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Track: Carroll identifies top challengers in 100, 200

May 29, 2009 | 10:09 pm

Randall Carroll didn't seem broken up about his upset loss in the 200 meters to Tustin's Ameer Webb.

All that mattered, he said, was that he qualified for next week's state meet on a cool, windy night that was not ideal for sprinting.

Carroll won the 100 and will be favored in the 100 and 200 next week at the state meet at Clovis Buchanan High.

Asked to identify his top competitors in the 100, Carroll pointed to Fountain Valley's Kyle Middlebrooks, who finished second tonight in 10.68 seconds. Carroll said he was surprised by Middlebrooks' ability to quickly get out of the starting block. Carroll also mentioned Bishop Amat's Sheldon Price, who took third in 10.73, saying that his future UCLA football teammate has tremendously improved each week.

In the 200, Carroll singled out Crenshaw's DeAnthony Thomas, Woodland Hills Taft's D.J. Morgan and Santee's Tevin Carter, who won the City championship on Thursday. "He's tall and lanky and he runs a powerful race," Carroll said of Carter. "He'll be somewhat challenging."

Carroll said Webb could use his victory over Carroll as a confidence booster. Not that Carroll seems worried.

"Next week will be a different race," he said.

--Ben Bolch