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Foothill shows well

Golden Valley, Valencia, Hart compete against Southern California's finest

Posted: March 29, 2009 1:25 a.m.
Updated: March 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Golden Valley's Bino Horne comes down the wire to win the 400 Saturday at the Percy Knox Invitational at College of the Canyons.

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The fifth annual Percy Knox invitational featured a limited number of Foothill League athletes, but those who did compete put in some strong results.

Golden Valley’s Sara Demshki won the 300 meter hurdles on the girls side, and Bino Horne represented the Grizzlies  with a victory in the 400 meter dash.

For Valencia, Kristina Change finished just out of the winners’ circle in the 300-meter hurdles.

“We held most of our athletes out of the event,” said Valencia head coach Pat Connelly. “We have a lot of people on our team that need rest so we thought it was best to keep most of our team out today.”

Hart utilized a similar approach, keeping almost its team out of competition. The Indians’ day was highlighted by a 6-foot-4-inch high jump from Ted Glasnow.

The leap was especially impressive since the high jump is not an event that Glasnow normally specializes in.

“Ted is training to be a decathalete at the collegiate level,” said Hart head coach Larry David. “He practices a lot of events so for him to perform in the high jump like he did today is exciting to watch.”

Dylan Olson posted a pair of trophy-winning times by running the 110-meter hurdles in 15.55 seconds to take third and the 300-meter hurdles in 31.32 to take second in the event.

“Dylan is a special athlete,” said Golden Valley head coach Rob Evans. “I think this year he has really upped his focus. With league play getting going we really need him to score points for us because he sets the tone for the team as a whole.”

The trio of Foothill League teams that participated in the meet viewed it as an opportunity to compete against some of the best athletes in California. Forty total teams competed at College of the Canyons.

“I think all the local teams looked at this as a chance to build momentum as the season really gets going,” Evans said. “We wanted the chance to compete and to get our kids on a winning track in an environment that featured a lot of talent. Overall, I think we should be pleased with how the league performed today.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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