Without question, the fastest 60M heat in California high school history was contested at Arcadia High School on Saturday. The finals of Boys 60M at the 2024 California Winter Track & Field Championships produced eight of the top ten recorded times in meet history. And what likely shocked the large crowd in attendance was that a freshman led the incredible speed demonstration.
Demare Dezeurn (above center), a 15-year-old first-year student at Alemany High School, edged out Harvard-bound Grenada Hills Charter senior Jordan Coleman (left) and super sophomore Brandon Arrington (right) from Helix. The photo finish was decided by just .008 seconds! Both Dezeurn (6.711) and Coleman (6.719) eclipsed the previous meet record previously held by Damien High and USC standout Zach Shinnick (6.76). Watch the video.
And in breaking the meet record, Demare Dezeurn moved himself into even more rare territory. Recorded as a 6.72, the time is also the State and National Freshman Indoor/Outdoor 60M records. And, while the youth records around the globe are spotty, Dezeurn’s national record is most certainly one of the top times ever run by a 15-year-old anywhere on the planet. Ever.
Arcadia High School once again lived up to its reputation as “the home of national records.” And I am once again proud to have witnessed a record-breaking performance up close with camera in hand. I was also so very excited that Zach Shinnick was in attendance to congratulate the young man who broke his record. Thanks, Zach, for being such a great representative of this fantastic sport.
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