AFTERTHOUGHT, NOT ALSO-RAN; ANDERSON RACES IN FOOTBALL 50.
Byline: Gerry Gittelson Daily News Staff Writer
The Palmdale High senior is the only entry without a firm college football scholarship offer, despite running for 1,321 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and 3,000 yards for his career.
In fact, Anderson wasn't even invited until Notre Dame's Justin Fargas Justin Fargas (born January 25, 1980 in Encino, California) is a football player in the NFL. Professional career
He was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. As of 2006, he is the Raiders' second-string running back. dropped out.
But Anderson isn't taking an ``honor-to-be-involved'' attitude for the sprint showcase featuring Muir's Sultan McCullough Sultan McCullough (born February 12, 1980 in Pasadena, California) is an American football running back in the National Football League who is now signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. , Alemany's Miguel Fletcher, and Tustin's DeShaun Foster DeShaun Xavier Foster (born January 10, 1980 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American football running back who plays for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. - all of whom signed with Pacific-10 football programs.
``This is my chance to show my stuff,'' said Anderson. ``I'm looking forward to it. Too bad Justin's not in the race because that's who I really want to run against. I'm tired of him getting all the fame.''
In such a short race, a quick start would give Anderson an advantage. He is the Golden League's 100 champion with a best of 10.6. Anderson, who broke several long touchdown runs as the Falcons advanced to the Southern Section Division II football quarterfinals, says he runs a 4.38 40-yard dash.
``I'm a quick starter,'' he said. ``If I can get out of the blocks first, I think I can hold my lead. That's why I've been working on my starts, practicing a lot. I've been working hard.''
Anderson narrowly lost two 100 races to Miguel Fletcher last track season.
Another local who will be running at the L.A. Invitational open competition will be UCLA's Michelle Perry Michelle Perry (born 1 May 1979 in Granada Hills, California) is an American athlete. At the 2004 Summer Olympics she placed 14th overall in the heptathlon competition. Later, at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, she was awarded a gold medal in the 100 m hurdles with a , a multi-event state qualifier for Quartz Hill High last year.
Perry will run in the open division women's 500.
``I've never run the 500 before, but I'm hoping for the best,'' Perry said.
Meanwhile, Joe Manning of Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley High is slotted for the 50. Palmdale's Justin Patananan competes in the rated mile.
Palmdale - including Anderson - also competes in the 8 x 160 relay.
In field events, three Palmdale High athletes are involved. Jarrett Holmes is in the high jump, Jamil Smith tests his mettle met·tle
1. Courage and fortitude; spirit: troops who showed their mettle in combat.
2. Inherent quality of character and temperament. in the long jump, and Summer Hoban is entered in the girls' shot put.
Field for the 50-meter dash featuring Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, high school football stars at today's L.A. Invitational track meet.
Jason Anderson, Palmdale
Miguel Fletcher, Alemany
DeShaun Foster, Tustin
Sultan McCullough, Muir
Darryl Rideaux, Long Beach Poly
Josh Levi, Chino Chino (chē`nō), city (1990 pop. 59,682), San Bernardino co., S Calif.; founded 1887, inc. 1910. It is the business and processing center of a diversified farming (notably dairying) area.
PHOTO UCLA's Michelle Perry, formerly of Quartz Hill High, is entered in the open division 500 in the L.A. Invitational at the Sports Arena tonight.
Kirby Lee/Special to the Daily News
BOX: FOOTBALL 50 (see text)