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The Times' All-region Boys' Track Team

June 25, 1998

FIRST TEAM

MIGUEL FLETCHER

Alemany, Senior

100 meters, 200 meters

* The region's track athlete of the year ran school records of 10.36 seconds in the 100 and 20.94 in the 200 and finished second in the state championships in both events. He had a 4-3 record against 1997 state champion Justin Fargas of Notre Dame in the 100.

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BLAINE BUSSEY

Taft, Junior

400 meters

* Taft's No. 3 runner in the 400 at the start of the season went on a tear at the end. He won the City Section title in 47.52, clocked 47.49 in a qualifying heat of state championships--to move into a tie for sixth on the all-time region performer list--and finished third in the final in 48.11.

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RYAN MEUSE

Simi Valley, Senior

800 meters

* The Stanford-bound Meuse garnered his third consecutive No. 1-ranking after clocking a season best of 1:54.20 to place fifth in the state championships and winning the Southern Section Division I and Masters Meet titles.

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JUSTIN PATANANAN

Highland, Senior

1,600 meters

* Patananan ran the three fastest times in the region this season, topped by a school-record 4:15.92 that placed him third in the Southern Section Division I final. He ran 4:16.44 to finish sixth in the Masters Meet.

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DUSTY HERMAN

Nordhoff, Senior

3,200 meters

* Herman's best of 9:13.33 left him .02 seconds shy of fifth place in the Masters Meet, but he ran three of the six fastest times in the region this season and defeated Aaron Sharp of Santa Clara for the Southern Section Division III, Frontier League and Russell Cup titles.

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GREG BROWN

Camarillo, Junior

110-meter high hurdles

* Brown clocked 14.98, fastest time in the region this year, to win his second consecutive Marmonte League title a week after winning his first Ventura County championship.

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PATRICK DOLAN

Newbury Park, Senior

300-meter intermediate hurdles

* He won his first Ventura County title and second consecutive Marmonte League championship this season. He placed sixth in the Southern Section Division I final and led the region with a 38.8 clocking.

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TAFT

400-meter, 1,600-meter relays

* The Toreadors won City Section titles in both events and placed second in the 1,600 relay and fourth in the 400 relay in the state championships. The 1,600 relay team of senior twins Larry and Lawrence Jones and juniors Blaine Bussey and Lawrence Wallace set a region record of 3:13.21 in the state championships. The 400 foursome of the Joneses, Bussey and junior Marquis Brignac had a season best of 41.64 to move to ninth on the all-time region list.

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BRIAN FREENY

Channel Islands, Junior

High jump

* The Marmonte League champion cleared 6 feet 6 inches in three meets and 6-4 in several others. He placed second in the Southern Section Division I championships before failing to clear a height in the Masters Meet.

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PATRICK TURNER

Granada Hills, Senior

Pole vault

* Turner was upset by William Harty of Monroe for the City title, but placed sixth in the state championships with a career best equaling height of 14-8. He cleared 14-6 or higher seven times.

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RAY CARMEL

Channel Islands, Senior

Long jump

* Carmel didn't take up the long jump in earnest until late April, but won Marmonte League and Southern Section Division I titles, placed fifth in the Masters Meet and ninth in the state championships. He has a best of 23-1.

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ANDRE TIDWELL

Highland, Senior

Triple jump

* Tidwell bounded a career-best of 45-1 to place second to Littlerock's Rodney Woods in the Golden League finals, and placed sixth in the Southern Section Division I final.

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MIKE SEIDMAN

Westlake, Junior

Shotput

* The Ventura County and Marmonte League champion had a season best of 53-8 3/4 and was the only performer in the region to put over 53 feet in three meets.

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TIM ADRIAN

Moorpark, Junior

Discus

* The Ventura County champion was academically ineligible during the first half of the season, but raised his school record six times when he returned to competition. His final school record of 183-6 placed him fifth in the state championships.

SECOND TEAM

JUSTIN FARGAS

Notre Dame, Senior

100 meters

* Fargas, 1997 state champion, was hampered by a strained right hamstring for the last five weeks of the season, but still finished third in the state championships and second in the Southern Section Division III final and Masters Meet. His school record of 10.37 moved him to third on the all-time region list.

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QUINCY WRIGHT

El Camino Real, Senior

200 meters

* The quick-starting Wright developed into an outstanding 200 sprinter this year. He placed second in the City championships in a school-record 21.26 to move to seventh on the all-time region list and he finished ninth in the state meet.

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MATT LEA

Camarillo, Senior

400 meters

* Lea ran a then state-leading time of 47.38 to win the Ventura County title on May 1 and move to fifth on the all-time region list, but he failed to break 48.50 in five meets after that. He placed second in the Southern Section Division I final and fourth in the Masters Meet.

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MATTHEW TORRES

Nordhoff, Senior

800 meters

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