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Congratulations to Jason Deal of Paloma Valley (SS) this week's top vote-getter for MileSplit Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
Jason, a senior, won the 60-meter dash (7.07) and the 150-meter dash (15.96) and placed second win the 300-meter dash (35.47) at the Vista Murrieta Winter Qualifier. Jason's 150m time is the fastest in CA from the winter qualifying meets.
Jason received 46 percent of the vote in a statewide poll. Tarron Johnson, a senior at Vista Murrieta (SS), received 31 percent, and Xai Ricks, a junior at Long Beach Poly (SS), got 17 percent of the vote total.
Congratulations to all athletes whose performance warranted consideration in last week's poll and thanks to everyone who voted.
Each week we will select top performers from the previous week/weekend and put them on the line for you to select the CA T&F Performer of the Week. This week, our focus is exclusively on performances from the CA Winter Track and Field Championships held on Feb. 4 at Arcadia HS. And there were so many outstanding performances that it's unfortunate we are limited to just eight options.
Check out the resumes below and then make sure to vote in the FanPower module at the bottom of the page. Here's where you decide the performer of the meet.
As always, voting closes Friday at 9 p.m.
So we've gotta ask: WHO YA GOT?
This week's candidates (listed alphabetically by last name)
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Brandon Arrington (Helix/SD) - Brandon, a freshman, beat seniors like Dijon Stanley, Jason Deal, and Alex Skalmowski to win the 150-meter dash in 15.94, just .04 off the meet record. Earlier, Arrington placed fourth in the 60m dash (6.96).
Lucas Chin (San Marcos/SS) - Lucas, a senior, won the indoor pentathlon with 3150 points, posting the best mark in four of the five events: 60m hurdles (8.58), long jump (20-11.25), shot put (43-4.25) and high jump (5-11.50).
Jacob Emerson (Sage Creek/SD) - Jacob, a junior, won the pole vault with a huge personal best of 16-00.25. Jacob was clean through his first three heights before missing on his first attempt at the winning height.
Grant Morgenfeld (Palo Alto/CC) - Grant, a junior, won the 3000-meter run in a meet-record time of 8:32.30, and placed second in the 1500-meter, running 3:55.56, also under the previous meet standard.
Justin Pretre (Menlo School/CC) - Justin, a senior, defended his title in the 1500m run with a record performance of 3:54.37. He came back to run the anchor leg on the record-setting 4x800m relay team that included his brother Landon Pretre, William Hauser, and Aiden Deffner.
Xai Ricks (Long Beach Poly/SS) - Ricks, a junior, shattered the meet record in the 600-meter run in one of the fastest times ever, 1:16.13, and later placed second in the 300-meter run in 33.23.
Brendon See (JSerra/SS) - Brendon, a senior, and the state's returning champion in the discus throw, won the weight throw (68-10) and placed second in the shot put (56-04.25).
Dijon Stanley (Granada Hills/LA) - Dijon, a senior, held off Xai Ricks by 0.14 seconds to win the 300-meter dash in 33.09 after placing second in the 150-meter dash in 15.95.
Photo by Raymond Tran