WATCH: Fight breaks out after high school 4x400m relay
On a night when the majority of track fans had been expecting a historic run by American High School runners from Newbury Park in the two-mile run, the men’s 4x400m relay stole the show. At the Arcadia Invitational in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday night, a fight broke out at the finish line between teams from Long Beach Wilson and Central Fresno high schools.
The Long Beach Wilson team trailed by 50 yards in the anchor leg when the Central Fresno runner Jeremiah Walker shared 23 seconds over the first 200 meters of his anchor leg to close the gap. As Walker passed runner LB Wilson, Diego Alveradoof, with 100m to go, Alveradoof tripped and fell which allowed LB Wilson to finish third. At the finish, Averadoof faced Walker, which led to a fight between the two teams.
(The drop occurs at 3:10 in the YouTube video, below.)
Witnesses said there was nothing egregious as Walker made his pass on the outside. Once Alveradoof was done, he immediately approached Walker to call him out, sparking the argument.
It took several minutes for race officials to defuse the situation. Both teams were later disqualified for their actions. This is the second fight to break out in an American high school meet in two weeks.
Earlier in the evening at Arcadia, Newbury Park‘s Colin Sahlman (8:37.98) and Lex Young (8:38.72) produced the sixth and seventh fastest times in American high school history for the two miles (3,200 m).