ARCADIA, Calif. - Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)
junior Devon Allen won three individual events and contributed a leg to a victorious 400-meter relay, highlighting a truly national track and field event - the 45th Arcadia Invitational Saturday night.
Allen, a top 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver football recruit, won both hurdle races in Arizona state record time, 13.52 (110 meters) and 36.39 (300) then found the energy to come from behind to win the 200 meters in 21.10 seconds, the third fastest time in the country. The two hurdles marks rank No. 2 in the nation this year.
The four victories in one day matched the meet record, held by at least one athlete, Obea Moore of John Muir (Pasadena) in the late 1990s. Against competition like this, winning both hurdles is one thing. But adding the 200 and relay win is extraordinary. He also contributed to a shuttle hurdles victory on Friday.
Allen's victories set the tone for a meet dominated by non-California standouts, which isn't normally the case. Californians normally make up 80 percent of the competitors and 75 percent of the winners. Right now - the meet is still going on - more than 50 percent of the winners are from out of state. Chicago's Aaliay Brown (Lincoln-Way East-Frankfort, Ill.)
also won both the girls' sprints and Colorado's Raymond Bozmans surprised many to defeat Ronald Darby (Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.)
) to take the boys 100 (10.41 to 10.55).
National season bests have been crushed throughout the night the most glaring in the boys 3,200 which was won by Futsum Zienassellassie, of North Central-Indianapolis, Ind
in 8 minutes, 47.75 seconds, one of a remarkable 16 runners to break nine minutes. In fact, the nation's top 18 marks in that event were set in that race. Remarkable.
Much more on this meet, Allen and the 3,200 later.