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Both teams lay claim to Foothill League titles

Posted: April 29, 2009 10:21 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Saugus track and field head coach Christian Standley stood in the Hart High School infield, soaking wet after getting a water cooler bath from members of his boys team.

It may have been a ridiculous sight, but there was nothing ridiculous about what it meant.

“This is definitely my proudest moment as coach,” Standley said.

The Saugus boys defeated Hart 102-35 to claim their first league championship since 1986 – when the Centurions competed in the Golden League – and the girls won 107-29 for their fourth consecutive Foothill League title.

Did Standley envision an undefeated season at the beginning of the year?

“Honestly, I did,” he said. “No disrespect to the other teams, but I would have been disappointed with anything less than two championships.”

A year ago, the Saugus boys faced Hart with a chance to win the league title but lost to the experienced Indians.

This time, the Centurions wrapped up their title emphatically.

Saugus (6-0, 5-0) won all but three events and had four multiple-winners. Sprinter Josh Coefield won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.72 seconds and the 200 with a time of 22.25. He also won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 3/4 inches.

Brandon Jauregui held off Hart’s Sam Peckham by 0.38 seconds to win the 1,600 at 4 minutes, 29.18 seconds, and he won the 3,200 in 10:00.94. Shahan Khalighi swept the hurdles with a time of 15.15 in the 110 high hurdles and 40.97 in the 300 hurdles.

Daniel Swarbrick continued to dominate league opposition by winning the discus with a toss of 161-6, and the shot put with a throw of 59-11 3/4.

“The guys team was close last year,” Standley said. “The guys knew the season’s a long haul and that they had to take it meet by meet.”

Tim George won the triple jump by leaping 40-2 1/2, while Landon Shaw cleared 13-6 to win the pole vault. The Centurions also scored victories in the 4x100-meter relay and the high jump.

Hart’s Demitri Diamond ran the 400 in 51.75 to win the event, and Anthony Soto ran the 800 in 2:02.38 for another victory. The Indians (1-6, 1-4) won the 4x400 relay as well.

Hart head coach Larry David noted that it was important for his team to be focused heading into league prelims.

“We pretty much had that in mind,” he said. “We had the kids run a particular race, stay healthy and focus on next week.”

The Saugus girls (6-0, 5-0) stayed on top of the league by winning all but three events. Amber Wright won the 100 with a time of 12.31 and the 200 at 25.84.

Alex Ecsedy swept the throws, winning the discus with a toss of 99-7 1/2 and the shot put with a mark
of 38-0.

The Centurions demonstrated balance all day, with Alex Hampton winning the 400 in 59.62 and Stephanie Bulder winning the 800 in 2:23.38.

Annie Randall claimed the 1,600 in 5:09.03, and Kaylin Mahoney won the 3,200 in 11:38.35. Ashley Kramer won the 300 hurdles in 48.12, while the Centurions also scored victories in the high jump and triple jump.

“Coach (Rene) Paragas and I had a few sleepless nights,” Standley said of the girls’ Foothill League race. “Valencia and Canyon are extremely talented. The girls are experienced and know how to win.”

Ariel Hauck won two events for the Hart girls (2-5, 0-5), including the 100 hurdles in 16 seconds flat and the long jump with a leap of 16-1. The Indians also won the pole vault.

“I’m happy with our girls’ progression,” David said. “We’ve got girls in every event and we’ve been competitive in a lot of meets.”

Both squads will now gear up for Foothill League prelims, which will take place Tuesday at Canyon High School.


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