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Track: Top runners starting to loosen up

March 20, 2011 |  3:44 pm

Top marks in track and field are starting to be produced. Here's the statewide list courtesy of Dyestat California.

Familiar names include Jonathan Cabral of Agoura and Sam Barkley of Santa Ana Mater Dei in the hurldes and defending state 100 and 200 champion Remontay McClain of Covina in the sprints.

One of the first big meets of the year is set for Saturday, the Adidas Meet of Champions Distance Classic at Azusa Pacific.

The winner of the mile race will qualify to compete in June in the "Jim Ryun High School Dream Mile." Scheduled to compete include Jantzen Oshier of Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills and Ammar Mousa of Arcadia, the state Division I cross country champion.

There's also a special 100-meter race featuring McClain, who will be attending Azusa Pacific next season.

In the girls' 100, Valexsia Droughn of Oxnard Rio Mesa is scheduled to run.

The sprint races are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. followed by the mile. Racing begins at 7 a.m. and lasts all day. The meet has close to 3,000 athletes who race in only three events, the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Athletes are seeded by times.

-- Eric Sondheimer