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Canyon leads list of SCV qualifiers at CIF track and field prelims

Posted: May 17, 2014 10:02 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2014 10:02 p.m.

Everything seems to go right for Canyon and Golden Valley track and field this year.

Other than those two teams, it was a less-than-perfect day for Foothill League athletes at Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section track and field prelims.

Canyon sent a total of 12 athletes to next week’s CIF-SS finals in 10 different events, which was the most of any Foothill League school.

“We tell these kids all year long that May is what matters,” said Canyon track and field head coach Paul Broneer. “In some of the dual meets we’ll ask them to do four events and we’ll say, ‘Hey, this is part of your training.”

Golden Valley was the next-best Foothill with seven qualifiers, all of which were girls.

Both Canyon and Golden Valley were competing alongside Saugus and Hart athletes at Saturday’s CIF-SS Division II prelims at Moorpark High School.

At the same time, Valencia and West Ranch athletes were taking part in the Division I prelims at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo.

The top nine finishers in each event moved onto finals.

West Ranch will send three finalists in four different events, Saugus sent three to finals and both Valencia and Hart one athlete apiece qualify.

The day was highlighted by several notable performances by Canyon athletes, including a pair of personal-best performances by Canyon’s Jarrett Davidson, who qualified in both the 110 hurdles (14.89 seconds) and 300 hurdles (39.47).

Steven Childs was another double qualifier for Canyon, making it through in both the long jump and helping teammates Cole Mears, Larry Lemery and Austin Stevens in the 4x100-meter relay.

West Ranch’s Nathan Bultman set school records in both the shot put (62 feet, 4 inches) and discus (172-9) while qualifying for both along the way. He was the top qualifier in shot put and second best in disc.

West Ranch also sent Marisa Magsarili to the CIF 800-meter finals for the second straight year, along with first-time finalist Ashton Garcia in the 1,600.

Golden Valley’s seven finalists will all compete in four events, including both the 4x100 and 4x400 girls relay teams.

Various combinations of Crystal Orellana, Jada Selexman, Bianca Tinoco, Caitlyn Zindroski and Zakora Merriweather will compete in those relays.

Also for Golden Valley, throwers Samiyah Hawkins (discus) and Nikaela Harris (shot put) both moved on to finals, which continued what is a growing tradition of throwers at the school.

Last year, Golden Valley sent Courtney Maduike to the CIF-SS Masters Meet in discus.

“Courtney has kind of led everything off the last few years,” said Golden Valley head coach John Quam. “Samiyah picked it up right where she left off and Nikaela will lead everything next year.”

For Saugus, junior Brian Zabilski was the day’s top qualifier in the Division II 3,200 with a time of 9:18.00. Fellow Saugus runner Alex Pearson moved on in the 1,600 and Ashley Heys, despite finishing 10th, made her way into the 3,200 final after Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter dropped out.

Saugus also had two other athletes, Avery Schulhofer (100) and Jordan Serrano (3,200) finish 10th in their events and just miss out on qualifying.

Valencia’s lone qualifier was pole vaulter Briana Pica, who went to the Master’s Meet in the event last year. Her teammate Nick Jones fell short of his second straight CIF finals appearance in the 400 after he twisted his ankle during Saturday’s race.

Hart sent Matt Nali to the finals in the 300 hurdles.

But the day belonged to Canyon, which saw some of its athletes put up season-best marks on the day.

“I’m really pleased,” Broneer said. “I think we’re actually coming on.”

Brett Molster leapt 6-4 in the high jump to tie for the day’s best mark, while Natalie Rodriguez moved on in the 3,200 and Jeremy Kimmer moved on in the pole vault with little trouble.

Shot putter Jordan Sykes qualified with a personal best throw of 50-3/4, while Jason Hillquist (800) and Kyla Danforth (1,600) and Ged Kerezis (pole vault) can also call themselves CIF finalists.

All divisions for the CIF-SS finals will be held at Cerritos College on Saturday.


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