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TRACK NOTES: OAK PARK BUZZING 1,600 RELAY TEAMS HIT TOP TIMES.

Byline: Kirby Lee Special to the Daily News

Oak Park High created a stir in cross country in the fall with its runner-up finish at the Southern Section Division IV championships and fourth-place finish at the state Division IV final.

Now, the Knights 1,600-meter relays are the buzz this spring.

Senior Chad Kessler, juniors Eric Testan and Jessie Gabriel and sophomore Brendan Anderson set a meet record of 3:25.6 to win at the Channel Coast Invitational at Camarillo High on Saturday.

On the girls' side, junior Keira Schivaroli, sophomore Kerstin Edwards and freshmen Katie Mannix and Laura Mendenhall set a school record of 4:04.78 to finish third.

Both teams will compete in the 58th annual Pasadena Games at Pasadena City College on Saturday. Mannix and Edwards will also compete in the open 800, and Mendenhall will run in the open 300-meter low hurdles.

Oak Park will also be represented in the boys' discus by Josh Furs and Andrew Le.

--Run for the Roses: Juniors Tom Kubler of Viewpoint and Porchea Carroll of Rio Mesa lead area competitors in the Pasadena Games.

Kubler, the state Division V cross country champion, will run in the 3,200 meters, the meet's opening event, at 5:05 p.m.

Carroll, the Nike Indoor Classic long jump champion, will compete in the 100, 200 and long jump. Carroll won the 100 in a wind-aided 11.52 at the Channel Coast Invitational for the state's fastest time under any conditions.

--Back to the future: Thousand Oaks has broken out new uniforms this season in an effort to bring recognition to the Lancers' track and field heritage.

The jerseys feature green and white tiger stripes that wrap around the body. On the back is a lance that splits into nine lances, each symbolizing a characteristic of the individual and team. The design was patterned after John Wooden's Pyramid of Success. The color was also changed from dark to light green.

A shortage of uniforms was created when 262 athletes came out for track, so it was decided to design a new uniform that all athletes in the T.O. track program could wear, including varsity, JV and frosh-soph.

``We wanted to have more control over our uniforms so we would custom design them and have them as long as we want,'' Thousand Oaks coach Robert Radnoti said.

Assistant coach Hector Romero, a 4:13 1,600-meter runner for Thousand Oaks in 1981 and a graphic artist, designed the uniforms after brainstorming with the coaching staff and a student representative.

``It is the best-looking uniform anywhere,'' Radnoti said. ``When we hand out our uniforms, there is a story of the past, Marion Jones, Kim Mortensen, etc, and the future, nine lanes of success. We are very happy with the results.''

--Raising the bar: Makisi Haleck of Thousand Oaks and Erin Zuckman of Newbury Park set school pole vault records at the Channel Coast Invitational at Camarillo High on Saturday. Haleck won at 14-6 to break a 22-year-old record. Zuckman was fourth at 8-6 in the girls' competition.

--Split decision: Thousand Oaks will split its team between the Stanford Invitational, Santa Barbara Relays and Arroyo Distance Meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific.

Dustin Gould will compete in the 100, 110 high hurdles and 400 intermediate hurdles. Freshman Morgan Alitzer is entered in the 100 low hurdles and 400 intermediates. Jason Park and Emily Yudovin have been accepted in pole vault.

--Fun in the sun: Newbury Park coach Mike Stewart will receive a certificate as an honorary coach at the Santa Barbara Relays at Santa Barbara City College on Saturday.

In his 27th year, Stewart has led Newbury Park to a combined boys' and girls' record of 88-23 over the last five seasons. The Panthers boys have been Marmonte League champions in three of the last four years. The Newbury Park girls won the 1997 league title.

Agoura and Royal are other area schools scheduled to compete at the Santa Barbara Relays.

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(color) Porchea Carroll of Rio Mesa will compete in the 100, 200 and long jump at Saturday's Pasadena Games.

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