City Track and Field Championships : Locke Girls Try for Sixth Title in Row

Times Staff Writer

The Locke High School girls’ track and field team will attempt to win its sixth consecutive team title and Dorsey’s outstanding sprinter Angela Rolfe will try to win three events today in the City championships at Birmingham High School.

Field events begin at 3 p.m. and the first running event is scheduled for 4:30. The first four finishers in each event will qualify for the State meet, June 2-3, at Cerritos College.

The boys’ team title is expected to be a contest between the sprint strength of Washington and Dorsey and the hurdling power of Carson. All three teams are expected to do well in the 400 and 1,600 relays.


Carson’s field event strength, including Christopher Roulier in the long jump, might give the Colts a slight edge.

Locke’s girls are led by seniors Debra Hamilton and Leann Tinkshell in the sprints, LaTanya Davenport in the hurdles and Kim McCallister in the middle distances. They have been the strength behind the Saints’ dominance the last four years.

Dorsey’s Rolfe will attempt to accomplish what Kennedy’s Denean Howard, a three-time Olympic team member, failed to do when Howard was a senior in 1982--win the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races.

Howard, the nation’s leading sprinter that year, won the 200 and 400, setting City records in both events, but lost the 100 to Dorsey’s Latonya Dawkins, 10.68 to 10.71.

In the boys’ division, Washington is paced by sprinters Donovan Burks (10.71 and 21.83) and Simon Jones (22.03 and 48.27).

Dorsey is also led by sprinters, Beno Bryant (10.93 and 47.35) and Kevin Copeland (11.03 and 22.35).