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Foothill track and field roundup: Cats, Valencia split

West Ranch girls, Valencia boys rise to challenge; Canyon sweeps Hart

Posted: March 31, 2016 11:06 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2016 11:06 p.m.
West Ranch Adaugo Oguejiofor wins the Girls Varsity 110m hurdles. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal. West Ranch Adaugo Oguejiofor wins the Girls Varsity 110m hurdles. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal.
West Ranch Adaugo Oguejiofor wins the Girls Varsity 110m hurdles. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal.
Valencia's Joshua Pikes wins the Boys Varsity 110m hurdles. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal. Valencia's Joshua Pikes wins the Boys Varsity 110m hurdles. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal.
Valencia's Joshua Pikes wins the Boys Varsity 110m hurdles. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal.
West Ranch's Bailey Pate wins the girls varsity 400 meter race. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal. West Ranch's Bailey Pate wins the girls varsity 400 meter race. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal.
West Ranch's Bailey Pate wins the girls varsity 400 meter race. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea for The Signal.
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Last week, the West Ranch girls track and field’s win over Saugus came down to the 4x400 meter relay.

This week wasn’t as dramatic, but West Ranch’s 4x4 come-from-behind victory over Valencia Thursday afternoon helped seal the Wildcats’ 78-58 win over the Vikings at Valencia High.

On the boys side, Valencia was able to get it done with its distance crew last week, but it was its sprint core that carried the Vikings to a 83-53 win over West Ranch.

West Ranch senior Siobhan Rubio’s third leg of the 4x400 relay erased Valencia’s lead in the race, before freshman Bailey Pate’s anchor leg took the ever-important five points for the Wildcats.

“I was coming around on the outside, and I didn’t think I was going to catch her,” Rubio said. “But then I heard all the cheering from our teammates and it really motivated me and I went for it.”

Rubio and Valencia’s Cheyenne Mason handed off their batons to their anchors at roughly the same time, and Pate created enough separation for West Ranch to win the race in 4 minutes and 8 seconds, just ahead of Valencia’s 4:10.

This is the second week in a row the 4x4 relay team’s victory secured a win for West Ranch (2-0 Foothill League).

“Today we were just trying to get as many points as possible to get a solid win,” said Shelbi Schauble, who ran the second leg of the 4x4, on top of winning the 3200-meter run (12:19.77) and getting second in the 400-meter dash (58.88). “I’m really proud of my team. We all stacked up on events to get as many points for our team.”

Also stacking up for West Ranch was Adaugo Oguejiofor.

The junior took 20 points for the Cats for the second meet in a row, winning the 100 hurdles (15.20), 300 hurdles (46.47), high jump (5 feet, 2 inches) and long jump (17-4.75).

“It all comes down to the points,” Oguejiofor said. “It’s really important I get my 20 points for the team so our 4x4 girls can go and know they can go win. We want a league championship so we’re working hard.”

Also still in contention for a league championship are the Valencia boys, who got big contributions from their field and sprint events to improve to 2-0 in league.

“It’s teamwork. It’s a balance,” said Valencia co-head coach Kevin Berns. “Last week our distance group carried us, this week it was our sprinters.”

Chris Kojin, Jahmar Berkley and Tanner Berney took first through third in the 100 for Valencia. And Kojin, Blake Beeler and Berney, in that order, swept the 200.

The Vikes also won the 4x1 and 4x4.

Josh Piles doubled in the 100-meter hurdles (16.78) and the 300 hurdles (44.06) for Valencia.

But it was Steven Fallon who set a school record with his 50-0.5 mark in the shot put, along with getting first in discus with a 138-4.50 throw.

Valencia took first in every field event, including taking first through third place in the pole vault.

“When we go up against Canyon in a couple of weeks, we just have to stay consistent,” Berns said. “If everyone does their job, we’re going to be okay. Injuries are key. If we stay healthy and we do our job, we should be okay.”

The West Ranch boys stayed consistent in the distance events, taking first through third in the 800-meter run (Justin Sherfey, Ryan Painter and Jack Arnold), the 1600 (Painter, Preston Pope and Arnold), and taking the first two spots in the 3200 (Pope and Tucker Welker).

“Yes, we are 0-2, which is a tough one to swallow, but we knew we weren’t strong across the board,” said West Ranch head coach Sean Delaney. “Our distance (runners) come out and represent every week. Our sprints have to continue to improve, and our field events have to continue to improve.”

Catelyn and Catherine Edwards took the top two spots in the 100, while Jade Jordan and Chidinma Ikonte took first and second in the girls triple jump for the Vikes, who dropped to 1-1 on the season.

Canyon boys 96, Hart 46

The Cowboys sprint core had another strong showing to aid Canyon to a 2-0 start in league.

Steven Arrington swept the 100 and 200, while Connor Holcomb took first in the 400.

But it was the distance crew of Jordan Henry (800), Patrick King (1600, 3200) and Jacob Velarde (1600) that grabbed important points for the Cowboys.

Canyon took the top spot in all six of the field and throwing events.

David Aponik swept the 110 and 300 hurdles for Hart (0-2).

Canyon girls 81, Hart 58

Hart (0-2) took first place in numerous events — including the 200, 400, 800, pole vault and long jump — but Canyon was able to withstand the points with second and third place finishes.

Canyon (1-1) did sweep the discus with throws from Gabby Sanchez (102-8.50), followed by Sasha Thomas-Oakley and Allese Williams.

Keashon Foster and Alaycia Smith nabbed first and second in the 100 with marks of 13.46 and 13.63, respectively. Foster also aided the Cowboys with a second place finish in the 200 (27.18).

Canyon’s Erin Barr edged out Hart’s Shannon Soto in the high jump with a 4-10 mark.

But Soto sat atop the standings in the long jump (15-0) and triple jump (33-08).

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