LAC titles overall, was second, with San Pedro third. 

This was the first combined-gender LAC championship since 2019. The 2020 finals were lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and last year the section finals were held on separate days for boys and girls. 

But everyone was in the house for Thursday's showcase at Birmingham. 

Stanley, who swept 200m-400m titles at the 2021 LAC Finals, ran second at Arcadia and third at Mt. SAC. This was his first trip under 47 seconds. That time ranks U.S. No. 21 overall and U.S. No. 6 in the junior class.

Lincoln junior Jaden Rattay placed second (48.15) with Stanley's teammate, junior Jayden Smith, third in 49.88.

In the boys distance races, El Camino Real junior Isaac Torres crossed in 1:56.50 to beat Marshall junior Findlay Robertson (1:57.40) in the 800 meters.

A pair of juniors from San Pedro went 1-2 in the 1600m with Adrian Sverlow-Men winning in 4:30.87 and Daniel Ruiz crossing next in 4:31.34, just a head of Venice senior James Jimenez (4:31.56).

Palisades sophomore Max Fields won the 3200 (9:39.66) with San Pedro senior Luis Sandoval second (9:40.22) and Fields' senior teammate Jose Sevilla third in 9:42.64. 

Hamilton senior Jaylen Durham, who went to the State Meet as a freshman, defended his titles in the 100m hurdles (15.03/-0.5) and in the 300m hurdles (39.69).

Dorsey senior Mykale Mundy ran 11.01 (-0.6) to edge GHC sophomore Jordan Coleman (11.02) in the 100-meter dash. GHC went 1-2 in the high jump with junior Uzoma Meremikwu winning with a 6-2 clearance and senior Jeremy Gamble placing second at 6-0. Gamble won the triple jump with a best of 42-02 to beat North Hollywood junior Abraham Metzger (41-04). 

Dorsey also got an event win from senior Collin Harris, who defended his title in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-02 to beat Birmingham sophomore Deonte Chappell (20-08).

Garfield junior Marco Romero got the win in the pole vault over Dorsey senior Sean-Paul Jacobs, both with 8-6 clearances. Hamilton senior Mar'Agen Fowler defended his section crown in the shot put with a 50-09.50 effort to beat Birmingham senior Eduardo Lopez (47-08).