Arcadia Invitational

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The Arcadia Invitational is a high school track and field meet in the United States. It is considered to be one of the most competitive meets in the country and has been billed as the "Home of National Records." [1] The meet is held at Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California, on either the first or second weekend in April each year. The Arcadia Invitational attracts the top prep athletes in the United States and internationally (Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand). The Arcadia Invitational has played host to 25 national high school records and has helped to produce 152 U.S. Olympians.[2]


In 1968, Arcadia High School track coach Doug Smith had an idea for an evening track meet for all the area schools.[2] The first invitational was held more than 40 years ago, with 23 schools and six track clubs participating. Arcadia graduate Tracy Smith was the first of many future Olympic athletes to be a winner in the Arcadia Invitational. He went on to participate in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.[3][2] 1970 is the meet that Doug Smith felt was a giant step in the development of the meet into more of a "Southern California" event. Santa Ana Coach Earl Engman, who was the Meet Director of the CIF-Southern Section championship affairs, entered his championship squad from Orange County, enhancing the event with the members of his top program from the greater San Gabriel Valley.[4]

The invitational has since gone on to produce 25 U.S. records and 152 U.S. Olympians up to and including the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.[5]

In 2002, the meet expanded from a single-day competition to a two-day affair as the newly formed Friday portion consisted of additional relays (sprint medleys, shuttle hurdles, 4x800, etc.) not common at most meets. In 2004, another section of field events competition was also added to the Friday schedule.

In 2008, the Arcadia Multis were added on the Thursday-Friday of meet week, allowing top decathletes and heptathletes the chance to compete. It has become the premier multi-events competition for high schoolers, with both national decathlon records (high school implements and international implements) for boys achieved there. In 2010, the deepest quality field of high school heptathletes was featured.

The Arcadia Invitational is now the largest outdoor high school meet in the United States, with more than 4,000 high school athletes competing. In terms of participation numbers, it is also the largest high school sporting event in the nation that is hosted on a high school campus.[6]

3200 meters[edit]

Amongst all the high quality performers, the 3200 meters (and previously the 2 miles) seems to inspire top performances. The competitive environment encourages many male athletes to break the 9 minute barrier for the first time.[7] At the 2014 meet, 20 athletes broke 9 minutes.

Notable athletes[edit]

Meet Records[edit]


Event Record Athlete School Date Ref
100 m 10.17 (+1.2 m/s) Noah Lyles T. C. Williams 9 April 2016 [8]
4×1600m relay 16:41.30 Carson Clinger (4:25.50), Mckay Johns 4:08.23), Patrick Parker (4:05.57), Casey Clinger (4:02.16) American Fork 7 April 2017 [9]
Mike Powell
Allyson Felix

200 Meters Noah Lyles (T. C. Williams High School) 20.48 +0.0 2016[10]

400 Meters Michael Norman (Vista Murrieta, CA) 45.51 2016[11]

800 Meters Michael Granville (Bell Gardens, CA) 1:47.96 1995

1600 Meters Alan Webb (South Lakes, Reston, Virginia) 3:59.51c 2001 (4:01.81 Mile)

3200 Meters Thom Hunt (Patrick Henry, San Diego, CA) 8:42.30 1976

5000 Meters Chris Derrick (Neuqua Valley, IL) 13:55.96 2008

110 Meter High Hurdles Johnathan Cabral (Agoura, Agoura Hills, CA) 13.43 2011

300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles David Klech (California, San Ramon, CA) 35.45 2006

4x100 Meter Relay Muir, Pasadena, CA 40.28 1997

4x200 Meter Relay Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, CA 1:24.53 2015

4x400 Meter Relay Muir, Pasadena, CA 3:08.92 1996

4x800 Meter Relay L.B. Poly, Long Beach, CA 7:42.36 2003

800m Sprint Medley Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:28.43 2007

1600m Sprint Medley Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley, CA 3:26.60 2008

Distance Medley Atlantic Community, Del Ray Beach, FL 9:57.88 2001

4x110 Shuttle Hurdles Relay Brophy Prep, Phoenix, AZ 59.28 2007

High Jump Mike Morrison (Willingboro, NJ) 7-03.00 2003

Pole Vault Nico Weiler (Los Gatos, CA) 17-04 2008

Long Jump Dion Bentley (Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, PA) 25-03.75 1989

Triple Jump Will Claye (Mountain Pointe, Phoenix, AZ) 51-07.50 2009

Shot Put Brent Noon (Fallbrook High School Fallbrook, CA) 71-04.25 1990

Discus Throw Niklas Arrhenius (Mountain View, Orem UT) 234-03 2001

Decathlon (HS implements) Curtis Beach (Albuquerque, NM) 7,909 2009

Decathlon (International implements) Gunnar Nixon (Santa Fe High School, Edmond, OK) 7,524 2011 (also 7,577 wind-aided)


Event Record Athlete School Date Ref
300 m hurdles 38.90 Sydney McLaughlin Union Catholic 8 April 2017 [12]

100 Meters Angela Williams (Chino, CA) 11.32 1998

200 Meters Marion Jones (Rio Mesa, Oxnard, CA) 22.87 1991

400 Meters Monique Henderson (Morse, San Diego, CA) 52.51 2001

800 Meters Heidi Magill (Mountain View, Orem UT) 2:06.34 2002

1600 Meters Alex Kosinski (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills, CA) 4:41.70c 2007

3200 Meters Alexa Efraimson (Camas High School, Camas, WA) 9:55.92 2014

100 Meter High Hurdles Trinity Wilson (St. Mary's, Berkeley, CA) 13.51 (+2.0) 2011[13]

4x100 Meter Relay Poly, Long Beach, CA 44.95 2004

4x200 Meter Relay Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:33.87 2004

4x400 Meter Relay Wilson, Long Beach, CA 3:39.12 2001

4x800 Meter Relay Randolph, New York, NY 8:58.30 2002

4x1600 Meter Relay Great Oak, Temecula, CA 19:58.71 2015

800m Sprint Medley Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:38.73 2003

1600m Sprint Medley West Catholic, Philadelphia, PA 3:59.74 2004

Distance Medley Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood, CA 11:40.89 2011

4x100 Shuttle Hurdles Relay J.W. North, Riverside, CA 57.49 2003

Long Jump Jernae Wright (James Logan, Union City, CA) 20'09.75" 1995

Triple Jump Brittany Daniels (Merrill West, Tracy, CA) 43'05.00" 2005

High Jump Yleana Carrasco (Anaheim, CA) 6'00.00" 1985

Pole Vault Rachel Baxter (Canyon High School (Anaheim, California)) 14 ft 2 in (4.31 m) 2016[14]

Shot Put Kristin Heaston (Ygnacio Valley, Concord, CA) 51'01.50" 1993

Discus Throw Seilala Sua (St. Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, FL) 180'02" 1996

Heptathlon Ashley Smith (Millikan, Long Beach, CA) 5,225 points 2010


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