Kelly Peacock, the Van Nuys High hurdler who signed a national letter of intent Tuesday with UCLA, is one of 60 athletes from 18 Valley-area high schools scheduled to compete in the 19th Annual Arcadia Invitational track meet at Arcadia High tonight.
The meet, one of the most prestigious of its kind in California, will showcase about 500 athletes from 300 schools.
Taft sprinter Quincy Watts, the best City Section 220-yard sprinter, is featured in the boys field. Others competing in the boys division are sprinter/long jumper Mike Carnes and middle-distance runner Jim Zimmer of Simi Valley; Saugus distance-runner Darren Stonerock, and pole vaulter Brooks Morris of Burroughs.
Joining Peacock in the girls competition is Sharon Manship, a middle-distance runner and triple jumper from Thousand Oaks; 800-meter runner Desiree Joubert of Westlake and distance-runner Melissa Sutton of Newbury Park.
The first event, the boys discus, begins at 4 p.m. The first running event is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.
Simi Valley Swim Team Places Second in Scotland
The Simi Valley Swim Team, which is affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union, placed second overall at the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, International spring meet April 4-7.
A team from Paisley, England, finished first in a field of 800 swimmers from 45 teams from around the world.
Simi Valley’s Julie Parker, 15, placed first in the 200-meter butterfly and placed within the top five swimmers in three other events. Leslie Daland, 16, was first in the 800-meter freestyle and placed in four other races.
Other Simi Valley swimmers who placed in their events: Tracy Hlinka, Michelle Holmquist, Kelly Kocur, Shauna MacEwen, Michele Hlinka, Deanna Koehler, Alice Kirby and Nick Ro.
Bob Burt’s First Contest: An Alumni Game
Bob Burt, Cal State Northridge’s first-year football coach, will make his debut April 19, when his team plays former Matadors in a 7 p.m. alumni game. CSUN, coming of a 4-7 record in 1985, beat the alumni last year, 17-6.
Before the game, CSUN will conduct a football clinic, including scrimmages and lectures. Along with Burt and his coaching staff, several Valley-area high school coaches will speak.
Petranoff Attempts to Recapture Javelin Record
Former Northridge resident Tom Petranoff, the American record-holder in the javelin, will attempt to recapture the world record May 17 at the annual Pepsi Invitational at UCLA’s Drake Stadium.
Petranoff, the 1985 International Amateur Athletic Federation Grand Prix winner, broke the world record in 1983 with a throw of 327 feet, 2 inches. His record was broken in 1984 by East Germany’s Uwe Hohn, who recorded a world mark of 343-10. Last year, Petranoff was ranked No. 2 in the world by Track and Field News Magazine.
Arena Polo Opens Tonight
The professional arena polo season at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank will open today at 8 p.m. when the Los Angeles Colts play the Hawaii Islanders.
The equestrian center’s polo season runs through June 28. Games are played Saturday nights in the center’s 3,500-seat Equidome. Information: 840-9066.
Kelly Paris, a Taft High graduate, will start the 1986 season in the minor leagues again after the best spring of his career. Paris will play shortstop for Rochester, the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate in the International League. During the exhibition season, Paris batted .526 (10 for 19). He was 3 for 5 as a pinch-hitter, including ninth-inning extra-base hits off New York’s Dave Righetti and Kansas City’s Dan Quisenberry.
Burroughs High of Burbank didn’t have to go far to replace football Coach George Rosales, who resigned after last season.
Bob Dunivant, who coached the Indians for 19 years before retiring in 1979, will return because the school was unable to find a replacement. After leaving the football field seven years ago, Dunivant, 51, remained at the school as a teacher.
A Burbank-Burroughs football alumni game is scheduled for June 1 at 2 p.m. at Burroughs High. Charles Chavoor, who is co-chairman of the game committee, said he is not sure who will play yet, but he is sure who won’t play: Tom Tunnicliffe. Tunnicliffe, who started at quarterback for Arizona, began his high school career at Burbank before playing his senior season at Burroughs. Chavoor said Tunnicliffe has decided not to play.
“It’s probably a good move,” Chavoor said. “I was thinking, ‘Who would he practice with?’ ”