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Saugus High sweeps its track meet against Canyon

Posted: April 3, 2009 1:12 a.m.
Updated: April 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus senior Cameron Penta jumps a hurdle in the 110 meter race Thursday at Saugus High Thursday. Penta won the 110 and 300 meter events.

 
After Saugus’ meet against Canyon Thursday, several Centurions lifted Brandon Jauregui into the air in celebration.

For the first time all day, he wasn’t carrying them.

Jauregui won the 800-meter race, the 1,600 and the 3,200 to lead the Saugus boys past Canyon 76-60, and Alex Hampton broke a school record in the 400 as the Centurion girls defeated Canyon 85-51 at Saugus High School.

With tired legs after winning the 800 and 1,600, Jauregui and Canyon’s Anthony Pizzo raced neck-and-neck for the final 100 meters of the 3,200.

For motivation on the last lap, Jauregui remembered what happened at Saturday’s APU Meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific University.

“(Pizzo) got me on the last lap, so I was thinking that the whole way,” Jauregui said. “I was like, ‘I don’t want that to happen again.’”

It didn’t.

Jauregui held off Pizzo by the narrowest of margins, finishing the race in 9 minutes, 33.97 seconds, just before Pizzo’s time of 9:34.00.

“We’ve kind of been on him,” said Saugus head coach Christian Standley. “We keep telling him when people are close, he gets out-kicked. He probably just decided he’d had enough hearing about it, so he went ahead and took care of business and we couldn’t be prouder of him.”

Jauregui ran the 800 in 2:02.31 and the 1,600 in 4:34.87, and teammate Josh Coefield bolstered Saugus’ day in the sprints, winning the 100-meter dash in 10.72 seconds and the 200 in 22.31.

Cameron Penta won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.56 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 41.06 for the Centurions, while Daniel Swarbrick won the discus with a toss of 167 feet, 8 inches, and the shot put with a throw of 58 1/2.

Canyon took first in all three jump events, with Harrison Hall winning the long jump at 20-11 and the triple jump at 42-8, and Kevin Enge clearing 6-0 in the triple jump.

“I don’t think we did as well as we expected to do,” said Canyon head coach Paul Broneer. “A lot of individuals came through, but you need to have a team. They’re a pretty balanced team. If you’re going to lose to somebody, it’s good to lose to someone that’s real good.”

Canyon also won the 4x100 relay with a time of 43.41 seconds, and the Cowboys earned a victory in the 4x400 after Saugus was disqualified for an illegal uniform.

Saugus’ Landon Shaw won the pole vault after clearing 13-0, and Canyon’s Chris Rivas won the 400 with a time of 51.59.

On the girls side, Hampton ran the 400 in 58.69 seconds to break the school record, and Saugus’ distance team turned in its typically strong performance. Annie Randall won the 800 with a time of 2:19.29, Stephanie Bulder won the 1,600 with a time of 5:08.28 and Kaylin Mahoney’s winning time in the 3,200 was 11:29.00.

Saugus’ depth helped it score victories in the sprints as well with Amber Wright winning the 100 in 12.62 seconds and the 200 in 25.83 seconds.

“Our sprinters are scoring and we’re doing enough damage in the field events to kind of take away some of the strengths of the other teams,” Standley said. “It was a well-rounded effort.”

Canyon’s Layana White was a standout in the high jump, clearing 5-4 to tie for the third-best mark in the history of the school.

“I just focused more than I usually do, and I cleared it,” she said.

Canyon’s Gillian Lopez vaulted 9-0 to win the pole vault, while Courtney Saunders won the discus toss (115-4) and the shot put (38-7 1/2) and Tiffini Stone won the long jump (16-8 1/2) and the triple jump (33-7).

Cowboys sprinter Taylor Thomas won the 100 hurdles in 15.34 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 48.44. Saugus won both the 4x100 and the 4x400 races.

The Canyon girls fall to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Foothill League, while the boys drop to 2-2 and 1-1.

Both the Saugus boys and girls improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the league, with both victories over tough opponents in Valencia and Canyon.

“It’s a giant first two steps,” Standley said. “I realize there’s talent out there we’re going to have to deal with later. We’ll enjoy this for a few days but we’ll re-focus and make sure we get the job done by the end of the season.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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