Five months after they signed National Letters of Intent with USC, Mikaela Smith and Lyndsey Lopes didn’t wait to put on a show in Southern California.
And Hannah Waller, while only a junior and uncommitted to a college, joined them on the bright stage.
Smith, a Clovis North senior competing in her first non-relay 800-meter run of the season after winning CIF State titles in the event the past two years, won the Arcadia Invitational on Saturday in 2 minutes and 8.44 seconds.
That was the second-best high school time in the U.S. this season and came a day after she teamed with Lauren Moffett, Lauren Lienau and Camilla Hansen to clock a national season-best 9:08.34 in the 4x800 relay.
Waller blew away the 400 field in 53.57 — No. 1 all-time in the section and No. 2 in the nation this season.
Waller, who placed third and fourth in the state 400 the past two years, broke the section record of 53.89 by Bakersfield’s Janice Nichols in 1990.
And Lopes, who has transferred to Edison from Clovis West, won two of the seven events in the heptathlon to capture gold with 4,984 points overall.
Smith won the state last year in 2:06.85 — second in section history to North’s Linda Goen (2:05.43, 1977). And, much like last year’s state final, she found another gear Saturday when pushed.
Smith had been running away from the field when Ginelle DeMone of Canada’s Leduc Composite suddenly charged up on her right shoulder with 50 meters remaining. Smith then restored control as DeMone placed second in the 14-runner field at 2:09.29. Smith’s mark is No. 1 in the state this season.
Central Valley Christian junior Gabby Satterlee finished sixth in the 800 in a school record 2:10.76, also No. 6 all-time in the section.
Lopes, competing unattached because the secton’s CIF hasn’t ruled her eligible to participate at Edison, won the high jump (5-53/4) and 200 (25.05).
Competing in a 20-athlete field, she also placed second in the 800 (2:22.41), third in the 100 high hurdles (14.40), sixth in the javelin (100-6), seventh in the shot put (32-6½) and 13th in the long jump (16-41/2).
The heptathlon is offered only in invitationals in high school, not in league, section and state meets.
• The Clovis North 800-meter splits in the relay were 2:17.67 by junior Moffett, 2:17.35 by sophomore Lienau, 2:21.30 by junior Hanson and 2:12.00 by Smith.
• Moffett, The Bee’s girls cross country Runner of the Year in the fall, followed her relay leg later Friday by placing second in the seeded 3,200 in a personal-record 10:46.06 — No. 2 in the section this season.
• Liberty-Bakersfield’s Morganne Hill broke her own section record in the 100 hurdles at 13.99. The Washington-bound senior ran 14.05 last year. The 13.99 was but third-best on the day at Arcadia, where Roosevelt-Corona’s Jasmyne Graham timed 13.21 — No. 1 in the U.S. for the season and sixth all-time in the country. Hill did win the 300 low hurdles at Arcadia in 42.23 — No. 4 in the nation this season. Her 42.06 last year is second all-time in the section to Clovis West’s Alyssa Monteverde (41.90, 2011).
• Clovis North senior Psalm Ocampo placed fifth in the boys seeded 3200 at 9:02.22 — easily tops in the section this season and also No. 14 all-time in the region.
• The 88th edition of the West Coast Relays will be held next Saturday at Buchanan’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.