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Prep track and field: G.V. sweeps set up Foothill showdown

Grizzlies survive Valencia to force title tilts with Canyon; Hart boys, West Ranch girls win

Posted: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Golden Valley track and field team swept Valencia on Thursday at Valencia High School, while the Hart boys and West Ranch girls also won at Hart High School.

Golden Valley beat Valencia 69-67 in boys and 78-58 in girls. The Hart boys won by the same score, while the West Ranch girls won 80-56.

In the boys meet, the Grizzlies took all but one point in the distances. Kristian Martinez won the 800 in 1:56.2 and the 1,600 in 4:31.7, while Juan David Garcia won the 3,200 in 9:56.9.

Connor Zindroski swept the hurdles with times of 15.82 seconds in the 110 hurdles and 42.17 seconds in the 300 hurdles. Deion Webber won the discus at 153 feet, 4 inches and Josef Lucien won the triple jump at 44 feet.

For Valencia, Michael Kojin won the 100 in 11.62 seconds and the 200 in 23.01 seconds. The Vikings also took the 4x100 relay in 43.95 seconds, although they were without standout sprinter James Berkley. He had a mild injury, according to head coach Jeff Gilkey, and Valencia wanted to play it safe.

Golden Valley’s Chelsey Totten won the 800 in 2:19.26 and the 1,600 in 5:12, while Courtney Maduike threw the discus 104-7 to break the oldest school record, according to co-head coach Chris Evans.

Valencia’s Chanel Rogers won the 100 in 12.82 seconds, and Arianna Michaels won the 3,200 in 11:44.37.

For the Hart boys, Sam Peckham won the 1,600 in 4:22, just ahead of West Ranch’s Jeff Black at 4:24. In his first varsity race, Hart’s Nick Liebmann ran the 3,200 in 10:04, while teammate Max Gentner was second in 10:41.

Next week, Golden Valley will visit Canyon with Foothill League titles on the line. The girls meet is winner-take-all, with both the Grizzlies and Cowboys entering at 4-0, while a win by the Golden Valley boys would force at least a two-way tie for the league title.

If that happens and the Hart boys also beat Valencia, the Indians would clinch a share of a three-way league crown, joining Canyon and Golden Valley at 4-1.

West Ranch finishes the season by hosting Saugus.



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