A senior at Burroughs High School in Southern California excelled in the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section Masters Meet May 26 in Torrance, advancing to the state meet in two events.
Jagdeep Chahal won the 1,600-meter race and took third in the 3,200, advancing in both events, becoming the first dual event qualifier this century, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Chahal entered the 1,600 fresh off a Division I championship the previous weekend, which was the third-best time among Southern Section runners heading into the May 26 meet, according to the report.
He was midway through the pack after two laps before beginning his closing kick. Chahal utilized a mini swim move to pass up West Torrance's Rory Abberton and Redlands East Valley's Elias Opsahl over the final 200 meters to storm to a victory in a mark of 4 minutes, 11.09 seconds, which further dropped his school record, the publication added.
"I was just hoping for the best at the end and I was thinking about finishing this race and looking forward to the 3,200," he said in the report.
In the longer race, the Indian American was as far back as second-to-last at one point before making his move toward the end of the sixth lap and sprinting over the final 300 meters en route to finishing third in 9:04.83, which easily qualified him to state, the report added.
Though Chahal failed to top his record in the 3,200, missing out by about 4 seconds, he earned another feat, becoming the first qualifier in two events in the state since 1961, according to the report.