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January 19, 1990 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Followers of Orange County track and field, say hello to Cyndi Boothby, sophomore speedster from Esperanza High School. Now, get ready to say goodby. With just one season of track under her spikes--a season that established her as a young but impressive talent--Boothby must bid farewell to Orange County, her home for the past year and a half. Because of her father's recent job transfer, Boothby and her family will soon move to Cincinnati.
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February 11, 1995 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is the nation's top returning high school runner at 3,200 meters and he finished seventh in the Foot Locker national cross-country championships in December, yet Antonio Arce of Palmdale will be a decided underdog in today's Sunkist Invitational at the Sports Arena. That's because the Falcon senior will run the mile against a talent-laden field that includes eight competitors with personal bests of 4 minutes 16.33 seconds or faster in the 1,600 meters.
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November 26, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sergei Bubka, the world record-holder in the pole vault, has signed a contract to compete at the Sunkist Invitational indoor track meet, Feb. 15 at the Sports Arena.
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February 10, 1995 | MATT FARMER
More than 40 individual county athletes and 25 relay teams will compete in the Sunkist Indoor Invitational track and field meet beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Defending State champions Tara Oettinger of Foothill (long jump) and Kristy Kierulff (high jump) lead the list of local talent in the 25th running of the event. Kierulff will not compete in her specialty, choosing the long jump instead.
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October 31, 1990
Ben Johnson, who was stripped of the gold medal and record he set when he won in the 100-meter dash at the 1988 Olympics after testing positive for steroid use, has signed to run in the Sunkist Invitational indoor track meet Jan. 18 at the Sports Arena. It will be the first competition in the United States for Johnson since his two-year suspension ended last month. Johnson set a world record of 9.79 seconds in beating Carl Lewis in the 100-meter final at Seoul.
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January 19, 1990 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The world's fastest male and female milers, Abdi Bile and Paula Ivan, may or may not be the featured attractions at the 31st annual Sunkist Invitational track meet tonight at the Sport Arena. Depends on your point of view. To the track purist--for whom an indoor mile is an amusing little race to be tolerated, not venerated--Sunkist's $100,000 Challenge Mile may be more challenge than even promoter Al Franken intended.
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February 5, 1992 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Promotion is the thing in track and field, a sport that in this country is experiencing increasing trouble drawing sponsors and fans. Hence the pro-wrestling-like angle put forth for the women's mile to be run at the 33rd Sunkist Invitational indoor track meet, Feb. 15 at the Sports Arena. A press release refers to the "stormy rivalry" between PattiSue Plumer and Suzy Favor-Hamilton.
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January 20, 1990 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To have traveled thousands of miles, lived through a revolution, and be undone by a pair of shoes and a piece of wood. That was the result of Paula Ivan's attempt to break the world indoor mile record Friday night at the Sunkist Invitational track meet. Call it equipment failure. Call it hard knocks on wood. By any term, Ivan's failure to finish the race in which $100,000 was offered for the record, was disappointing. In keeping with the entire evening.
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February 17, 1992 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An incensed Sergei Bubka--who said meet promoter Al Franken broke his promise to provide a rubberized vaulting runway--vowed late Saturday night to never return to the Sunkist Invitational after enduring a series of delays and mishaps. Bubka, world record-holder in the pole vault, won the meet Saturday night by clearing 19 feet 8 1/4 inches, an American all-comers record.
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February 10, 1994 | JIM MURRAY
They are our best athletes. They run faster, jump higher, throw farther. There's not an ounce of fat on them. They work out, eat right. They don't smoke, chew, swear or drink. Their bodies are their temples. They don't need a team to do what they do, or a car, a club, a racket, although they might need a pole. Some of them perform barefoot. They are track and field stars, and by all rights they should be the most celebrated of performers if athletic prowess is the criterion. They're not.
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February 10, 1995 | MIKE DOWNEY
Sometimes I feel guilty about not writing more about track and field. Basketball this, baseball that, football, football, football, a little hockey, a bit of golf, boxing, basketball, basketball and more basketball, that's my life. The 36th Sunkist indoor track meet will be run Saturday at the Sports Arena, and what a welcome relief it will be from all those balls and pucks. Check it out.
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February 18, 1994 | EARL GUSTKEY
Olympic champion Gail Devers pulled out of the 50-meter dash in Saturday's Sunkist track meet at the Sports Arena because new indoor world record-holder Irina Privalova was added to the field, said Al Franken, the event's director. Franken said Devers' representatives, Debra and Wallace Anderson, wanted more money for their runner when they learned Privalova would run. Devers, named 1993 U.S. women's track athlete of the year, won the women's 100-meter dash in the 1992 Olympics at Barcelona.
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February 10, 1994 | JIM MURRAY
They are our best athletes. They run faster, jump higher, throw farther. There's not an ounce of fat on them. They work out, eat right. They don't smoke, chew, swear or drink. Their bodies are their temples. They don't need a team to do what they do, or a car, a club, a racket, although they might need a pole. Some of them perform barefoot. They are track and field stars, and by all rights they should be the most celebrated of performers if athletic prowess is the criterion. They're not.
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February 21, 1993 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jackie Joyner-Kersee couldn't help herself. Standing on the backstretch of the track at Saturday night's Sunkist Invitational with her brother Al, Joyner-Kersee fired a verbal elbow to the ribs. Pointing to the pole vault area, where the crossbar was well above the Sports Arena floor, the older sister remarked to her younger brother, "That's 17-(feet-)8. You've got to vault that!"
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February 21, 1993 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a good thing Paul Turner of San Diego University City High is easygoing. Otherwise he might have gone berserk when it was announced that Bryan Howard of Moreno Valley Canyon Springs had beaten him in the boys' 50-meter dash with a national high school indoor record of 5.80 seconds in the Sunkist Invitational track and field meet at the Sports Arena on Saturday night. "I was just shocked," Turner said when he heard the announcement. "But I was pretty sure I had won.
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February 20, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has arrived, the one-day indoor track and field season in Southern California. There was a time not so long ago when indoor track and field here resembled a real season. Three of the most prominent meets on North America's Mobil Grand Prix circuit were held each year in Los Angeles and San Diego. But the economics of track and field and Southern California have conspired to reduce the local schedule to a solitary meet, today's 34th annual Sunkist Invitational at the Sports Arena.
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February 20, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has arrived, the one-day indoor track and field season in Southern California. There was a time not so long ago when indoor track and field here resembled a real season. Three of the most prominent meets on North America's Mobil Grand Prix circuit were held each year in Los Angeles and San Diego. But the economics of track and field and Southern California have conspired to reduce the local schedule to a solitary meet, today's 34th annual Sunkist Invitational at the Sports Arena.
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February 17, 1992 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An incensed Sergei Bubka--who said meet promoter Al Franken broke his promise to provide a rubberized vaulting runway--vowed late Saturday night to never return to the Sunkist Invitational after enduring a series of delays and mishaps. Bubka, world record-holder in the pole vault, won the meet Saturday night by clearing 19 feet 8 1/4 inches, an American all-comers record.
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February 15, 1992 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, it's not sensible to say Andre Cason has a problem. Cason is the world indoor champion at 60 meters. Friday night in a meet at Madrid, Cason lowered his world record at that distance to 6.41 seconds. It bettered a record he set only two weeks ago. So what's the problem? The problem is that too often all but the most dedicated track fans react to his name with 'Andre who?' Cason is an anomaly in the sprint ranks. He's quiet. He doesn't brag or berate his opponents.
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