Xai Ricks Secures Two Wins, Hopes For More Down The Road

Reigning CIF state championship 400m runner-up Xai Ricks' day on Saturday was fine work, as the Georgia recruit put down two career-best times and wins in the 300m and 600m at the California Winter Championships.  

The Long Beach Poly senior walked away with the second and third winter championship titles of his career after claiming his first win in the 600m last year. 

"The 300m was kind of difficult for me after the 600m performance earlier," he said. "I still felt kind of draining, but I had enough energy to give it my best. I felt I got out pretty good, but it could have been better ...it was a battle down the home stretch. I was glad I could get the win." 

With 2024 in front of him, Ricks' aspirations are likely as high as ever.

He's the top returning runner in the state in both the 400m and 800m and is seemingly on the cusp of breaking 46 seconds and 1:49 in both events. 

On Saturday, he was hoping to become one of the nation's rare athletes to secure a sub-33 second time in the 400m. He clocked times of 33.85 and 1:17.60 in the 300m and 600m, respectively. 

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