Rodrick Pleasant Records a Time of 21.88 Seconds in the 200-Meter Race at the Pasadena Games.


Gardena Serra, California's 100-meter record holder, Rodrick Pleasant, has started his final high school track and field season. Whenever he competes this spring, people will take notice. Pleasant ran the anchor leg for Serra's 400-meter relay team and won his first 200-meter outdoor race in 21.88 seconds at Saturday's Pasadena Games in South Pasadena. He and his classmate Brazil Neal both defended their state 200 titles and posed with an "O" sign before winning their races at the Oregon meeting. 

Neal won her 200 in 25:31.Pleasant is preparing for the big races ahead, starting with his first 100-meter race next Saturday at Trabuco Hills. He aims to be fully prepared to give his best at the Arcadia Invitational on April 8, where he has never won the 100.

Other notable performances include Roman Mendoza of Santa Margarita, who ran the fastest 300 hurdles in the state this season, finishing in 37.91 seconds despite almost falling. Mia Holden of South Pasadena won the girls' 300 hurdles in 44.18 seconds, the 100 in 12.25 seconds, and also won the triple jump on Friday.

At the Simi Valley Invitational, Dijon Stanley of Granada Hills won the 200 in a record time of 20.97 seconds and noted that he could rival Pleasant in the 200-meter race if he wanted to. Oaks Christian's Chase Hansen won the 400 in 48.59 seconds. Adonyss Currie of Quartz Hill won the seeded 100 in 10.87 seconds, and Davis Davis-Lyric of Upland won the 110 hurdles in 14.76 seconds.

Several girls' competition records were also set, including Reign Redmond of Carson's 11.72-second win in the 100. Adonija Currie set a competition record in the 200 with 24.58 seconds, and Meagan Humphries of Castaic set a competition record in the long jump with a distance of 19:03. She also won the high jump with a height of 5-7.

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