Who's Next Up? Brandon Arrington WOWs In CA State Prelims

CLOVIS -- Brandon Arrington erased whatever doubt was left in California. 

The Mt. Miguel sophomore absolutely blew away the field -- and the crowd -- in his state prelim on Friday at the CIF State Outdoor Championships on Friday, clocking a wind-aided 10.27 second performance in the 100m, setting up his follow-up on Saturday in the final. 

Just a year ago, Gardena Serra's Rodrick Pleasant secured a CIF state meet record in the 100m with his time of 10.20 seconds. 

Few believed that time would even be challenged in 2024. 

But Arrington apparently had other ideas. While he entered with a wind-aided best of 10.41 entering Friday's action, he left with another shiny new PR, doing so on a 2.3 meters per second wind. 

Beyond Arrington, Saturday's CIF final will feature an underrated group of sprinters who weren't necessarily the front-runners entering the state meet. Bishop Alemany's Demare Dezeurn, a freshman who many had predicted could become the first first-year athlete in California history to claim a state title in the 100m, did not make it out of the prelims, running 10.60. 

Long Beach Poly's Benjamin Harris, however, did, and he will get that chance. His 10.52 time was third-best on Friday and granted him a ticket to the final. 

Bakersville's Jalen Ford, meanwhile, ran 10.34 seconds. Just a sophomore, Ford joins Arrington in the final. The top three finishers were all underclassmen and a total of five will be in the final on Saturday.

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Photo Credit: Raymond Tran/MileSplit

      NAME                          YR   TEAM                               MARK           H#    WIND
1     Brandon Arrington Jr.         10   Mt. Miguel  Sds                    10.27          3     2.3 
2     Jalen Ford                    10   Bakersfield  Ces                   10.34          1     3.2 
3     Benjamin Harris               9    Poly(LB)  Ss                       10.52          2     2.1 
4     Jordan Coleman                12   Granada Hills Ch.  Las             10.36          1     3.2 
5     Jaden Jefferson               10   De La Salle  Ncs                   10.40          3     2.3 
6     Devin Bragg                   11   Los Alamitos  Ss                   10.49          3     2.3 
7     Nathaniel Guillory            12   Los Altos  Ccs                     10.51          1     3.2 
8     Jeremiah Harris               12   Roosevelt, Eleanor  Ss             10.53          3     2.3 
9     Brian Bonner                  10   Valencia(V)  Ss                    10.57          1

Related Links: 

CIF State Outdoor Championships: The race archives