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Track & Field: Mustangs dominate Eagles

Costa Mesa's Bell (boys) and Vasquez (girls) key team wins. Eagles' sprinter stays unbeaten.

May 01, 2014|By Barry Faulkner
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

While a gusting head wind was about the only challenge faced by Costa Mesa High boys' sprinter Quinton Bell on Thursday, Estancia girls' sprint star Persis Williams-Mensah received a rare Orange Coast League challenge in the boys' and girls' league dual track and field meet between the crosstown rivals at Jim Scott Stadium.

Williams-Mensah, a senior three-time league champion in the 100 and 200 meters who has never lost a race in league competition, held off Costa Mesa sophomore Paige LaBare by a step in the 200 on Thursday. Williams-Mensah, with UC Irvine coaches in attendance to observe her, topped LaBare by .44 seconds (about five feet) in the 100 to keep her unbeaten streak intact.

"I was more nervous than usual," Williams-Mensah said after the 100, the first of the two races, in which she posted a time of 12.56 seconds. "I was expecting competition today and it just pushes you to train harder. And when the actual race comes up, it's crazy."

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Williams-Mensah's winning time in the 200 was 27.19, just ahead of LaBare at 27.30.

"I was hoping I was going to get her today," LaBare said. "But I'm going to bring the heat next week [league preliminaries and finals at Laguna Beach High]."

Williams-Mensah said she is also looking forward to defending her league titles next week.

"I'm going to start training a lot harder, but I'm ready for this," Williams-Mensah said.

Bell led Costa Mesa sweeps in the 100 and 200 and anchored victorious 400 and 1,600 relays to help the Mustangs record a 105-12 triumph.

The Costa Mesa girls prevailed, 81-25, behind three individual event victories by Daysi Vasquez (800, 1,600 and 3,200) as well as wins by Arisa Joi in both hurdles races.

In addition to Bell, the Mustangs boys' squad received a pair of individual wins by Corbin Pritchard (5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump and 20.44 in the 110 high hurdles). Pritchard was also third in the long jump

Estancia junior Tyler Thomas won the shotput with a mark of 41-1, while junior teammate Luigi Gonzalez won the discus throw (124-5) to represent the only victories, and nearly the only points, for the Eagles.

Bell's time in the 100 was 11.22, well ahead of teammates Xavier Bell (12.09) and Michael Dias (12.32). In the 200, Quinton Bell topped the field in 22.69 seconds, nearly two seconds better than runner-up Jamil Douglas from Costa Mesa (24.63).

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