Congratulations to Parker Long of Piedmont (NC) last week's top vote-getter for MileSplit Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
Parker, a senior, was a late addition to the elite 800m "Sombrero" field at the Dublin Distance Fiesta but that didn't stop him from emerging from the pack late to win the two-lap race in 1:53.25, the second-fastest 800m in the state this season (at the time; now No. 8).
Parker received 49 percent of the vote in a statewide poll. Ethan Miller, a senior at Monte Vista (NC), received 34 percent, and Davis Davis-Lyric, a senior from Upland (SS), received 14 percent of the vote.
Congratulations to all athletes whose performances warrant consideration in this weekly poll. And thanks to everyone who voted to support these amazing athletes.
This week, we have a strong mix of eight outstanding outdoor performances from which you may choose. No easy selections, as is always the case in the ultra-competitive Golden State.
Check out the resumes below and then make sure to vote in the FanPower module at the bottom of the page. That is where you decide the top boys track and field athlete of the week.
As always, voting closes Friday at 9 p.m.
WHO YA GOT?
This week's candidates (listed alphabetically by last name)
Brandon Arrington (Helix/SD) - Brandon, a freshman, swept the short sprints, running 10.58 (2.5) for 100m (CA No. 6 tied for all conditions), 21.29 (3.9) for 200m (CA No. 4 all-conditions), and he also anchored the winning 4x100m relay team (42.12) -- CA No. 9 -- at the 46th Mt. Carmel Invitational.
Manuel Correia (Point Loma/SD) - Manuel, a senior, swept the shorter distances at the 46th Mt. Carmel Invitational, running 1:53.77 for 800m and 4:12.91 for 1600m (CA No. 7).
Marcel Francis Mitchell (Wilson - Long Beach/SS) - Marcel, a senior, anchored two winning relays at the 46th Mt. Carmel Invitational and placed second in the 800m (1:54.74). Francis-Mitchell split 1:53.01 on the 4x800m team that ran a state-leading time of 7:45.51, and he split 48.13 on the 4x400m team that ran a CA No. 2 time of 3:16.64.
Roman Mendoza (Santa Margarita/SS) - Roman, a senior, ran a state-leading 37.91 PR to win the 300-meter hurdles (U.S. No. 14), and he also won the 110m hurdles (14.70) at the Pasadena Games.
Xai Ricks (Long Beach Poly/SS) - Xai, a junior, won the 800-meter race at the APU Distance Meet of Champions in 1:49.19, a national-leading time, and the third-fastest mark in meet history.
Brayden Seymour (Newbury Park/SS) - Brayden, a senior, won the mile at the APU Distance Meet of Champions with a state-leading 4:08.67 with a CA-best en route 1600m split of 4:07.16.
Carter Spradling (Clovis East/CS) - Carter, a junior, ran a huge PR and CA-leading meet-record time of 8:51.62 to win the elite 3200m heat at the APU Meet of Champions. It is his first sub-9 in the eight-lap race.
Jordan Washington (Jordan/SS) - Jordan, a junior, swept the short sprints at the Chandler (AZ) Rotary Invite, winning the the 100m dash in a CA-leading time of 10.45 (0.1) and the 200m in 21.40.
Photo by Dan Tyree