Los Angeles Preps: Vinnie Saucer

Simi Valley's Sarah Baxter tops in nation in 3,200

April, 8, 2012
Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter set the fastest time in the nation in the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet Saturday.

Oaks Christian Vinnie Saucer was a double winner at the meet. The Harvard-Westlake girls distance medley relay team repeated as winners of the invitational race.

Baxter, a sophomore at Simi Valley, won the 3,200 in a personal-best 10 minutes, 8.11 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in meet history. She beat Marina’s Laura Hollander, who crossed the finish line in 10:10.51, the second-fastest time in the nation and the second-fastest time in Orange County history.

Saucer won the 100-meter and 200-meter seeded races. He won the 100 in 10.60 seconds and the 200 in 21.75 seconds.

The Harvard-Westlake girls won the distance medley relay invitational race despite dropping the baton on the final exchange. Cami Chapus ran the anchor leg and recovered after dropping the baton in the exchange with Elle Wilson.

The girls won the race in 11:45.18. They won the distance medley relay invitational race in a meet record 11:40.89 in last year’s Arcadia Invitational.

The Notre Dame boys, with Khalfani Muhammad running the anchor leg, won the 4x100 seeded relay in 41.54 seconds.

Sydney Ashley Lewis from Oak Park won the girls 100-meter seeded race in 11.90 seconds.

The Oaks Christian 4x100 relay team, which won the CIF state championship in 2011, was second to Brophy Prep in Arizona. Brophy Prep won the race in 41.15 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the nation. Oaks Christian followed in 41.48 seconds. Rio Mesa was third in 41.62 seconds and Woodland Hills Taft was sixth in 42.82 seconds.

Golden Valley’s Chelsey Totten was fourth in the girls 1-mile seeded race in 5:04.23. Ashley Dadkah from Torrey Pines won the race in 4:54.44

Hart’s Austin O’Neil was fifth in the boys 1-mile invitational race in 4:14.56. Brad Nye from Davis in Utah won the race in 4:08.80.

Arcadia Invitational to showcase talent

April, 5, 2012
Many of the top high school track and field athletes from across the country will converge in Arcadia this weekend for one of the most anticipated meets of the season.

The two-day Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School begins on Friday. Here is a look at some of the races and events featuring some of the top high school athletes from the L.A. North area and Southern California.

The men's 4x100 seeded relay will pit Chaminade against Rio Mesa and Oaks Christian. The women's 4x100 seeded relay will feature Simi Valley, Woodland Hills Taft, Westlake and Monrovia.

The men's 110-meter seeded hurdles has Elijah Jolt from Arroyo Grande against James Knowles from St. Francis and Marquis Norris from Concord De La Salle.

The women's 1-mile seeded race has Chelsey Totten from Golden Valley running against Rebecca Mehra from Palos Verdes and Emily Taylor from Marina.

The men's 100-meter seeded race is packed with Michael Davis from Glendale, Vinnie Saucer from Oaks Christian and Philip Johnson from Bishop Amat.

The women's 4x400 seeded relay will include teams from Oaks Christian, El Camino Real, Mater Dei and Summit.

The meet begins on Friday afternoon with the women's seeded 4x800 relay featuring 26 teams including Valencia, Harvard-Westlake, Arroyo Grande, Palos Verdes, Palisades and San Marcos.