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Golden Valley girls, Canyon boys win Foothill track and field titles

Posted: April 24, 2014 10:47 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2014 10:47 p.m.

Golden Valley's Crystal Orellana lands the triple jump on Saturday at Golden Valley High School. Golden Valley defeated Saugus on the girls' side and the Centurion boys defeated the Grizzlies.

 

A lot of weight was on the shoulders of a select number of athletes for Golden Valley girls track and field.

That group of girls was nothing short of elite in Thursday’s Foothill League dual meet against Saugus at Golden Valley High School, where the Grizzlies wrapped up at least a share of their second straight league title with an 83-53 win over Saugus.

That puts Golden Valley at 4-0 in league with one meet to go next week against West Ranch. The Saugus girls fell to 3-1 after suffering their first league loss of the year.

On the boys side, the Saugus boys team beat Golden Valley easily, 93-43, to move to 2-2 in league while the Grizzlies dropped to 0-4.

“We just pulled it all together,” said Golden Valley senior Caitlyn Zindroski of the girls win. “We had a meeting yesterday and we just talked about how we really, really wanted it.”

Zindroski won the 110-meter hurdles in 16.12 seconds and she added points with third-place finishes in the 100 meters, the long jump and the triple jump.

She’s part of Golden Valley’s bread-and-butter group of sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers who have carried the team to its first two league titles in school history.

Also in that group is sophomore Azaria Hill, who won the 100 in 12.28, the 200 in 26.08 and she ran the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team that won in 49.47.

The other three runners in that race for Golden Valley were Crystal Orellana, Jada Selexman and Bianca Tinoco.

Orellana also won the triple jump with a season-best mark of 39 feet, 10 inches while Selexman won both the 400 (58.91) and the high jump (4-6).

“It was definitely the pressure of doing my best today and trusting myself because I’ve been off my game lately,” Selexman said of her trio of victories.

Another seemingly automatic double winner for Golden Valley this season has been senior thrower Samiyah Hawkins, who followed suit by winning the shot put with a season-best 40-5 1/4 and the discus in 117-2 3/4.

Saugus freshman Brooke Thompson edged out Orellana for a victory in the long jump in 16-6 1/2.

The Saugus girls got most of their points with sweeps of the top three spots in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 despite keeping some of their top runners out due to injuries.

Ashley Heys won both the 800 (2:24.95) and the 1,600 (5:23.88) while Jessica Ruiz claimed victory in the 3,200 in 11:95.60.

The Saugus boys were similarly dominant in the longer events, with Alex Pearson leading sweeps in the 800 (2:00.80) and 1,600 (4:36.72).

Pearson is nearly full strength again after an Achilles injury kept him out the first five weeks of the season.

“Since all (our team’s injuries), I think we’re doing well,” Pearson said. “I think we’ve recovered OK.”

Elsewhere for the Saugus boys, Taylor Vlaming leapt 18-5 to lead a sweep in the long jump, and he helped Saugus’ 4x100 relay team win after Golden Valley was disqualified.

Saugus’ Vinny Martucci won both the 110 hurdles in 16.49 and he ran a leg for the winning 4x100 relay team (44.89).

For Golden Valley, Jacob Ortiz won the 200 (23.18) and 400 (51.71).

Boys
Canyon 93, Hart 43

Canyon's win on Thursday at Canyon High School coupled with Valencia's loss gives the Cowboys an outright Foothill League championship, which is its fifth in a row.

Canyon split league titles the last two years, but it is assured that won't happen again because the Cowboys are 4-0 in league and the next-closest team is 2-2 with one league meet to go. Hart, Valencia and West Ranch are all 2-2 in league.

Canyon was dominant in nearly every area outside of the distance events. Cole Mears led sweeps in the 100 (11.4) and 200 (22.8), and he took part in the winning 4x100 team in 43.6.

Steven Childs notched two more wins for Canyon in the long jump (20-10 1/4) and triple jump (41-6 3/4). Joey Galindo won the shot put (46-4) and discus (139-3).

Hart's day was highlighted by a pair of wins from Bailey James in the 800 (2:02.5) and 1,600 (4:29.8). In one of the more intriguing matchups of the day, Hart's Matt Nali edged out Canyon's Jarrett Davidson in the 300 hurdles with a time of 38.8.

West Ranch 80.5, Valencia 55.5

With its win over Valencia on Thursday at Valencia High School, West Ranch put itself into position to make school history.

That puts the West Ranch boys at 2-2. With a win over Golden Valley next week, the Wildcats could finish with their first winning season ever for the program.

“It’s really good and people are excited,” said West Ranch head coach Steven Welker. “It’s a really great feeling.”

Valencia is also 2-2 in league.

For West Ranch, Max Cawley won in the high jump (6-2) and triple jump (43-9 3/4) while Nathan Bultman doubled in the shot put (59-3) and discus (165-0 1/2).

Also for West Ranch Ashton Garcia won the 800 (2:02.55) and 1,600 (4:35.73).

For Valencia, Nick Jones won the 200 (22.18) and 400 (50.70).

Girls
Canyon 91, Hart 44
The Canyon girls picked up their first league win of the season on Thursday. Canyon is now 1-3 in league while Hart is 0-4.

Canyon's Mari Kneisel won the high jump with a mark of 4-10 and she also helped Canyon win the 4x100 in 50.5. Also for Canyon, Natalie Rodriguez won the 800 in 2:19.8 to lead a sweep while teammate Concepcion Flores led her team's sweep in the 3,200 with a time of 12:25.6.

For Hart, Liz Sulaiman tripled with wins in the 100 (12.8), 200 (27.5) and long jump (17-3 1/2). Her teammate Jennifer Roldan won both the shot put (33-4) and discus (91-0).


West Ranch 79, Valencia 57

The well-balanced West Ranch girls team completed a sweep for the team on Thursday at Valencia High School.

West Ranch is now 3-1 in league competition and it could force a split Foothill crown with a win over Golden Valley next week.

The Valencia girls are now 1-3.

Marisa Magsarili recorded victories for West Ranch in the 800 (2:17.60) and 1,600 (5:09.28).

Also for the Wildcats, Adaugo Oguejifor led a sweep in the 200 in 26.25 and another sweep in the 100 hurdles in 15.79.

Valencia’s Briana Pica won the pole vault in 10-9.

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