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Track & Field Sets Records at Arcadia Invitational

By Lennie Nelson

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Lennie Nelson | Staff Writer

April 17, 2014

Dos Pueblos athletes had stand-out performances at the largest and most prestigious high school track meet in the country this weekend.

The Arcadia Invitational only allows entry based upon Elite National and State marks or time, so the number of athletes a school has at the meet is usually an effective measuring stick to the skill of that school’s track and field program.

Dos Pueblos had 2 runners on the track and 4 field athletes compete over the two day meet.

Leading the way was Senior Stamatia Scarvelis. On Saturday, Scarvelis won the discus competition by 10 feet in a new personal best of 172 feet and 7 inches. This performance was the best all-time at Arcadia.

A few hours later, Scarvelis completed the deuce with a victory in the Shot Put. With a throw of 52 feet and 1 inch, she bested opponents from across the country.

The reigning US Junior and Pan-American Junior Champion is currently 7th All-Time in the National Record book with her PR set last week of 53 feet and 5 1/2 inches. She could face stiff competition later in the season as the National Record was set over 56 feet this weekend by Raven Saunders of South Carolina.

Also competing in the Shot Put competition was Jon Dickinson, a Senior at DP. The senior placed 10th in the Shot with a throw of 51’05”.

On Friday night, Senior Cole Smith competed in the 3rd Rated Section of the 3200m. This was the 3rd fastest heat in the overall deepest 3200m competition in high school history.

Smith recorded a personal best by one second to run a time of 9 minutes and 25 seconds. Smith is the top returner in the Channel League for 3200m from 2013 and looks to advance past Southern Section Prelims this year.

Also in the 3200m at Arcadia was Senior Addi Zerrenner. Zerrenner competed on Saturday night in the Invitational section and got a season’s best time of 10 minutes and 45 seconds.

In the pole vault, Senior Tate Cutcliffe finished 5th place. His height of 14 feet was close to a personal best. Sydney Eilbacher continued Dos Pueblos’ vaulting excellence with a 4th place finish in the Women’s competition on Saturday. Her best height on the day was 10 feet and 9 inches.

Next up for the Chargers is a dual meet against Santa Barbara High School this Thursday at Home. The Dons boys won their first dual meet in 14 years recently, but Dos Pueblos is favorited to win in both Men’s and Women’s competitions.

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