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. At the 2017 meet, 27 athletes broke 9 minutes (25 in the invitational section and 2 in the seeded section).[7]

Notable athletes[edit]

Meet Records[edit]


Event Record Athlete School Date
100 Meters 10.17 Noah Lyles T. C. Williams 2016
200 Meters 20.48 Noah Lyles T.C. Williams 2016
400 Meters 45.51 Michael Norman Vista Murrieta 2016
800 Meters 1:47.96 Michael Granville Bell Gardens 1995
1600 Meters 3:59.51c (4:01.81 Mile) Alan Webb South Lakes 2001
3200 Meters 8:41.46 Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame 2017
5000 Meters 13:55.96 Chris Derrick Neuqua Valley 2008
110 Meter Hurdles 13.43 Johnathan Cabral Agoura 2011
300 Meter Hurdles 35.45 David Klech California 2006
4x100 Meter Relay 40.28 John Muir High School Muir 1997
4x200 Meter Relay 1:24.53 Vista Murrieta High School Vista Murrieta 2015
4x400 Meter Relay 3:08.92 John Muir High School Muir 1996
4x800 Meter Relay 7:42.36 Long Beach Polytechnic High School Long Beach Poly 2003
4×1600 Relay 16:41.30 American Fork High School American Fork 2017
Distance Medley Relay 9:57.88 Atlantic Community High School Atlantic Community 2001
800m Sprint Medley Relay 1:28.43 Long Beach Polytechnic High School Long Beach Poly 2007
1600m Sprint Medley Relay 3:26.36 Los Alamitos High School Los Alamitos 2016
4x110 Shuttle Hurdles Relay 59.28 Brophy College Preparatory Brophy Prep 2007
High Jump 7-3.00 Mike Morrison Willingboro 2003
Pole Vault 17-4 Nico Weiler Los Gatos 2008
Long Jump 25-3.75 Dion Bentley Penn Hills 1989
Triple Jump 51-7.50 Will Claye Mountain Pointe 2009
Shot Put 71-4.25 Brent Noon Fallbrook 1990
Discus Throw 234-03 Niklas Arrhenius Mountain View 2001
Decathlon 7,524 Gunnar Nixon Edmond Santa Fe 2011


Event Record Athlete School Date Ref
100 Meters 11.32 Angela Williams Chino Hills 1998
200 Meters 22.87 Marion Jones Rio Mesa 1991
400 Meters 52.51 Monique Henderson Morse 2001
800 Meters 2:06.34 Heidi Magill Mountain View 2002
1600 Meters 4:41.70c (4:43.43 Mile) Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge 2007
3200 Meters 9:55.92 Alexa Efraimson Camas 2014
100 Meter Hurdles 13.01 Tara Davis Agoura 2017
300 Meter Hurdles 38.90 Sydney McLaughlin Union Catholic 2017
4x100 Meter Relay 44.95 Long Beach Polytechnic High School Long Beach Poly 2004
4x200 Meter Relay 1:33.87 Long Beach Polytechnic High School Long Beach Poly 2004
4x400 Meter Relay 3:39.12 Wilson High School Wilson 2001
4x800 Meter Relay 8:58.30 A. Randolph High School A. Randolph 2002
4x1600 Meter Relay 19:58.71 Great Oak High School Great Oak 2015
800 Meter Sprint Medley Relay 1:38.73 Long Beach Polytechnic High School Long Beach Poly 2003
1600 Meter Sprint Medley Relay 3:59.74 West Catholic High School West Catholic 2004
Distance Medley Relay 11:40.89 Harvard-Westlake School Harvard-Westlake 2011
4x100 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay 57.49 John W. North High School J.W. North 2003
Long Jump 20-09.75 Jernae Wright James Logan 1995
Triple Jump 43-05.00 Brittany Daniels Merrill West 2005
High Jump 6-02 Vashti Cunningham Bishop Gorman 2014
Pole Vault 4.47 m (14 ft 7 34 in) Chloe Cunliffe West Seattle 6 April 2019 [8]
Shot Put 52-1.25 Stamatia Scarvelis Dos Pueblos 2014
Discus 185-5 Anna Jelmini Shafter 2009
Heptathlon 5,225 Ashley Smith Millikan 2010


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  8. ^ Cory Mull (7 April 2019). "Chloe Cunliffe Sets Outdoor National Record In Pole Vault". Retrieved 13 April 2019.

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