By Dupé Aleru|April 12, 2001|10:44 a.m.
The Arcadia Invite—one of the most prestigious high school Track & Field events in the country, attracts top runners from California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and countless others.
Beverly Hills High was one of the top schools to compete at last weekend’s event. Brianna Simmons took fourth place—eighth overall, in the girls’ varsity open mile, with a time of 5:03.65. The 1600m race places Simmons in the number three all time spot at Beverly, closing in on the school record of 4:57.30 that is currently held by the Zucker twins Judi and Shari, set in 1978.
Additional highlights include the girls Distance Medley Relay (DMR) that consist of team members Ashley Bootesaz (1200 in 4:03.42), Sydney Gray (400m in 62.06), Lily Ting (800m in 2:26.21) and Brianna Simmons (1600m in 5:13.25) who took a respectable 10th place overall. The girls competed against 21 of the top teams in the country, and completed the event with a time of 12:44.95, placing them at Beverly’s number two all time record, barely missing the number one spot by less than three seconds.
Further highlights include the boys Distance Medley Relay team of Chanan Batra (1200m in 3:13.52), Mario Conti (400m in 51.15), Alex Rohani (800m in 2:00.32) and Josh Galen (1600m in 4:31.43), who took a strong sixth place out of 30 teams. The boys’ time was 12:35.83, placing them at the number three spot at Beverly. Batra’s 1200m time of 3:14.62 breaks the old school record of 3:15.00 set by Mark Luevano in 1971.
Last, but not least the boys 4x400m team of Mario Conti, Joel Steinberg, Cameron Countryman and Alex Rohani took fifth place in a time of 3:23.79, as top teams of Vista Murrietta and Dorsey took first and second, leaving Beverly’s league rival Culver City, to finish behind them in sixth place.
For additional highlights and times, visit www.bhhstrack.com.