Future Huskies Come Together At Arcadia
One of the year's most prestigious high school track meets, the Arcadia Invitational, was held over the weekend at where else but Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California. A number of Washington's top recruits for the 2010-11 school year were running in Saturday night's invitational section, with some local recruits also making the trip down to SoCal.
A couple weeks after posting the nation's No. 1 time at 800-meters, Redondo's Chloe Curtis was part of another national-leading mark, as she anchored the winning distance medley relay team in a time of 11:54.75. Earlier in the day, Curtis was upset with herself for taking second in the 800-meters in a slower time than she'd run previously, and she told The Daily Breeze that she was ready to atone for it shortly thereafter.
"My blood was boiling after that 800," Curtis said. "It was not as well as I wanted to do, and I felt I could run faster. I was excited to go out again, and I had my team behind me so I wasn't going to wimp out.
"I wanted an Arcadia title. And it's even better with the team."
She took the baton in eighth-place but then split approximately 4:51 for the final 1,600-meters, taking the lead after one lap and running uncontested the rest of the way.
Elsewhere, Puyallup's Kayla Stueckle, one of the top returning 300m hurdlers in the nation, took third in that event in a time of 43.70 seconds. In the top heat of the women's 3,200-meters, Husky recruits Libery Miller (Canoga Park, CA) and Megan Morgan (Del Mar, CA) took second and third, respectively, in times of 10:31.05 and 10:37.51.
Sean Krinik, who took the national boys 800-meter lead at the same meet where Curtis posted the best girls time, move up to the mile run and took fourth in 4:14.15. Spokane's A.J. Maricich also cleared 6-11 in the high jump, which was the best clearance of the day though he ranked second on attempts.
Runnerspace.com also was in attendance and filmed every race. Here is the link to the women's DMR with Curtis running the anchor leg, and all additional races are on the left side of the screen.
One additional note on a soon-to-be Husky: All-American Katie Flood out of Des Moines, Iowa, ran the nation's top 1,500-meter time at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Iowa, crossing in 4:31.38. That broke the Iowa state record formerly held by Flood's older sister, Betsy.
Continuing to shape up to be quite the class!
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