Nor­man blazes to a pair of wins

Vista Mur­ri­eta star takes the 400 and 200. Cham­i­nade’s Brock wins 100.

Los Angeles Times - - HIGH SCHOOLS - By Steve Gal­luzzo sports@la­

CLO­VIS, Calif. — On a night full of record per­for­mances, Michael Nor­man of Vista Mur­ri­eta de­liv­ered per­haps the most im­pres­sive, burn­ing up the track on his way to win­ning the 400 me­ters in 45.19 sec­onds at the CIF state track and field cham­pi­onships at Buchanan High.

Nor­man equaled the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of State High School Assns. na­tional record.

Then, in the 200 me­ters, Nor­man proved his win at the South­ern Sec­tion Masters Meet eight days ear­lier was no fluke, win­ning in a state-record 20.30, the sec­ond-fastest time in the na­tion this year and sixth-best all-time.

Nor­man capped the night by run­ning the an­chor leg in 44.9 sec­onds as the Bron­cos took third in the 1,600 re­lay and won the team ti­tle with 37 points, nine more than run­ner-up West Hills Cham­i­nade.

“It feels good,” Nor­man said. “I wanted to leave ev­ery­thing on the track and I’m go­ing to keep work­ing harder for next year.”

Cham­i­nade sprinter T.J. Brock ran the an­chor leg on the Ea­gles’ 400 re­lay team, which won in a per­son­albest 40.75, the 10th fastest time in the na­tion. Nor­man ran a blaz­ing open­ing leg to give Vista Mur­ri­eta a com­mand­ing lead be­fore drop­ping the baton on the last ex­change.

Brock won the 100 in a wind-le­gal per­sonal-best 10.34 sec­onds, the third-fastest in the na­tion this year. Justin Collins of City Sec­tion cham­pion Car­son won the 300 hur­dles in 36.67, the sixth-fastest time in the na­tion this year.

Rio Mesa ju­nior Zaria Fran­cis (11.31) edged Lau­ren Rain Wil­liams of West­lake Vil­lage Oaks Chris­tian (11.39) to win the 100 — the fourth con­sec­u­tive decade in which Rio Mesa has­won a state100 ti­tle.

The two hooked up in another stretch duel in the 200 and again Fran­cis came out on top in 23.09, the No. 2 time in the coun­try this year.

Wil­liams an­chored the Li­ons’ first-place 400 re­lay team.

USC-bound se­nior Matt Kat­nik from Bellflower St. John Bosco won the shot­put with a throw of 72 feet.

Jas­myne Gra­ham (13.17) of Corona Roo­sevelt and Mecca McGlas­ton (13.18) of Dublin were first and sec­ond in the 100 hur­dles with the fifth- and sixth-fastest times in U.S. his­tory and the thir­dand fourth-fastest wind-le­gal times in Cal­i­for­nia his­tory. Gra­ham later won the 300 hur­dles in a na­tional lead­ing 40.73.

“Ev­ery­thing else was lead­ing up to this and I’m glad I was able to win at state,” Gra­ham said.

Ran­cho Santa Mar­garita Te­soro’s Amanda Gehrich (4:39.33) and City Sec­tion cham­pion Marissa Wil­liams (4:39.88) of Pal­isades clocked the two fastest times in the na­tion to fin­ish first and sec­ond in the girls’ 1,600.

Erica Schroeder of San Mar­cos won the girls’ 800 in 2:07.08 and Isaac Trevino of Cen­ten­nial in the Cen­tral Sec­tion won the boys’ 800 in 1:51.55. Stu­dio City Har­vard-West­lake’s Court­ney Cor­rin leaped 20 feet 10 inches to win her sec­ond state long jump ti­tle.

Des­tiny Collins re­bounded from her third­place fin­ish in the 1,600 to win the 3,200 in a na­tion­albest 9:53.79, fourth-fastest all-time in Cal­i­for­nia. Fiona O’Keefe of Davis was sec­ond and Marissa Wil­liams was third.

Oaks Chris­tian won the girls’ team ti­tle with 34 points and Te­mec­ula Great Oak was sec­ond with 24.

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