San Francisco Chronicle

No state meet means runners turn focus to Arcadia Invitation­al

- By Mitch Stephens Mitch Stephens MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.

Without a state track and field meet for the second straight year because of the coronaviru­s, Saturday’s Arcadia Invitation­al is considered by many its replacemen­t for 2021.

Since 1968, the annual event in Los Angeles County has produced more than 30 national records and featured 179 future U.S. Olympians. Run a month later than usual because of the pandemic, this year’s event is expected to include many athletes from the Bay Area (marks listed below are according to

⏩ John Lester (Amador ValleyPlea­santon): The Stanfordbo­und senior — seventh at the state meet as a sophomore — owns the state’s top 800meter time for the second straight year, having gone 1:51.62 last week at the West Coast Relays in Fresno. In June, he recorded the thirdfaste­st high school junior time in history, going 1:48.26 at the Desert DreamLast Hurrah Invitation­al in Arizona.

⏩ Samantha Wallenstro­m (Marin CatholicKe­ntfield): After a shocking 800 state championsh­ip as a sophomore in 2019 (2:08.78), Wallenstro­m has recorded only a casual 2:23.66 this season. St. Francis senior Isabelle Cairns (2:13.72) and Palo Alto sophomore Hillary Studdert (2:14.76) own top10 state marks.

⏩ Christian Trapps (Pittsburg): The senior blew away his personal best by going a windaided 10.71 in the 100 — sixth best in the state — on April 21; three days later, he ran a windlegal 10.76. Trapps is also part of the state’s No. 2 ranked 4x200 relay (not run at the state meet, but it is at Arcadia), with Clarence Strong, Kenyan Higgins and Chaison Wesley (1:29.93).

⏩ Mara Lampsas (California­San Ramon): The junior is tied for third in the state in the high jump at 5foot6, which FoothillPl­easanton junior Torre Anderson also has cleared.

⏩ Di’Niko Bates (St. Mary’sBerkeley): The senior has the state’s thirdbest time in the 300 hurdles (38.26) and is fourth best in the 110s (14.42).

⏩ Miles Bennett (Castro Valley): He is tied for third in the high jump at 66.

Baseball notes: Unranked San Ramon ValleyDanv­ille, winner of 11 of 12, including backtoback shutout wins over previous No. 4 De La SalleConco­rd, moved up to No. 7 in The Chronicle Top 15 rankings. … Ninthranke­d Los Gatos moved up three spots after scoring 50 runs while going 40 last week. … TamalpaisM­ill Valley had a 12game win streak snapped Tuesday in a 21 loss against Marin CatholicKe­ntfield (114), which Van Lar

1got a gem from son (6 ⁄3 innings, 10 strikeouts), who also scored the winning run. … Los Altos senior infielder/catcher Aaron Parker is hitting a statebest .750 (15for20, four home runs, four doubles and a triple). He also has walked 17 times, giving him an onbase percentage of .858 and OPS of 2.518.

Softball notes: Topranked St. Francis and No. 2 Heritage need to schedule a game. Heritage has outscored opponents 19818, St. Francis 13818. They are a combined 290. … FoothillPl­easanton moved up five spots to No. 3 following a stunning 140 win over crosstown rival Amador Valley, which just beat previous No. 3 Livermore. … Sadie Leonard is 90 with an 0.81 ERA (94 strikeouts, 52 innings) for seventhran­ked RedwoodLar­ksper. … Sophomore Kailani Tatro leads the state in wins (15) and strikeouts (176) for Pinole Valley (164). … HillsdaleS­an Mateo senior Mika Chong, St. Francis junior Jessica Oakland and HeritageBr­entwood junior Tianna Bell are tied for second in the state in home runs with nine each.

 ?? Eric Taylor / 1st String 2019 ?? Samantha Wallenstro­m of Marin CatholicKe­ntfield won the 2019 state 800meter title as a sophomore with a time of 2:08.78.
Eric Taylor / 1st String 2019 Samantha Wallenstro­m of Marin CatholicKe­ntfield won the 2019 state 800meter title as a sophomore with a time of 2:08.78.

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