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Canyon pole vaulter hits personal record at Arcadia Invitational

SCV athletes compete in prestigious annual track meet

Posted: April 11, 2016 9:47 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2016 9:47 p.m.
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One good pole vault deserves another.

Canyon’s Jake Bennett and Jeremiah Chow finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the first session of the 49th annual Arcadia Invitational — which hosts the top high school athletes from California and around the country — Saturday night with vaults of 14 feet, 2 inches and 13-8.

The 14-2 mark is a personal record for Bennett, while Chow’s wasn’t quite up to his 14-6 mark at the UCLA Legends Invite at the beginning of the month, which was a PR for the senior.

“That’s the first time (Bennett) has beaten his teammate since he was a freshman,” said Canyon head coach Paul Broneer. “They’re focused. They’re pushing each other.”

Also pushing each other is the West Ranch girls 4x800 meter relay squad, which also made a strong showing over the weekend in Arcadia.

The relay team of Sophia Hoelzel, Shelbi Schauble, Siobhan Rubio and Bailey Pate finished the 4x800 relay invitational with a time of 9 minutes, 27.14 seconds — good for a fourth-place finish.

On the Wildcats boys side, the 4x1600 meter relay squad (Jack Arnold, Preston Pope, Ryan Painter and Justin Sherfey) finished 14th overall with a 17:51.21 time.

Golden Valley’s girls distance medley team of Bianca Tinoco, Azaria Hill, Lonyaa Merriweather and Mykasia Simpkins finished the invitational race at 12:11.30 to pace the Santa Clarita squads in seventh place. Saugus’ Ashley Heys, Mackenna Pak, Emma Bahr and Mariah Castillo finished in 18th with a mark of 12:18.92.

Tinoco also took seventh place for the Grizzlies in the 800-meter run invitational with a mark of 2:11.77. West Ranch’s Pate finished with a time of 2:16.35 in the first session of the 800.

Golden Valley thrower Shyann Franklin nabbed an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 41-09.75 in her first attempt. The freshman beat her previous PR of 40-8, which was the top mark in the Foothill League.

Valencia’s Sam Pica clocked a 49.43 time in the 400-meter dash. Canyon’s Steven Arrington set a mark of 22.44 in the 200, and a 11.15 in the 100-meter dash seeded race.

Valencia and Canyon will be pitted against each other Wednesday as Foothill League track and field resumes after spring break.

Both the Vikings and Cowboys boys are 2-0 in league, while the girls are each 1-1 on the season.

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