Xavier Track: Jada Sims and Mia Olsen get personal records at Arcadia Invitational, CA this weekend

Chris Pfaff

The Arcadia Invitational in Southern California is one of the largest and most prestigious high school track meets in the nation. Every year, Coach Dave Van Sickle takes the Xavier athletes whose season marks meet the qualifying standards that make them eligible to participate.

This year, he took a 4x1600 relay team, a distance medley team, a 3200m runner, and a heptathlete.

In 2018, Mia Olsen, then a sophomore, made the trip to Arcadia and got a personal record in the 3200m. A month later at the 2018 State Championships, she essentially duplicated that Arcadia performance with another 11:15 time and a 7th place finish.

This year's Arcadia trip produced another personal record in the 3200 for the junior:  11:13.93 (a 9-sec. season best).

I wonder if Mia will duplicate that performance a month from now at State.  Or maybe she'll take it a step further with another PR performance.

And what can be said about Jada Sims and her incredible performance in the 2-day, 7-event Heptathlon. How can one athlete produce so many highlights in just two days? Let's take a look:

Day 1
  • Event 1: improved on her own 100 hurdles school record by 0.18 seconds (14.65).

  • Event 3: threw a 6.5-inch PR in the Shot Put.

  • Event 4: ran an amazing 0.6-sec PR in the 200m.
    Her 25.63 was wind-aided (4.1 m/s), which converts to 25.93 for record purposes. Even with that 0.3-sec. adjustment, we still had to find a place for her in Xavier's 200m top ten list (7th).
Jada now has a Xavier top ten mark in 7 out of 16 individual events.
She holds three individual school records and is part of the 4x400 relay team that set the school record at State last year.

Jada was the leader of the Heptathlon at the end of Day 1 . . . . . . . . by 6 points.
Her Day 1 total of 3007 was 134 points better than her previous Day 1 best.

Day 2
  • Event 6: threw a heptathlon personal best in the Javelin (84-6), a 16ft-9-inch improvement over her previous heptathlon best.

  • Event 7: ran a 6.5-second personal best in the 800m (2:26.32), which is the 2nd best 800m time for Xavier this season so far.

Jada finished in 3rd place.
With 5 heptathlon personal bests in 7 events, Jada's final point total was 4709; a whopping 232 points higher than her previous best heptathlon point total.

Running the 4x1600m relay for Xavier on Friday night was Jamie Stelnik, Karina Hawkins, Helen Innes, and Sammy Braun.

Saturday night, the distance medley team finished off the meet for Xavier.
  • 1200m leg: Karina Hawkins (3:49)
  • 400m leg: Sophie Brohard (1:01)
  • 800m leg: Johnnie Mitchell (2:30)
  • 1600m leg: Mia Olsen (5:24)

The next invitational for the Xavier track team is the NE Valley Championships on April 22 & 24 at Horizon HS. And then there is State on May 1 & 4.

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