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Saugus, Canyon track and field both sweep meets

Posted: May 1, 2014 10:33 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 10:33 p.m.

Saugus' Ashley Heys wins the girls 1,600-meter race against Hart at Saugus High School on Thursday.

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Saugus track and field hasn’t been at its best or healthiest all season.

But the Centurions keep doing just enough to plant themselves among the top of the Foothill League in both boys and girls.

Saugus swept Hart on Thursday at Saugus High School in the final league meet of the year, winning 73-63 on the boys side and 104.5-30.5 in girls.

The more intriguing matchup was between the two boys teams, which both came into the day among four teams in league tied for second place.

When all is said and done, the Saugus boys ended up at 3-2 and tied with West Ranch for second place in Foothill after the Canyon boys clinched a league championship last week.

After Thursday’s loss, the Hart boys fall to 2-3 and tied with Valencia for fourth place.

The Saugus girls also finished second in league with a 4-1 record while the Hart girls ended up last place at 0-5.

In the boys competition, Saugus was carried by another strong showing in the long-distance races.

Brian Zabilski won the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 22.8 seconds and the 3,200 in 9:41.08 seconds for the Centurions. His teammate Alex Pearson won the 800 and helped Saugus win the 4x400 relay in a season-best time of 3:26.99.

Timmy Kahovec also ran a leg for that 4x400 team and he helped the 4x100 team win as well in 44.53.

Also for Saugus, Matt Pratchard led a sweep in shot put with a toss of 44-5 and Austin Jacobo helped Saugus sweep the discus with a winning mark of 125-9

“Honestly they got us on the field events because Saugus swept shot put and discus,” said Hart head coach Gio Guzman. “That’s what made the difference there.”

Hart’s Matt Nali won the 110 and 300 hurdles in 15.87 and 40.02, respectively.

The Saugus girls were led by sprinter Avery Schulhofer, who won the 100 (12.44), 200 (26.30) and helped the winning 4x100 relay team (49.91).

Ashley Heys was victorious in the 1,600 (5:18) and 3,200 (11:48) and Katie O’Brien won the shot (36-5 1/2) and disc (112-6) for Saugus.

Hart freshman Bailey Pate won the 800 in 2:24.4.


Golden Valley 72, West Ranch 64

The Golden Valley girls edged West Ranch to secure a second straight outright league title on Thursday at Golden Valley High.

The victory puts the Golden Valley girls at 5-0 to finish the regular season and West Ranch falls to 3-2.

“The girls were stoked to stay the least,” said Golden Valley head coach John Quam. “They put the hard work in, have pushed themselves all year long and I’m proud of them.”

As she has all season long, Golden Valley’s Azaria Hill won the 100 (12.4), the 200 (25.66) and aided the 4x100 team to a winning time of 49.45. Also running for that relay team was Crystal Orellana, Jada Selexman and Bianca Tinoco.

Selexman added a victory of her own in the 400 (59.84) and Orellana won the triple jump with a leap of 33-feet even.

Samiyah Hawkins threw a 132-11 in the discus, which was more than 10 feet better than her previous lifetime best.

West Ranch’s Adaugo Oguejifor won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.79 and the long jump in 16-1 1/2.

Canyon 91, Valencia 45

The Canyon girls won their second straight league meet to finish the season 2-3 while Valencia ended up 1-4.

Canyon’s Marisa Heyer won the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles and Mari Kneisel won the long jump in 15-10 1/2 and ran a leg for the winning 4x100 team in 50.8.

Valencia’s Olivia Cantu won the 200 in 27.3 and Briana Pica won the pole vault in 10-6.


West Ranch 97.5, Golden Valley 38.5

The West Ranch boys won 12 out of 16 events to clinch their first league winning season in school history, finishing at 3-2 and tied for second place.

The Golden Valley boys ended at 0-5.

West Ranch’s Max Cawley leapt 44-8 1/2 to win the triple jump and he also claimed victory in the high jump (5-10).

Also for West Ranch, Nathan Bultman threw 57-11 3/4 to win the shot put and 166-9 to win the discus.

Logan Cantrell pole vaulted a winning mark of 13-0 for West Ranch.

For Golden Valley, Jake Ortiz won the 200 in 22.85, the 400 in 51.03 and he helped the 4x100 relay team win in 44.15.

Canyon 99, Valencia 37

For the fifth straight league meet, Canyon dominated. As a result Canyon finished 5-0 in Foothill while Valencia comes in at 2-3.

Jeremy Kimmer reached a school-record 14-8 in the pole vault for Canyon.

Steven Childs won the long jump, triple jump and helped the 4x100 relay team win.

Cole Mears also ran for the winning relay team while also winning the 100 and co-winning the 200 along with Valencia’s Nick Jones.

The race was ruled a tie at 22.92 due to a photo finish.

Also for Canyon, Jason Hillquist won the 800 and 1,600 while teammate Shane Stach won the 110 and 300 hurdles events.


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