The Garden Grove boys' team sprinted to a quick lead Saturday at the Brea Olinda Relays, and the Edison girls leaped to an early lead.
Garden Grove's junior sprinter Kevin Griswold blazed his way to a preliminary victory in the 100 meters in 10.8 seconds. Griswold came out of the blocks going from side to side and built up his speed to recover and finish second to Adrian Logan of Upland in the 100-meter final.
Coach Mark Mariola was pleased with Griswold's performance. "He was injured all of last season, his start needs some work, but he looked good after that," Mariola said.
Griswold also ran a 10.8 in the final. "This was the first time he has been challenged all season. We have been bringing him along slowly," Mariola said.
Griswold led his team to first-place finishes in the 400 and 800 relays. Garden Grove failed to place in the sprint medley but Griswold ran a 21.9 anchor split. Garden Grove middle distance runner Mike Balderas finished first in the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes 28.5 seconds. He also ran on the 3,200 relay team.
Garden Grove won the Division I title with 97 points. Marina placing second with 59, with Rancho Cucamonga third with 57.
Brea Olinda took the Division II title with 93 points and West Covina South Hills was second with 90 points.
The Edison girls' team dominated Division I with 126 points, outscoring Woodbridge (90), Foothill (69), and Mission Viejo (63).
Kerry O'Bric jumped 17 feet 9 3/4 inches in the long jump, a new best in the county. She was challenged by freshman Ashley Bethel of Mission Viejo, who leaped 17-1 1/4. O'Bric matched her performance in the triple jump with a jump of 36-5 1/2, a new seasonal best.
Junior Karen Anderson helped pace the distance medley team to second place in the 800 meters and then came back to run 58.4 in the 400 meters.
Edison will face its biggest challenge in recent seasons on Tuesday against Esperanza in a Sunset League dual meet. The Chargers have a 33-league dual meet streak on the line.
Troy Lingenfelter of Claremont led all shotputters with a toss of 57-11. Angela Burgess of Woodbridge adjusted quickly to track season throwing 40-8, only to be topped by Sonya Bryant of Marina with her toss of 41-5.