The Locke High girls’ track and field team will attempt to win its seventh consecutive title today in the City championships at Birmingham High in Van Nuys.
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.
Under the guidance of Coach Jimmy Lee, the Saints have dominated City girls’ track and field with standouts such as Choo Choo Knighten, Tesha Giddens and Kim McAllister. Last year, the Saints outscored second-place Dorsey, 102-62.
Some of the top girls’ performers in this year’s finals include: Rosetta Hunter of Locke, the top qualifier in the 1,600 (5:04.50) and 3,200 meters (11:25.41); Dee Dee Small of Dorsey, the top qualifier in the 100 (12.16) and 200 meters (25.00), and Jackie Foreman of Locke, who led the 100- and 300-meter low hurdles qualifiers in 14.3 and 45.26 respectively.
Dorsey is the defending boys’ champion and is expected to be challenged by Washington, which has three finalists in the 100 and 200 meters.
Some of the top boys’ performers: Donovan Burks of Washington, the top qualifier in the 100 (10.71) and 200 meters (21.59); John Floyd of Locke (47.39) and Lamont Warren of Dorsey (48.28) in the 400 meters, and Washington’s 400-meter relay team, which ran 40.07 in last week’s semifinals.