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Area trio runs well

Track and field: Knowles, Monroy and Davis all compete in Arcadia Invite.

April 07, 2012|By Andrew J. Campa

ARCADIA — Qualifying to an evening event at Saturday's final day of the 45th annual Arcadia Invitational track and field meet is an honor bestowed to few, or locally, granted only to Glendale High's Michael Davis, St. Francis' James Knowles and Burroughs' Anthony Monroy.

Yet, the trio didn't shrink from the spotlight, instead they highlighted a successful day at Arcadia High.

Knowles posted two top-five efforts in his seeded events, taking third in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.40 seconds and fifth in the 300 hurdles in 39.04.

"I felt good in the 110 because I have the speed to compete," Knowles said. "When it comes to the 300, you have to be strong and finish that race and I've got to get better."


Knowles first raced with the sun at his back and a light tail wind awaiting him over the final 10-15 meters of the 110 hurdles, in which he topped his personal-best of 14.67.

As for the 300, Knowles led midway, but faded over the final 100 meters.

Speaking of shattering personal bests, Monroy did just that in finishing 13th in the seeded 3,200 in a mark of 9 minutes 14.20 seconds, well ahead of his previous top mark of 9:18.

"I haven't ran in a competitive race in a while, so this was great," Monroy said. "I really wasn't sure how I'd do, but I did pretty good."

Davis began by finishing fourth in the seeded 100-meter dash in 10.79, but felt he could have done better if he hadn't been thrown off by a false start by El Camino's Dylan McCloskey.

"The false start bothered me because I was ready to go," Davis said. "I could have done better, but I have a couple of weeks before [the Mt. SAC Invitational] to get better."

Davis later earned seventh place in the invitational 200, speeding to a mark of 21.98.

Glendale senior Sophia Amodia picked up the area's lone victory at the two-day long meet, by winning her open 300 hurdles heat in 45.24.

Amodia entered with a personal-best mark of 46 seconds and held off a stiff challenge from Ayala freshman Jaela Williams (45.45), who momentarily took a lead at 250 meters.

"She was gaining on me and I had to give everything I had," Amodia said. "I was disappointed with my results in the 100 hurdles [47th in 16.66] and wanted to make it up."

Amodia's time was 10th-best overall, behind overall leader Fleming Tayler (43.52) of M.L. King.

Flintridge Prep's Kate Kennedy also raced in the open 300 hurdles and finished seventh in her heat and 21st overall (46.34).

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy began local competition in the 400 open relay.

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