Crista Jeremaison/Press Democrat


Sonoma Academy’s Rylee Bowen captured the 3,200-meter girls race Saturday at the 49th annual Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles and she did it the hard way. There were 29 other distance specialists from around the country in the lineup and after running in last place early, Bowen passed every one of them en route to earning her medal.

Los Alamitos boys set O.C. record at Arcadia

Los Alamitos’ boys won the sprint medley relay – broken into legs of 200, 200, 400, and 800 meters – for the second year in a row. Repeat champion Thomas Heib was joined by newcomers Jacob Gasser, Jose Rubio and Holden Edmondson as the Griffins set an Orange County record in 3:26.36.

Nevada Union senior Nora Pizzella made the trek to southern California for the prestigious Arcadia Track and Field Invitational Friday. Pizzella competed in the open heat of the 3200-meter run, finishing seventh with a personal best of 11 minutes, 2 seconds. In the mile run on Saturday, Pizzella garnered another personal best with a time of 5:11.

Gavin Parpart and Nick Laccinole, a pair of Inglemoor seniors, stood out in the 3200-meter competitions at the Arcadia Invitational in Arcadia, Calif., sweeping both the seeded and rated races. Parapart won the 'rated' competition with a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 9.16 seconds, edging Zachary Erikson of Lone Peak High (Utah) by less than half a second.

Cassi Land is just a sophomore but she’s in the process or re-writing the record books for long distance running at Sonora High School. Land broke the Wildcat record Saturday for the 3,200-meter run at the Arcadia Invitational in southern California.

Canyon’s Jake Bennett and Jeremiah Chow finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the first session of the 49th annual Arcadia Invitational - which hosts the top high school athletes from California and around the country - Saturday night with vaults of 14 feet, 2 inches and 13-8.

Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney, for example, had the best local finish by taking fourth in the Boys Seeded Mile in 4:20.36. When converted to the 1,600 meters, Slaney's time of 4:18.85 is second only to his lifetime best of 4:18.55 from last year.

Annie Hill, a standout distance runner at Glacier High School, finished second in the women’s 3,200-meter run Saturday evening at the 49th annual Arcadia Invitational track and field meet with a time of 10 minutes, 14.14 seconds.

Rylee Bowen of Sonoma Academy had the winning time of 10:13.20. Annie Hill and Bowen are both sophomores and state cross country champions.

There were 25 girls competing in that event at Arcadia High School.

Hannah DeBalsi of Staples High School was third, 10:15.36.

Rebecca Story of Christian Academy was fourth, 10:16.72, and Fiona O’Keeffe of Davis was fifth, 10:17.74.

The Fort Collins High School track and field team’s top athletes had strong showings over the weekend in California.

For the second consecutive week, Tara Davis has snared the Athlete of the Week award, this time with a prolific performance at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational. Davis emerged as a triple winner, capturing the triple jump with a 41-foot, 8-inch jump, the long jump in 19-9 and the 100 hurdles in 13.80 seconds.

Richardson, hoping to win a CIF State championship in the 200 meters, finished second to Lauren Rains Williams of Oaks Christian in the prestigious 49th annual Arcadia Invitational on Saturday -- a meet that pits the best of the best and a showcase of what’s to come later in the season. Williams won by posting a national-leading time of 23.57 with Richrardson second at 24.35. “I’ve known Lauren forever,” Richardson said. “I like racing against her because it kind of tells you where you are.” Williams also competed in the 100 meter invitational, finishing fifth in 12:05.