TRACK BEAT: COLOR DUARTE A SUCCESS : ROYAL RUNNER IS MAKING STATEMENT.Byline: Kirby Lee Special to the Daily News
Brian Duarte is a changed man on and off the track.
The Royal High senior, known for dying his hair flamboyant colors depending on the day of the week, has toned down his act this season.
His brown hair, which in the past has been green, pink, red, black and even leopard pattern, has remained relatively constant with a touch of blond on the top. In previous years, Duarte changed the color of his hair 12 to 15 times.
This season, Duarte has been making a statement with his running in the 400 and 800 meters.
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Mt. Relays last Saturday, Duarte helped Royal win its 1,600-meter relay heat in a season-best 3 minutes, 22.78 seconds. Teaming with Doug Hartman, Tim Ramirez and Oliver Jackson, Duarte turned in the quartet's fastest split with a 48.9 anchor.
``I really haven't been worrying about my hair too much,'' Duarte said. ``I used to do dye just because I was bored. I haven't had much time because I've been focusing on my running,.''
His girlfriend, Amanda Anderson Amanda Anderson is the head of the English department at Johns Hopkins University. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and taught at the University of Illinois before coming to Hopkins in 1999. , a senior distance runner distance runner
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``People stare but it doesn't matter to me what color his hair is,'' Anderson said. ``But the only thing is I want it normal when we go to the prom.''
Keeping track: The Marmonte League The Marmonte League is a high school sports league primarily made up of schools from Ventura County. The Marmonte Leauge is part of the CIF Southern Section. Click here to view the league schedule. boys' title will likely be determined when Moorpark and Simi Valley visit Newbury Park in a triangular meet today.
Moorpark, competing in its first season in the Marmonte League, is 4-0. Defending-champion Newbury Park (3-0) is attempting to win two straight titles for the first time in school history.
Newbury Park has perhaps the league's most balanced team but will be tested with Moorpark's strength in the weights with Syracuse-bound Tim Adrian, Richard Barnes Richard Barnes could be
The pole vault pole vault
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Moorpark could get a boost from Simi Valley's Kareem Lacy and Calvin Bell, who are capable of taking points away from Newbury Park in the sprints. Jimmy Cuillard, one of the league's best triple jumpers, could also challenge Newbury Park's Patrick Dolan in the 110-meter high hurdles as well as the 300 intermediates. Dolan is the Ventura County champion in the intermediates.
Back tracking: Jaclyn Pedersen of Royal has been sidelined for much of the season with a hip injury but is returning to the form of her stellar cross country season last fall.
Pedersen, the Ventura County and Marmonte League cross-country champion, first aggravated ag·gra·vate
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Pedersen made her return to racing three weeks ago and made her a big breakthrough in the Mt. SAC Relays Saturday, turning in a 5:09 split for 1,600 meters on the anchor leg of Royal's 6,400-meter relay. The time was six seconds faster than her best open 1,600 time of 5:15.42 run last year
``It was extremely frustrating watching people running times I knew I was capable of,'' Pedersen said. ``It also provided extra incentive to train to get back in shape. I have plenty of base, I just need to focus on speed to get my times better.''
PHOTO (1) Jimmy Cuillard of Simi Valley, left, could challenge Newbury Park's Patrick Dolan in both hurdles races.
(2) Brian Duarte
The Royal High senior has emerged as one of the top 400 and 800 runners in the area.