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Strong early season performances in SoCal track and field

If the early season times and marks by Southland prep athletes are any indication, it's going to be a very good year in track and field.

At the South County Classic on Friday in Mission Viejo, Malik McMorris of Mater Dei won the discus with a nation-leading mark of 190 feet, 7 inches.

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Matt Katnik of St. John Bosco recorded a winning mark of 68-6 3/4 in the shot put.

Mason Coppi of Dana Hills won the 1600 in 4:15.34. Freshman Maliyah Medley of El Toro sped to times of 12.58 and 25.13 in the girls' 100 and 200.

Austin Tamagno of Brea Olinda ran 3:46.94 in the 1500 at Occidental College, the seventh-best mark in California history.

Robert Brandt of Loyola ran 8:56.89 in the 3200 at Redondo. Marissa Williams of Palisades won the girls' 3200 in 10:25.93.

Earlier this week, Nick Abboud of Riverside King ran 14.48 in the 110 high hurdles.

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