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Track and field: 400-meter runner resurfaces in a big way

April 10, 2010 |  4:30 pm

Josh Mance, one of the nation's top high school 400-meter runners, wasn't entered in Saturday's Arcadia Invitational. He had transferred from Chino Hills to Don Lugo and was cleared by the Southern Section office on Jan. 25.

Not until this week did someone from Don Lugo inquire about getting a spot for Mance, who won the silver medal last summer at the IAFF World Youth Championships in Italy.

Arcadia officials said it was too late but they might be able to find a spot for him in the day meet on Saturday. They called Don Lugo Saturday morning and informed the school that a spot had opened up.

So there was Mance showing up at Arcadia High and running the 400 in a stunning 46.79 seconds, the best time in the nation this season.

UPDATE: In the evening, Mance got into the seeded 400 and ran 47.11, the second-fastest time in the nation.

-- Eric Sondheimer