If Dorsey Coach Ralph Tilley had any fears that his boys' track team would be overconfident against Narbonne, those worries were unfounded. The defending City champion Dons cruised to a 78-45 victory Wednesday in a Southern Pacific Conference meet at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
"We don't take anybody lightly or worry who we're running against," Tilley said. "We just go out and run our best."
The team took their coach's words to heart, with the Dons (3-0) producing several season bests.
Leo Settle led Dorsey sweeps in the 100 and 200 and also joined Jabulani Smith-Freeman, Rodrick Brown and Anthony Mabry on the victorious 400 relay, which clocked 42.8.
Settle edged Brown in the 100, both timing seasonal bests 10.7 seconds, with Smith-Freeman in third at 10.8.
Settle, a senior who finished second in the 200 and third in the 100 at last year's City championship meet, won the 200 in a season-best 21.6, followed by Brown and Che Johnson in 22.6 and 22.7
Smith-Freeman and Johnson finished first and second in the long jump, leaping 21 feet 5 inches and 21-4. Smith-Freeman also bounded 44-0 1/2 to win the triple jump.
Anthony Wheeler, the City runner-up at 800 meters, won his specialty in 1:59.1. Wheeler combined with Eric Pierce, Mabry and Devon Dubriel, winner of the 400 (52.6) on the 1,600 relay team, which won in 3:28.2.
Mabry won the 110 high hurdles in 15.1 and knocked more than two seconds off his seasonal-best in the 300 intermediate hurdles to win in 40.3.
The Dons also received first- and second-place performances from Keith Friday and Cliff Judie in the high jump, each clearing 6-0. Oscar Lopez (43-0) and Oscar Lopez (4:51.9) also recorded victories in the shotput and 1,600.
Alexis Glenn notched victories in the 100 hurdles (16.5), long jump (15-1) and high jump (4-8) to help the Dorsey girls escape with a 60-59 victory over Narbonne.
Betty Butler won the 400 and 800 in 59.2 and 2:25.1 for Dorsey (3-0).
The Washington boys (3-0) stayed on pace for a showdown Wednesday with Dorsey for the Southern Pacific conference title, defeating host Banning, 71-45.
Jim McElroy won the 100 in 10.9, led a General sweep in the 200, clocking 21.5, and also anchored the 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams to victory in 42.8 and 3:28.9.
Amar Brisco won the 400 in 51.3 and long jump at 20-8 for Washington. Doniel Webster (43-11 3/4) and Jamal Williams (40-5) also won the shotput and triple jump.
Keisha Griffis was all the Washington girls (3-0) needed to defeat Banning, 71-45.
The junior won the 100 hurdles (15.1) and 300 hurdles (48.0) and anchored the 400-meter relay team of Shana Skaggs, Turie McCormick, Kizzy Veazey to victory in 52.6 despite a dropped baton.
McCormick won the 100 (13.1) and triple jump (32-3) and Tina Greer leaped 16-3 in the long jump for Washington.
On the Fast Track
A look at some of the season's top performances:
* 100 METERS: Jim McElroy (Washington), 10.5
* 200 METERS: Jim McElroy (Washington), 21.1
* 400 METERS: Leo Settle (Dorsey), 49.9
* 800 METERS: Michael Granville (Bell Gardens), 1:51.11
* 400 RELAY: Dorsey, 42.6
* 1,600 RELAY: Dorsey, 3:24.6
* 300 HURDLES: Anthony Mabry (Dorsey), 40.3.
* LONG JUMP: Francisco Paredes (Loyola), 21-10
* HIGH JUMP: Keith Friday (Dorsey), 6-4.
* POLE VAULT: Dan Baumeister (Loyola), 14-6
* SHOTPUT: Matt Pentecost (Loyola), 52-7 1/2.
* 400 METERS: Betty Butler (Dorsey), 59.2.
* 800 METERS: Betty Butler (Dorsey), 2:25.1
* 400 RELAY: Washington, 50.1
* 100 HURDLES: Keisha Griffis (Washington), 15.1.
* 300 HURDLES: Keisha Griffis (Washington), 48.0
* HIGH JUMP: Alexis Glenn (Dorsey), 5-2.
* LONG JUMP: Tina Greer (Washington), 16-3.