Being the youngest finalist in the biggest stage of her high school career did little to affect Rio Mesa High freshman Valexia Droughn.
Under the lights of the Arcadia Invitational, one of the largest high school track and field meets in the country, Droughn turned a season-best time into a third-place finish in the girls' 100-meter dash Saturday at Arcadia High.
Helped by a slight tailwind, Droughn crossed the finish line in 11.95 seconds.
Ashton Purvis of St. Elizabeth won in 11.54, just ahead of Yasmin Woodruf of St. Mary's Academy.
The Rio Mesa boys' 4x100 relay finished second to Long Beach Poly in its heat and second overall with a time of 42.24. Only four other Ventura County relay teams have ever run faster.
Long Beach Poly won with a 41.88. Corona/Santiago was third at 42.29.
Oaks Christian's Chris Owusu, one of the fastest boys' sprinters in the state, won the invitational 200 in 21.42 and placed third in the 100 in 10.60.
Travis Edwards of Royal won the Rising Stars mile run in 4:21.05. Oak Park's James Goldstein was second in 4:23.69.
In the open mile run, Evan Hennessey of Oak Park was seventh in 4:24.03.
Erin Baird of Agoura turned in a season-best time of 10:57.67 to win the open girls' 3,200. Simi Valley's Liberty Miller (11:00.70) was fourth.
Doug Bettisworth of Oak Park broke his own school record in the invitational boys' 800, placing 11th in 1:54.41.
Oaks Christian's Jules Sharpe tied for second in the boys' high jump, clearing 6 feet, 8 inches. Agoura's Kevin Graf, who set a school record in the boys' shot put on Thursday, finished ninth with a mark of 54-8.
Courtney Lightfoot of Oak Park was 21st in the invitational girls' 3,200 in 11:11.95.
La Reina's Sasha Blanchard found her way into two 100 hurdles races. In the open event during the day meet, she won her heat in 14.93, good for fourth overall. In the seeded 100 hurdles, Blanchard was fifth in 14.72.
Mariyah Lee of Rio Mesa won her heat of the open girls' 100 in 12.58 and was 11th overall. Lee came back in the night meet to finish ninth in the seeded 100 in 12.37.
St. Bonaventure's James Short was sixth in the open boys' long jump at 22-6.
Brittany Harper of Calabasas was third in the invitational girls' 400 in 55.31.
Sarah Pearson of La Reina was 13th in the girls' open mile run with a time of 5:15.78. La Reina was second in its heat and seventh overall in the open girls' 4x400 relay in 4:01.65.
Malibu's Emani Truluck finished fifth in the invitational girls' 100 hurdles in 14.27.
CIF Division IV pole vault champion Lauren Radke of Oaks Christian tied for ninth in the invitational girls' pole vault with a clearance of 11-1.
Rio Mesa's Sean Alfino had the fastest time in four heats of the open boys' 100 in 10.86 against a slight head wind.
On Friday, Catherine Hasbrouck of Nordhoff was second in the girls' seeded 3,200 in 11:09.19, Thousand Oaks' Shara Longbotham placed second in the seeded high jump at 5-4 and Tommy Doupe of Westlake placed third in the seeded shot put at 51-2.