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Foothill track and field roundup: One tie likely creates another tie

Canyon, Golden Valley boys could share league crown; GV-Saugus up next

Posted: April 19, 2013 4:37 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2013 4:37 p.m.

Entering the final event of the day, the Golden Valley boys track and field team trailed Canyon by five points and needed a win in the 4x400-meter relay to salvage a tie.

A clutch anchor leg from James Chevious did that. It may have salvaged a lot more, too.

With the 68-68 tie on Thursday, both Golden Valley and Canyon move to 3-0-1 in the Foothill League, and while victories next week are hardly guaranteed, both teams will be favored in their final league dual meets against Saugus and Hart, respectively.

That means both teams went a long way toward clinching a share of the league title on Thursday. The girls’ race, meanwhile, is a lot clearer.

Thanks to Golden Valley’s 90-46 win over Canyon and Saugus’ 99-31 win over West Ranch on Thursday, next week’s dual meet at Saugus High will determine the Foothill League girls team champion outright.

Also on Thursday, the Valencia boys earned their first win of the league season by beating Hart 70-66, while the Viking girls also won 105-31. The Saugus boys beat West Ranch 78-53.

But the biggest boys meet of the day came down to the 4x400, which Golden Valley’s team of Jake Ortiz, Kyle Cornes, Aaron Kinard and Chevious won in 3 minutes, 22.83 seconds. The Grizzlies trailed on the final leg, but Chevious overtook Drew Wolitarsky in a tight finish.

Golden Valley’s Diontre Harris won the shot put at 51 feet, 11 3/4 inches and finished second in the discus at 138-10 1/4. Rakan Qumseya went 141-11 1/2 to win the disc.

Chevious also won the 200 in 22.42 seconds and the 400 in 50.73 seconds, and he joined Ortiz, Leon Jacobs and Terry Tamura in winning the 4x100 in 43.17 seconds.

The Grizzlies needed the relays to offset Canyon’s dominance in other events. Jarrett Davidson swept the 110 hurdles (15.62) and 300 hurdles (41.11), while Wolitarsky won the 100 in 11.18 seconds.

Timmy Tomizawa continued his strong season by clearing 14 feet to lead a sweep in pole vault, and Brett Molster cleared 6-7 to win the high jump. Winners for the Canyon girls included Kendall Bietsch in the 400 (57.40) and Lindsey Jakeman in the 300 hurdles (48.82).

The Golden Valley girls, meanwhile, were led by Azaria Hill, Imani Dixon and Crystal Orellana. Hill ran 12.05 to win the 100 and finished second in the 200 at 25.19, behind Dixon’s time of 25.01. Both girls were on the winning 4x400 team (3:58.70) with Orellana and Alex Fernandez.

Orellana went 16-2 to win the long jump and 34-2 to win the high jump. Courtney Maduike unleashed a mark of 146-4 to win the disc and break her own school record by 14 feet.

The Saugus girls received a boost from Rachel Eaton, who won the long jump, high jump and triple jump, while Monica Allen won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the high jump. Marisa Magsarili won the 800 for West Ranch.

On the boys’ side, Cameron Engle scored 18 points for Saugus with wins in the long jump (22 feet, a personal best), triple jump (42-3) and 110 hurdles, and a runner-up finish by clearing 6 feet in the high jump.

West Ranch winners included Nathan Bultman in the shot, Zahr Lyttle in the 100 and Pierce Miller in the 800.

Valencia’s boys earned their win behind Michel Kojin, who won the 100 (11.37), the 200 (22.75) and joined Austin James, Calvin Olbes and Nick Jones in winning the 4x400 in 3:26.55. James won the triple jump at 43-6 and finished second in the long jump, while Olbes won the 800.

Robert Allen won the disc at 116-5 and went 38-3 1/2 to finish second in the shot, which Jake Solley won at 40-6.

Connor West recorded all three of Hart’s wins, coming out on top in the 110 hurdles (15.84), the 300 hurdles (41.29) and the high jump (6-2).

Ally Hidgon led Valencia’s girls, winning the 1,600 (5:21.72) and 3,200 (12:03.92). Sandra Ikeora won the 100 in 13.01 seconds and the 200 in 26.96 seconds.

Lindsey Estrada won the 100 hurdles (17.68) and 300 hurdles (49.10) for Hart’s only victories.


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