Martin Cannady, No. 13 on the jersey and not much higher in recognition outside the San Gabriel Valley, was nothing less than No. 1 Friday night at the Masters track meet.
A junior from Duarte, Cannady had several standout performances at Cerritos College, where the best of the Southern Section met in the final qualifying for the State championships. He won two individual events and anchored Falcon relay teams to first- and second-place finishes.
"I was running relaxed and not worrying about anything else," he said.
So the night was a success?
"It could have been a little better, but it was good enough,"he said.
In this case, good enough means running 10.59 to win the 100 meters and 21.31 to win the 200.
"He was very good, but the important thing to remember is his mental toughness," Duarte Coach Michael Ramos said. "That is such an overused phrase, but it's also so true. Notice in the 200 how he didn't give up?"
The night was equally as gratifying for Terry Johnson of Anaheim Katella, who came back after a disappointing loss to Rodney Bradshaw in last week's 3-A finals to beat the Saugus senior in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.