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Depth and field: Canyon track wins

Winning the field events and overall depth leads Canyon to double victory

Posted: April 16, 2009 10:50 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2009 10:50 p.m.
The Golden Valley track and field team has the athletes to consistently win events in the Foothill League.

The Grizzlies are also starting to believe they can compete against the top teams.

But one thing they don’t have yet is depth – and Canyon made them pay for it.

The Canyon boys team defeated Golden Valley 98-38 to avenge a surprise loss last season, and the girls beat the Grizzlies 98-38 at Golden Valley High School.

“Depth is everything in track and field,” said Canyon head coach Paul Broneer. “I really stress that. Not a lot of schools have the luxury Canyon does with our amount of coaches.”

The Canyon boys and girls (4-1, 2-1) won every field event and gained a slew of seconds and thirds to augment the margin of victory.

“It wasn’t just the depth, but the field events,” said Golden Valley co-head coach Chris Evans. “That really put them ahead of us. We would have had to have a perfect day to beat them. Their field events are superior.”

Canyon’s Tiffini Stone won the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 10 1/2 inches, and she also won the long jump by leaping 16-4 3/4.

Layana White took the high jump by clearing 5-2, while Gillian Lopez and Stevie Kennedy-Gold split top honors in the pole vault by clearing 9-6. Mariah Mewborn won the discus throw with a toss of 123-9 and Courtney Saunders took the shot put by throwing 39-1 1/2.

On the boys’ side, Canyon’s Harrison Hall won the long jump at 19-10 and the triple jump at 42-4. Cody Moore cleared 6-2 to win the high jump, Joe Pineda cleared 11-6 to win the pole vault, Joe Elick won the shot put with a toss of 43-1, and Ricky Bergeron won the discus with a throw of 124-2 1/2.

The Golden Valley girls (3-2, 1-2) had more success in the sprints and middle distances. Lauren Nygren won the 800-meter race with a time of 2 minutes, 32.49 seconds and the 1,600 with a time of 5:22.59. Teammate Lauren Hackney won the 200 in 26.41 seconds and the 400 in 1:00.62.

Evans noted that as Golden Valley continues to improve its reputation in athletics, getting the kids to believe they can win is the next step.

“Lauren Nygren ran the best she has all season,” Evans said. “She really set a tone for us. She came out and said, ‘I’m here to compete.’ Everyone stepped up after that.”

Canyon’s White won the 100 with a time of 12.64 seconds, and Taylor Thomas won the 300 hurdles in 49.87 and the 100 hurdles in 15.03, a personal best.

Canyon’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams also scored victories, and Hayley Parkinson won the 3,200 with a time of 11:58.39.

The Golden Valley boys (3-1-1, 1-1-1) received a boost when Seth Totten won the 1,600 in 4:33.31, while teammate Dylan Olson won the 110 hurdles in 14.86 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 41.32.

Canyon was dominant in the rest of the boys’ events, however. Chris Rivas won the 200 in 22.21 seconds and the 400 in 51.08. Darius Rudolph posted a time of 11.04 seconds to win the 100, Kenneth Moreno won the 800 in 2:04.00, and Tommy McGuan took the 3,200 with a time of 10:22.92, while the Canyon 4x100 team earned a victory as well.

Heading into the final event, the Golden Valley coaches challenged the 4x400 team to defend its home turf.

The team responded by posting a time of 3:31.41 for a convincing victory.

“The coaches always said we could hang with anybody as long as our minds are set,” said Corey Chaisson, who ran the second leg for Golden Valley. “We’re happy they came up to us and told us not to let anybody step on us, and we went out and ran.”


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