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Agoura's Jonathan Cabral runs like the wind in 110 hurdles

Cabral's wind-aided time of 13.27 seconds at Masters Meet is the fastest in California history in any conditions. He also runs a nation-leading time in 300 hurdles.

May 27, 2011|By Ben Bolch
  • Agoura's Jonathan Cabral breezes to victory in the 110-meter high hurdles during the Southern Section Masters meet on Friday at Cerritos College.
Agoura's Jonathan Cabral breezes to victory in the 110-meter high… (Kirby Lee / US Presswire )

Next week Clovis, one day Rio de Janeiro?

Jonathan Cabral's 2016 Olympic dreams didn't seem like much of a leap after the Agoura High hurdler's dazzling performance Friday at the Southern Section Masters Meet.

Cabral ran the 110-meter hurdles at Cerritos College in a wind-aided 13.27 seconds, the fastest time in California history under any conditions and the eighth-fastest performance by a high schooler under any conditions.

"That's been my life goal — since sophomore year," Cabral said of running a time faster than the 21-year-old state record of 13.30. "I'm just so happy I accomplished it. It's getting me closer to real life goal, which is to go to the Olympics."

Cabral won the 300 hurdles in a nation-leading 36.19, pulling away from a tightly bunched pack on the third-to-last hurdle and cementing his status as the runaway favorite in both of his events at the state meet next Friday and Saturday at Clovis Buchanan High.

Asked how much he could improve on his times, Cabral said, "I'm always shooting for the best. Sub-13 [in the 110] would just be lovely to me."

Covina's Remontay McClain parlayed strong starts into victories in the boys' 100 and 200. The defending state champion won the 100 in a blowout, his time of 10.34 off the mark of 10.31 he ran last week in the division championships but well ahead of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame sophomore Khalfani Muhammad's 10.61.

McClain didn't have to contend with several top challengers in the 100. Gardena Serra's George Farmer, the second-place finisher last year in the state meet by one-thousandth of a second, was sidelined by an injured ankle. West Covina's Beejay Lee, who posted a 10.48 earlier this year, was disqualified during last week's divisional meet because of a false start.

"I'm disappointed because those are two super athletes," said McClain, who held off Lee in the 200, winning in 20.87 to Lee's 20.96.

Long Beach Poly's Melia Cox won the girls' 100 hurdles in 13.34, breaking the mark of 13.42 she established earlier this year as the fastest time in the nation. Poly teammate Akawkaw Ndipagbor logged another nation-leading mark, running the 400 in 53.51. Ndipagbor also won the 200 in 23.76 and was part of a 4x400 relay that prevailed in 3:41.75.

North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake junior Amy Weissenbach captured the girls' 800 in 2:06.18, the fastest time in the state and second fastest in the nation this year.

Though the top five finishers in each event are guaranteed spots in the state meet, only four teams advanced in the boys' 4x100 relay. Four others were disqualified, including Oxnard Rio Mesa and Poly, which posted the second- and fifth-fastest times, respectively, at the divisional meet.

A Rio Mesa runner dropped the baton and Poly didn't finish.

ben.bolch@latimes.com

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