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Golden Valley, Canyon split track meets

Posted: April 17, 2014 10:08 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2014 10:08 p.m.
Golden Valley thrower Samiyah Hawkins competes in the shot put against Canyon at Canyon High on Thursday. The Grizzzlies girls won their meet 78-58. Golden Valley thrower Samiyah Hawkins competes in the shot put against Canyon at Canyon High on Thursday. The Grizzzlies girls won their meet 78-58.
Golden Valley thrower Samiyah Hawkins competes in the shot put against Canyon at Canyon High on Thursday. The Grizzzlies girls won their meet 78-58.

It’s possible the best girls and the best boys track and field teams in the Foothill League were competing at the same place on Thursday.

The end result was a convincing win for each school when the Golden Valley Grizzlies faced the Canyon Cowboys at Canyon High School in a Foothill League dual meet.

The Canyon boys won 117-19, while the Golden Valley girls came out with an 78-58 victory, which puts both the Canyon boys and Golden Valley girls at 3-0 in league competition.

“As we go on, obviously everyone gets faster,” said Canyon senior Brett Molster. “We’re working hard and we’re actually doing better than we expected.”

Molster won the high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 4 inches and he ran the anchor leg of a 4x400-meter relay race (4 minutes, 9 seconds) that was unopposed due to Golden Valley’s scratch.

On the boys side, the Cowboys won 15 of 16 events and continued their strong performances in the sprint events, winning the top two spots in the 100 meters, sweeping the 200 meters and winning both relay events.

“I expect big things from our boys 4x100 (relay team),” said Canyon sprints coach Eric Johnson. “I honestly believe that they can challenge our boys 4x100 team from 2010 that went to (the state championship meet).”

On Thursday, that relay team was made up of Steven Childs, Cole Mears, Austin Stevens and Larry Lemery, whose winning time was 44 seconds flat.

Mears won in both the 100 (11.0) and 200 (22.5).

The Golden Valley girls sprinters were also impressive, with sophomore Azaria Hill recording her usual victories in the 100 (12.2 seconds) and 200 (25.2 seconds), while also helping her team to a 4x100 relay win in 49.5 seconds.

Also running for that winning 4x100 Golden Valley team was sophomore Crystal Orellana, who won in the triple jump in 33-10 1/2.

After both Hill and Orellana took part in last year’s Foothill League champion 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, the two are aiming for a repeat.

“Last year’s results gave us the motivation. We want this again,” Orellana said. “We want to have that championship again.”

Another double victory came from Grizzlies senior Samiyah Hawkins, who won the shot put with a meet-record mark of 39-10 and helped lead a Golden Valley sweep in the discuss in 122-9.

“That was my goal was to put my name up in the record books,” Hawkins said.

The highlight of the Canyon girls team was Natalie Rodriguez’s trio of victories in the 800 (2:29.7), 1,600 (5:20.3) and 3,200 (11:25).

But where the Cowboys shined was in the boys events.

Canyon’s Jarrett Davidson won the 110 hurdles in 15.9 and the 300 hurdles in 40.9, while teammate Steven Childs led Canyon sweeps in both the long jump and triple jump with his winning marks of 21-6 3/4 and 39 11 1/4, respectively.

Also for Canyon, Jason Hillquist won the 1,600 (4:43.6) and 3,200 (10:13) and Joey Galindo was victorious in the shot put (44-3) and discus (138-0).


West Ranch 81, Saugus 55

West Ranch’s sprinters came alive and it dominated the field events to pull off the upset of the day.

The win puts both boys teams at 1-2 in league.

West Ranch was led by the triple victory from Max Cawley, who won the high jump (6 feet), long jump (20-4 1/2) and triple jump (43-5 1/4).

Aaron Danny won the 100 (11.30) and 200 (22.99) for West Ranch, Nathan Bultman won both throwing events with a 58-8 in shot put and 159-3 1/2 in discus, and Alex Rassool led a sweep for West Ranch in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.1.

Saugus’ Alex Pearson won the 800 in 2:01.13.

Valencia 70, Hart 66

Valencia took advantage of a short-handed Hart team and pulled off the narrow victory with some of Hart’s top distance runners sitting out in preparation for the weekend’s upcoming Mt. San Antonio Relays.

With the win on Thursday at Hart High, Valencia improved to 2-1 in league while Hart fell to 2-1.

Valencia’s Nick Jones won the 200 in 22.1 and the 400 in 50.7, and teammate Christian Brouws doubled in the long jump (21-3) and triple jump (40-7).

Valencia’s Robert Allen claimed victory in the shot put (44-10) and discus (119-10).

For Hart, Alex Bernal won the 800 and 1,600 in 2:02 and 4:39, respectively, Jackson Potter won the high jump in 6 feet and Jordan Kirchner won the 100 meters in 11 flat.


Saugus 70, West Ranch 66

Saugus overcame some minor injuries to edge West Ranch on Thursday at West Ranch High.

Katie O’Brien won the shot put (36-10) and discus (114-9) for Saugus and Avery Schulhofer won the 100 (11.69) and 200 (26.65).

Corliss Preston, competing in her first varsity dual meet for Saugus, won the pole vault, and teammate Brooke Thompson won in the triple jump.

West Ranch’s Adaugo Oguejifor won the 100 hurdles (15.81) and the long jump 17-2 3/4, while Marisa Magsarili was victorious in the 800 2:17.7.

The Saugus girls are now 3-0 in league and the West Ranch girls are 2-1.

Valencia 77, Hart 59

Briana Pica won the pole vault in 11 feet as the Valencia girls picked up their first league win of the season at Hart High.

Valencia also won both sprint relays.

Valencia is now 1-2 in league while Hart fell to 0-3.

Hart’s Leina Verrier won the 100 hurdles (16.9) and 300 hurdles (51.1)

Also for Hart, Liz Sulaiman won the 100 meters in 12.3 and the long jump in 17-2 1/2.


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