FOOTHILL LEAGUE TRACK FINALS: MINUS FELIX, GREGORY BREEZES.
Tim Gregory of Hart High and Valencia's Wes Felix were clearly the Foothill League's elite sprinters in Friday's finals at College of the Canyons.
What is unclear is who is the fastest in the 100 meters.
Gregory, a sophomore, was a runaway winner in the 100 in 10.8 seconds with the absence of Felix, who was disqualified after a questionable false start in the league preliminaries Monday.
Gregory also ran the second leg on Hart's 400-meter relay, with seniors Tamir Barkan and Kevin Pritchett and junior Tristan Heberer, that won in a meet-record 42.9.
``It is disappointing what happened to (Felix),'' Gregory said. ``It is really sad, but there is no one else here but us. He pushes me every time I run against him and I get a better time.''
That was evident in the 200 meters when Felix held off a late charge by Gregory to win in 21.7 to equal a 12-year-old meet record. Gregory was second in a lifetime-best 21.8.
Felix also turned back the clock in the 1,600-meter relay, literally.
Wearing 30-year-old spikes which his father Paul used in high school for inspiration, Felix ran a 50.4 leg on the Vikings' 1,600-meter relay (senior Wes Ervin, junior Josh Pruett and freshman David Shipp) that won in a school-record 3:24.2.
``Thinking about the 100 was really bothering me,'' Felix said. ``There is nothing I can do about it except wait for next year.''
Brian Anderson of Burroughs and Mark Whalen of Hart, both seniors, were boys' double winners.
Anderson defended his 1,600-meter title in 4:20.2 and captured the 800 in 1:55.5. Whalen won the 110 high hurdles (15.4), 300 intermediates (41.0) and finished second in the high jump (6-2) and as a member of the Indians' 1,600 relay.
Freshman Whitney Russell of Hart, who captured the league cross country title in the fall, won the 800 (2:18.9) and 1,600 (5:29.2). Junior Amy Yager of Burroughs defended her league titles in the shot put (34-0) and discus (103-0).
The 100, however, remained the hot topic of discussion Friday.
Gregory backs Felix's claim that he was pulled off by other runners. It was the first false start of Felix's career.
``It did not really seem real at first to false start in my first big meet,'' Felix said. ``As it is, I have a horrible start.''
Felix, who has the league's fastest 100 mark of 10.85 this season, was told Monday he would be able to run in the final.
On Friday, however, the decision was reversed and eliminated any opportunity to run in the Southern Section Division II preliminaries. The top three finishers in each event advanced to the meet next Friday at Mt. San Antonio College.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||May 5, 2000|
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