By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
For more than 20 years, the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet has been more about national notoriety. San Gabriel Valley athletes have long played a part in helping the meet reach that goal, but the Valley’s top athletes have rarely made an impact on those national headlines. They could this year, though.
Seven of the marquee events in the two-day meet will have Valley athletes playing an integral role. The 44th annual meet, at Arcadia High School, begins tonight with a slew of relay races. The meet continues Saturday morning with open events and concludes Saturday night with the invitational portion, for which a capacity crowd is expected.
Feature on Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price: Track and field athletes often view the Arcadia Invitational as a springboard to a big season. Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price understands that line of thinking and is hoping to parlay a big performance in Arcadia this weekend into something area fans won’t soon forget. “Basically, this track meet is a preview of what state is going to be,” Price said. “I’m excited for this track meet. It’s one of my favorites.”
L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer writes great piece on defending 100, 200 meter state champ, Covina’s Remontay McClain: More than 200 track athletes were wandering around the field at Covina High waiting to warm up. Trying to identify the defending state champion in the 100 and 200 meters amid a diverse group of teenage boys and girls was difficult. Then, out of the blue, came a clue. Remontay McClain was the only student carrying a garbage container at the request of his coach, Kevin Glaspy.