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Saugus double dose

Cents clinch at least a share of league titles for boys and girls

Posted: April 23, 2009 9:36 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus runner Annie Randall comes to the wire as she wins the 3,200 Thursday at Saugus

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To celebrate senior day, the Saugus girls track and field team continued a tradition of success while the boys hope they established one.

The girls clinched a share of their fourth straight Foothill League title by defeating Golden Valley 102-34 and the boys clinched a share of their first league title since 1986 with an 83-53 victory.

Saugus’ 4x400 team of Nicole Penick, Amber Wright, Jenna Vincej and Alex Hampton ran the race in 4 minutes, 1.62 seconds, crushing the old school record by almost five seconds.

It was a perfect way to end Saugus’ final home meet of the season.

“You get so caught up in meets and training, it didn’t hit me until it was announced,” said Saugus head coach Christian Standley. “I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”

The girls team was bolstered by the efforts of senior Annie Randall, who won the 800 in a personal-best time of 4:57.83 and the 1,600 in 10:59.12 in her final home meet.

“It hasn’t hit me yet that this was the end,” she said. “I wanted to end with a bang and make everyone proud.”

Fellow senior Ashley Kramer won the 100 hurdles in 17 seconds flat and the 300 hurdles in 48.34, while senior Erin Ortega won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 7 1/2 inches.

Wright swept the 100 and 200 with times of 12.50 and 25.84 seconds, respectively, and Alex Ecsedy won the discus with a toss of 93-5 and the shot put with a throw of 37-10.

Senior Natalie Smith cleared 8-6 to win the pole vault.

Saugus also won the 4x100 relay with a time of 50 seconds flat, while Golden Valley’s Lauren Hackney won the 400 with a time of 58.88 seconds. Teammate Tessy Sproul cleared 5-2 to win the high jump and Kristine Tan leapt 32-1 1/4 to take the triple jump.

“We had a much better performance today than last week (against Canyon),” said Golden Valley co-head coach Chris Evans. “From all levels, the track events to the field events, we were much more competitive.”

Golden Valley’s Corey Chaisson ran the 400 in 51.44, eclipsing the old school record by almost 0.4 seconds.
He also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400, which the Grizzlies won.

“Corey really broke out today,” Evans said. “We all knew that race was in him.”

But the day belonged to the Centurion boys (5-0. 4-0). Senior Josh Coefield won the 100 in 11 seconds flat and the 200 in 22.62.
Senior Brandon Jauregui won the mile in 4:29.94, senior Tim George won the triple jump by leaping 40-8 3/4, and senior Daniel Swarbrick won the discus at 171-3 and the shot put at 56-4.

Alex Ruther won the 3,200 in 10:12.94 and Landon Shaw won the pole vault by clearing 13-6.
Golden Valley’s Dylan Olson swept the hurdle events, winning the 110 hurdles in 15 seconds flat and the 300 hurdles in 40.25.

The Grizzlies’ Gabe Vazquez won the 800 in 2:00.39, while Emmanuel Tolentino cleared 5-10 to take the high jump. Dillion Jones won the long jump with a leap of 20-5 3/4, and the 4x100 relay team kicked off the day with a victory in 45.81 seconds.

Both Saugus teams improve to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in league, while Golden Valley drops to 3-2-1 on the boys side and 3-3 on the girls side.

Saugus can clinch an outright league title for both teams with a win against Hart next week.

“This year’s girls class went through all four years and won a league championship every year,” Standley said. “That’s a standard of excellence that will be hard to top.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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