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Track: Shot putter Amir Ali Patterson is ineligible to compete this season

The high school track and field career for UCLA-bound shot putter Amir Ali Patterson of Encino Crespi is over.

The second-place finisher in last year's state championships as a junior was ruled ineligible for this season because he had run out of sports eligibility. It was discovered that that he had started attending another school in ninth grade, then went back to eighth grade. That started his eight semesters of high school sports eligibility.

Athletic Director Russell White said Patterson filed a hardship waiver appeal but it was denied.

He's scheduled to sign with UCLA on Wednesday and will continue to train on this own and finish his senior year at Crespi. He competed at the World Youth championships in Ukraine last summer.

Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

 

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