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Track Honor for Solomon

June 27, 2003|Dan Loumena,Eric Sondheimer,Peter Yoon | From Staff Reports

Duane Solomon of Lompoc Cabrillo has been selected the state boys' track and field athlete of the year by Gatorade.

Solomon was undefeated this season at 800 meters, winning at the Arcadia Invitational, the Southern Section Division III final, the Masters meet and the state championships.

He ran a career-best 1 minute 49.79 seconds at state on June 7. He won the Golden West Invitational the following week.

He'll be running for Arizona State in the fall.

-- Dan Loumena

Eighty-one varsity and junior varsity high school athletic teams in the City Section have been put on probation and will not be permitted to play in at least one tournament this season for failing to turn in the proper paperwork to the section's athletics office.

The City Rules committee decided to start imposing punishment because schools were repeatedly missing deadlines to submit paperwork for tournament participation. There were more than 300.

Among the schools that will have to drop a tournament this season are Reseda in boys' and girls' basketball, Wilmington Banning in baseball and Westchester in baseball. Westchester also has been banned from playing host to any tournament in boys' basketball.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Daniel Im of La Habra, The Times' 2003 boys' golfer of the year, shot a final-round eight-under-par 64 Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage and won the American Junior Golf Assn. Lennar Junior Championship by three shots over Louie Bishop of Murrietta.

Im began the final round four strokes off the lead but had three birdies and an eagle in his last six holes to equal the tournament record and shoot a personal best. He finished with a total of 68-72-64--204.

Amie Cochran of Torrance birdied the second hole of a playoff against Ki-Shui Lao of Alameda to complete a wire-to-wire victory. Cochran shot 70-72-74--216 in her first AJGA tournament victory.

-- Peter Yoon

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