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Foothill track prelims provides a preview

Posted: May 6, 2014 10:11 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2014 10:11 p.m.

In terms of drama and surprises, the Foothill League prelims aren’t usually stocked full of them.

But they can provide a glimpse into the drama that will undoubtedly follow two days later at the league finals.

On Tuesday at College of the Canyons, qualifying races were held for all varsity running events with the exception of the 3,200 meters.

The finals for all varsity field events and the 3,200 will be held Thursday at the same location.

In the meantime, the Canyon boys and Golden Valley girls both performed well in their respective sprinting events, as expected.

And an array of different schools will be represented in the hurdles and distance races.

Two Canyon runners, Austin Stevens and Cole Mears, were the top two qualifiers in the 100 meters in 11.30 seconds and 11.41 seconds, respectively.

On Tuesday, winners of each heat moved on to finals along with the next-best times until eight spots were filled out.

The lone exception is the 1,600, where 12 runners qualified for finals.

Both Mears and Stevens two also won their heats in the 200, along with Valencia’s Nick Jones.

Jones was also the day’s top qualifier in the 400 at 22.46. He’ll try to repeat as league champion in the event on Thursday.

In the girls sprints, Golden Valley’s Azaria Hill and Saugus’ Avery Schulhofer were the top two finishers in both the 100 and 200.

Hill’s teammate Jada Selexman put up the best time in the 400 in 58.52.

It was more Golden Valley represented in the hurdles, with Caitlyn Zindroski leading the pack in the 100 hurdles and Zakora Merriweather doing so in the 300 hurdles.

In the boys hurdles, Canyon’s Jarrett Davidson and Hart’s Matt Nali were neck-and-neck as the top two finishers in the 110 and 300 events.

Things were even less clear-cut in the distance events.

Canyon’s Natalie Rodriguez ran a personal-best 5:03.93 to win her heat in the girls 1,600, but she won’t be running in Thursday’s final because she wants to focus on the 3,200.

The other 1,600 heat was won by West Ranch’s Marisa Magsarili in 5:10.74.

She also claimed victory in her 800 heat with the day’s overall best mark of 2:16.29. Valencia’s Amelia Pear and Hart’s Bailey Pate weren’t far behind.

In the boys 800, Canyon’s Jason Hillquist came in with the day’s best time of 1:58.48 while five other qualifiers all finished within 3 seconds of that time.

It was also a close race in the boys 1,600, where Hart’s Bailey James and Saugus’ Brian Zabilski both won their heats. It was again six runners coming in within 2 seconds of Zabilski’s top time of 4:23.90.

Field events on Thursday begin at 4 p.m. and running events start at 5 p.m.


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