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Foothill League track and field: An early league stunner

Golden Valley girls end Saugus’ streak; Valencia sweeps West Ranch

Posted: March 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley’s girls track and field program has taken several steps forward over the past couple years.

What it did on Thursday is nothing short of a leap.

Thanks in part to big days from Chelsey Totten and the sprint corps, the Grizzlies stunned six-time defending Foothill League champion Saugus 74-62 at Golden Valley High School, while the boys also won 85-51.

In other Foothill League action, Valencia swept West Ranch with the boys winning 76-60 and the girls winning 79-57.

The Golden Valley girls halted Saugus’ 24-meet winning streak against Foothill competition. The Centurions hadn’t lost since a 71-65 setback against Hart on March 22, 2007, and they still went on to share the league title with the Indians.

Very few people, if any, saw this coming from Golden Valley.

“I didn’t see it coming,” said co-head coach Chris Evans. “It shows the fight in the girls. They came and they just competed.”

Totten turned in a terrific triple, winning the 1,600-meter race in 5 minutes, 10 seconds, and the 800 in 2:23. She followed up by finishing second in the 3,200 in 11:14.

Sprinter Imani Dixon won the 100 in 12.7 seconds and the 200 in 26.4 seconds. The relay teams also swept, with the 4x100 team winning in 51.4 seconds and the 4x400 team winning in 4:11.9.

The Grizzlies also had some good results in the field. Vanessa Brist won the triple jump by leaping 32 feet, 4 inches, and Courtney Maduike won the shot put at 32-10.

For the Centurions (1-1, 0-1), Karis Frankian won the 3,200 in 11:09 and finished second in the 1,600 in 5:15, while Jenna Vincej continued her league dominance in the 400 by winning in 58.6 seconds.

But the day belonged to the Grizzlies (2-0, 1-0), who are now primed to make a run at the program’s first league title.

“It’s a humongous step forward for Golden Valley,” Evans said.

On the boys’ side, Golden Valley’s Kristian Martinez won the 800 in 1:58.9 and Juan David Garcia won the 3,200 in 9:44. Connor Zindroski won both hurdles events, with a time of 15.9 seconds in the 110 hurdles and 42.4 seconds in the 300 hurdles.

Josef Lucien won the triple jump at 44-0 1/2, and Alidre Walker won the long jump at 20-6 for the Grizzlies (2-0, 1-0).

For Saugus (0-2, 0-1), A.J. Yarnall pulled out a win in the 1,600 in 4:20.9, and Cameron Engle won the pole vault and high jump and finished second in the long jump. Quentin Hendrix won the 100, and Saugus’ 4x100 team was also victorious.

Valencia’s Clint Gingrich had a solid day, winning the long jump with a mark of 21-1, which was half an inch shy of the school record. He also finished second in the 800 in 2:03.5 and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team.

Cole McLaughlin led a sweep in the pole vault by clearing 12-6, and James Deckers finished second in both the shot put (46-2) and the discus (121-5 1/2). The Vikings improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league.

For West Ranch, Nick Bultman swept the throws with marks of 53-2 in the shot put and 140-9 in the discus, and James Berkeley won the 100 in 11.05 seconds.

On the girls’ side, Maddie Dignadice won the 3,200 in 11:39 for Valencia (2-0, 1-0), and Lindsey Bridges won the 100 hurdles in 17.98 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 50.84 seconds.

Ashley Welker led the Wildcats by winning the 400 in 58.83 seconds and the 800 in 2:24.19. Taylor Welker won the 1,600 in 5:21, and Brianna Hodge won both the long jump (14-5) and triple jump (33-3).


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