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The Times' Rankings

March 05, 2003|John Ortega

A preseason look at the top 10 track and field girls' teams in the Southland:

Shalonda Solomon, Jasmine Lee and Dominique Dorsey give Jackrabbits nation's best sprint trio.

*--* 1. LONG BEACH POLY, SS-DIV. I

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*--* 2. RIVERSIDE NORTH, SS-DIV. I

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Gayle Hunter's transfer from Riverside King gives defending state champion Huskies even more talent.

*--* 3. LONG BEACH WILSON, SS-DIV. I

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Ashley Freeman is one of the state's top performers in 400 and 800.

*--* 4. ARROYO GRANDE, SS-DIV. I

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Billie Jo Grant is top returning discus thrower in nation and teammate Megan Howard is top returning shotputter in state.

*--* 5. L.A. BAPTIST, SS-DIV. IV

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Allyson Felix is the top returning sprinter in nation, but she can also burn a 400.

*--* 6. RANCHO CUCAMONGA, SS-DIV. I

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Cougars have nice 1-2 punch in quarter-miler Tijahnni Newton and distance runner Brenda Martinez.

*--* 7. WOODBRIDGE, SS-DIV. II

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Michelle Sanford is top returning triple jumper in nation and No. 2 returning long jumper in state.

*--* 8. ATASCADERO, SS-DIV. III

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Kacey Lundgren and Monica Pacas give Greyhounds dynamic duo in pole vault.

*--* 9. MURRIETA VALLEY, SS-DIV. I

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Liza Pasciuto excels in 800, 1,600 and 3,200 for Nighthawks.

*--* 10. MISSION VIEJO, SS-DIV. I

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Priscilla Gardner was state finalist in discus last year.

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