Nevada sophomore wins inaugural Seaman 1600 race

Brady Anderson sets new meet record to win inaugural event in honor of legendary Reedley running star; area athletes capture collect five wins at Reedley Invitational track and field

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Jon Earnest
Published April 30, 2024  • 
12:00 pm

REEDLEY – A talented young Nevada runner is the first winner of the newly-named 1600 meters race that honors a Reedley High middle distance track and field legend.

Brady Anderson, a sophomore at Faith Lutheran High in Las Vegas, established a meet record and new personal best time of 4 minutes, 16.22 seconds to win the inaugural Bob Seaman 1600 race for top-seeded boys at the annual Reedley Invitational. The debut of the newly-titled run highlighted the 79th edition of the meet at the recently renovated RHS track.

The race has been named in honor of the late Pirates star Seaman, who as a senior at RHS in 1953 set a national high school record in the mile run by clocking 4 minutes, 21 seconds. He later became a champion miler at UCLA, where he set the second-fastest time in American history at the time. He was one of four runners to break four minutes in the mile in a historic race in 1962. Seaman died Sept. 11, 2023 in Southern California at age 88.

Anderson, a tall lanky runner, took charge on the final lap in the inaugural classic to beat out Clovis East’s Marcus Salinas by more than three seconds while bettering his previous PR time by 1 1⁄2 seconds. He also eclipsed the meet record in the 1600, which was set just last year by his teammate, Logan Scott. Scott did not run in this year’s race.

After his 1600 victory, Anderson had the first place medal draped around his neck by Simie Seaman; Bob Seaman’s widow who traveled from Southern California to attend the meet and congratulate the winner. Reedley High head coach Louie Morales also presented Anderson with a race plaque and perpetual trophy to be awarded annually to the race winner.

Parlier High standout Evan Torres also ran in the premier race, placing fourth in a time of 4:21.21 and also placing second in the 3200 meters in 9:31.31. Reedley High sophomore Mauricio Herrera finished ninth in the main 1600 race, clocking 4:30 flat.

All told, athletes in the Mid Valley Times and Mineral King Publishing coverage areas captured first place in five events. Two of the events were won by Sanger High athletes. Senior Atianna Marquez established a personal record by clearing 11 feet, 10 inches to win the girls pole vault.

Marquez also ran the anchor leg of the victorious girls 4×100 relay team that included junior Chloe Lopez, senior Clara Wagner and junior Allyson Daniel. The quartet’s winning time of 48.78 seconds was slightly off their school-record time set a week earlier in the Sanger Metric Classic.

Dinuba High’s Avril Mendoza came close to an impressive double victory in the girls hurdles races, posting a pair of PR times in the process. The senior placed second to Clovis East’s Milani Ward in the 100 hurdles, clocking 15.20 seconds, then won the 300 hurdles by a half-second over Ward with a winning time of 44.62.

Reedley High junior Lettie Walker threw a personal best of 33 feet to win the girls shot put, and also took seventh in the discus at 100-8. Sophomore A’aliyah Matlock finished third in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 400 meters, posting a PR time in the latter event. Central Valley Christian of Visalias’s Wyatt Talk won the boys pole vault with a best mark of 13-4.

Buchanan High of Clovis captured the boys and girls team titles with respective scores of 108 and 109.5 points. Sanger High’s girls finished in sixth place with 34.5 points including four top-five finishes. Reedley’s girls placed seventh with 26 points, including three top-five finishes.

League championship meets this week

The track and field league and conference seasons wrap up with championship meets at a variety of sites.

The East Sequoia League Championships (featuring Orange Cove and Orosi) and Northwest Sequoia League Championships (featuring Parlier) take place Wednesday, May 1 at Lindsay High (ESL) and Caruthers High (NWSL), respectively.

Dodson Field at Washington Academic Middle School in Sanger will be the site of both the County Metro Athletic Conference (Thursday, May 2) and North Yosemite League (Friday, May 3) meets. Start times for the CMAC meet (featuring Sanger High) are 4:45 p.m. (field) and 5 p.m. (track) while the NYL meet (Sanger West) starts at 2:30 p.m. for field events and 3 o’clock for running events.

On Friday, May 3, Immanuel High will host the Tri-County Conference Championships at County Line Stadium (start times 2:30 field and 4 p.m. track) while Dinuba High travels to Tulare for the West Yosemite League championships at Bob Mathias Stadium in Tulare (start time 4 p.m.).

Section championships for five divisions will take place at different locations on Friday, May 10. The Division I meet will be held at Dodson Field in Sanger.

Jon Earnest