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The Times' Rankings

June 19, 2002

A final look at the top 10 boys' track and field teams in the Southland:

1. Long Beach Poly (SS-Div. I)

Won its second consecutive Division I title and finished two points behind first-place Bakersfield in state championships. (Previous ranking: No. 1)

2. Taft (City)

Fell short in bid to win third consecutive City Section title, but Long Beach Poly is only team that would outscore Toreadors in a hypothetical meet featuring all top performers from the Southland. (2)

3. Rio Mesa (SS-Div. I)

Distance runner Phillip Reid and hurdler Justin Johnson gave the Spartans a dynamic duo as juniors this season. (5)

4. Dominguez (SS-Div. II)

Sophomore sprinter Lionel Larry and junior hurdler Craig Woods led Dons to first Division II title. (4)

5. Arroyo Grande (SS-Div. I)

Thrower Jon Howard and pole vaulter David Murphy led Eagles to runner-up finish in Division I finals. (7)

6. Etiwanda (SS-Div. I)

High jumper D'Ornoir Flax, 800-meter runner Kyle Sunderland and 3,200 runner Michael Poe gave Eagles three top-five finishers in state championships. (3)

7. Trabuco Hills (SS-Div. I)

Senior Matt Bruno led Mustangs to third-place finish in state championships by winning the 100 and 200. (9)

8. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (SS-Div. III)

Senior hurdlers Louie Procopio and Jensen Wayne led Knights to first Division III title. (Not ranked)

9. Walnut (SS-Div. I)

Senior Ronald Hill won long jump in state championships in addition to placing sixth in 100 and running anchor leg on sixth-place 400 relay team. (6)

10. Huntington Beach (SS-Div. II)

Senior Brian Ruziecki won shotput and placed second in discus in Division II finals. (NR)

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