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Foothill track and field roundup: Canyon boys claim share of 7th straight league crown

West Ranch girls get back to winning ways

Posted: April 21, 2016 11:08 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2016 11:08 p.m.
Canyon's Jeremiah Chow clears the bar during a vault in a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. Canyon's Jeremiah Chow clears the bar during a vault in a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon's Jeremiah Chow clears the bar during a vault in a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon's Seanna Nalbandyan looks ahead as she clears a hurdle in the varsity girls 300 meter low hurdles during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. Canyon's Seanna Nalbandyan looks ahead as she clears a hurdle in the varsity girls 300 meter low hurdles during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon's Seanna Nalbandyan looks ahead as she clears a hurdle in the varsity girls 300 meter low hurdles during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon's Steven Arrington, left, and Brandon Wilson run the boys 100-meter dash during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. Canyon's Steven Arrington, left, and Brandon Wilson run the boys 100-meter dash during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon's Steven Arrington, left, and Brandon Wilson run the boys 100-meter dash during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon's Brandon Wilson lands a successful long jump during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. Canyon's Brandon Wilson lands a successful long jump during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Canyon's Brandon Wilson lands a successful long jump during a dual meet at West Ranch on Thursday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
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Canyon track and field head coach Paul Broneer said at the beginning of the season this would be the toughest year for his then-six-time-defending Foothill League champion boys squad to repeat.

But due to a combination of the Cowboys’ 80-56 win at West Ranch, and the Valencia boys edging Saugus, the Canyon boys squad clinched at least a share of the Foothill League title for the seventh year in row — its 13th title in 15 years.

“At the beginning of the season, there is no way I thought that’d be possible,” Broneer said. “Every week the kids keep getting a little better. And it all happens in practice. Eric Johnson is our sprints coach. I give a lot of credit to him. He works those kids hard.”

Also working hard on the track was the West Ranch girls squad, which picked up an 80-56 win over Canyon after a tough loss to Golden Valley last week.

But it was the Canyon boys (4-0 Foothill League) who had to start a bit of a comeback in the beginning of the meet.

West Ranch had taken an early lead after three events. And it didn’t help that Canyon’s Connor Holcomb felt tightness in his hamstring after taking third place in the long jump (19-03.25) and didn’t compete in any events after that.

So sophomore Brandon Wilson came to the Cowboys aid, winning the long jump (20-04), and finishing second in the triple jump (38-10), 100-meter dash (11.48 seconds) and 200 (23.33).

Also coming up huge for the Cowboys was Steven Arrington.

The junior sprinter earned 20 points for his squad, doubling in the 100 (11.24 seconds), the 200 (22.64) and running the second leg and anchor in the 4x100 meter relay and 4x4 relay, respectively.

“A lot of our seniors left (from last year), and we have a very young team with a lot of potential,” Arrington said. “So we had to carry the torch. We had to take over. Our goal was to continue the legacy and to get seven. We didn’t want to be the weak links.”

Taylor Tepesano helped Canyon sweep the 200 with a third place finish and took five points in his 400 win (52.96).

West Ranch’s distance team, though, took five out of the six scoring spots in the 1600-meter run and 3200.

Preston Pope doubled in the 1600 and 3200 with marks of 4:31.86 and 9:54.40, respectively. Justin Sherfey (4:44.48) finished second in the 1600, followed by Bryce Fenenbock (4:47.92) for the Wildcat sweep.

Michael Sorensen sat atop of the standings in the 110-meter hurdles (17.32) and second in the 300 hurdles (44.74), while Bradley Knowles cleared 5-10 for a first-place finish in the high jump for the Cats.

Canyon’s John Elam doubled in the discus (133-06) and shot put (46-05.75), while Jeremiah Chow (13-0) and Jake Bennett (12-06) finished in the top two pole vault spots.

On the girls side, West Ranch got out to an early start and never trailed.

Adaugo Oguejiofor had another 20-point day finishing first in the long jump (17-00.50), high jump (4-10), 100-meter hurdles (15.46) and the 300 hurdles (46.25).

The junior barely edged Canyon’s Seanna Nalbandyan (46.39) in the 300 hurdles, as Oguejiofor fell crossing the finish line.

West Ranch head coach Sean Delaney said Oguejiofor’s hamstring felt tight, but she didn’t let it affect her too much, as she still competed in the long and high jumps.

It was another good showing for the Cats freshman. Hailey Hunt took first in the 100 (12.94), while Shelbi Schauble took second and third in the 400 and 200, respectively. Sophia Hoelzel also nabbed first- and second-place finishes in the 1600 and 800, respectively.

“Last week we had a tough loss against Golden Valley, but we’re running mostly a young team against a very veteran team,” Delaney said. “To come back today, though, they all ran well and really wanted it and got back after it.”

For the Canyon girls, Yee-Lynn Wong won the 3200-meter run and took second in the 1600.

Selasi Mawugbe finished first in the triple jump (33-07), while Rachel Bowers and Gabby Sanchez finished in second and third in the shot put, respectively. Sanchez took first in the discus.

Valencia boys 68, Saugus 66

In one of the closest races the boys side has seen this season, the Vikings narrowly edged the Centurions.

Saugus (3-1) was gearing up for a showdown next week with Canyon, hoping that meet would determine the league champion. Valencia improves to 3-1.

However, that could still be the case if Saugus defeats Canyon, both squads would then share the league crown.

Saugus’ Louis Eusebi won the 100 meter and took second in the 200. The Cents 4x100 relay team also took a first place finish.

Valencia girls 70, Saugus 66

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