THE TIMES’ ALL-REGION BOYS’ TRACK TEAM
100 meters, 200 meters
* The region’s track athlete of the year ran school records of 10.36 seconds in the 100 and 20.94 in the 200 and finished second in the state championships in both events. He had a 4-3 record against 1997 state champion Justin Fargas of Notre Dame in the 100.
* Taft’s No. 3 runner in the 400 at the start of the season went on a tear at the end. He won the City Section title in 47.52, clocked 47.49 in a qualifying heat of state championships--to move into a tie for sixth on the all-time region performer list--and finished third in the final in 48.11.
Simi Valley, Senior
* The Stanford-bound Meuse garnered his third consecutive No. 1-ranking after clocking a season best of 1:54.20 to place fifth in the state championships and winning the Southern Section Division I and Masters Meet titles.
* Patananan ran the three fastest times in the region this season, topped by a school-record 4:15.92 that placed him third in the Southern Section Division I final. He ran 4:16.44 to finish sixth in the Masters Meet.
* Herman’s best of 9:13.33 left him .02 seconds shy of fifth place in the Masters Meet, but he ran three of the six fastest times in the region this season and defeated Aaron Sharp of Santa Clara for the Southern Section Division III, Frontier League and Russell Cup titles.
110-meter high hurdles
* Brown clocked 14.98, fastest time in the region this year, to win his second consecutive Marmonte League title a week after winning his first Ventura County championship.
Newbury Park, Senior
300-meter intermediate hurdles
* He won his first Ventura County title and second consecutive Marmonte League championship this season. He placed sixth in the Southern Section Division I final and led the region with a 38.8 clocking.
400-meter, 1,600-meter relays
* The Toreadors won City Section titles in both events and placed second in the 1,600 relay and fourth in the 400 relay in the state championships. The 1,600 relay team of senior twins Larry and Lawrence Jones and juniors Blaine Bussey and Lawrence Wallace set a region record of 3:13.21 in the state championships. The 400 foursome of the Joneses, Bussey and junior Marquis Brignac had a season best of 41.64 to move to ninth on the all-time region list.
Channel Islands, Junior
* The Marmonte League champion cleared 6 feet 6 inches in three meets and 6-4 in several others. He placed second in the Southern Section Division I championships before failing to clear a height in the Masters Meet.
Granada Hills, Senior
* Turner was upset by William Harty of Monroe for the City title, but placed sixth in the state championships with a career best equaling height of 14-8. He cleared 14-6 or higher seven times.
Channel Islands, Senior
* Carmel didn’t take up the long jump in earnest until late April, but won Marmonte League and Southern Section Division I titles, placed fifth in the Masters Meet and ninth in the state championships. He has a best of 23-1.
* Tidwell bounded a career-best of 45-1 to place second to Littlerock’s Rodney Woods in the Golden League finals, and placed sixth in the Southern Section Division I final.
* The Ventura County and Marmonte League champion had a season best of 53-8 3/4 and was the only performer in the region to put over 53 feet in three meets.
* The Ventura County champion was academically ineligible during the first half of the season, but raised his school record six times when he returned to competition. His final school record of 183-6 placed him fifth in the state championships.
Notre Dame, Senior
* Fargas, 1997 state champion, was hampered by a strained right hamstring for the last five weeks of the season, but still finished third in the state championships and second in the Southern Section Division III final and Masters Meet. His school record of 10.37 moved him to third on the all-time region list.
El Camino Real, Senior
* The quick-starting Wright developed into an outstanding 200 sprinter this year. He placed second in the City championships in a school-record 21.26 to move to seventh on the all-time region list and he finished ninth in the state meet.
* Lea ran a then state-leading time of 47.38 to win the Ventura County title on May 1 and move to fifth on the all-time region list, but he failed to break 48.50 in five meets after that. He placed second in the Southern Section Division I final and fourth in the Masters Meet.
* Torres ran a school record of 1:54.30 to lead Nordhoff to a 1-2 finish ahead of Simi Valley’s Ryan Meuse in the Ventura County championships and he also placed third in the Southern Section Division III final and Masters Meet.
* Herman ran 4:23.4 or faster four times, topped by a career best of 4:19.91 to win the Ventura County title. He won Frontier League and Russell Cup titles in the event.
Santa Clara, Senior
* Sharp broke 9:30 seven times, topped by a school-record and regional season best 9:12.06 to place second in the Masters Meet. He placed ninth in the state championships and second in the Southern Section Division III final.
Thousand Oaks, Senior
110-meter high hurdles
300-meter intermediate hurdles
* Sangalang was second in the Marmonte League finals in both events, but he was one of the most consistent hurdlers in the region. He ran career bests of 15.08 in the highs and 40.06 in the intermediates.
* The Knight 400 relay foursome of seniors Justin Fargas, Rod Arzu and Tony Arredondo and sophomore Chris Yates struggled with their baton passing in several meets, but still had a season best of 41.74. They ran a season best of 3:15.46 in the 1,600 relay to place third in the Masters Meet and finished ninth in the state championships.
* The Mission League champion raised his career best to 6-4 this season and consistently jumped 6-2 or higher. He placed fifth in the Southern Section Division III final.
* Harty won the City title by clearing 15 feet, best mark in the region this season, and cleared 14-4 or higher in two other meets. He was eliminated in the qualifying round of the state championships.
* Jackson won the Masters Meet and Ventura County titles and placed second to Ray Carmel of Channel Islands in the Marmonte League and Southern Section Division I championships. His career best of 23-2 ranked second in the region this year.
Flintridge Prep, Junior
* Oderkirk won the Southern Section Division IV title with a school-record 44-10 1/4 after bounding 43-8 1/2 in the Division IV preliminaries and 43-0 in the Prep League finals.
Newbury Park, Sophomore
* Svitek’s career best of 52-5 1/2 ranked sixth in the region this year but he placed second in the Ventura County and Marmonte League championships and seventh in the Southern Section Division I final.
* The Foothill League champion finished third in the Southern Section Division I championships and threw a career best of 169-11 to place fifth in the Masters Meet.