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Cowboys post complete win

Canyon races to pair of victories

Posted: April 30, 2009 10:23 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Aly Drake competes in the 400-meter run Thursday at Canyon High. The Cowboys girls team beat Valencia 73-63, while the Canyon boys won 99-37.

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Canyon knew it was going to get solid contributions from its field events Thursday.

All the Cowboys needed were similar efforts on the track — and the track athletes came through.

Hayley Parkinson delivered a stellar final leg of the 3,200-meter run and the girls team defeated Valencia 73-63, and the Canyon boys won 12 total events in earning a 99-37 victory under the lights at Canyon High School.

The Canyon girls (6-1, 4-1) won all six field events, while the boys (5-2, 4-1) won everything but the pole vault.

“Canyon’s got great depth,” said Valencia head coach Pat Connelly. “Give them credit. We’re trying to get our depth up. We just can’t give up points there. Those are weak areas where we need to build our experience.”

Parkinson powered her way to first place in the 3,200 on the last lap. She trailed Valencia’s Laura Bloom — who has a reputation for being a strong finisher — by a couple paces entering the last lap, but turned on the jets early to finish with a time of 11 minutes, 27.80 seconds.

“That girl is pretty courageous,” said Canyon coach Paul Broneer. “Bloom’s got a good kick and Hayley overpowers people. The way to beat good kickers is to overpower them by pushing earlier, and she knew that.”

Taylor Thomas swept the hurdle events with times of 15.3 seconds in the 100 hurdles and 48.1 seconds in the 300 hurdles, but the Valencia girls (4-2, 3-2) dominated the rest of the track events.

Aly Drake won both the 400 in 57.6 seconds and the 800 in 2:19. Faith Anumba ran the 100 in 12.8 seconds to take first, while Jasmine Hall won the 200 with a time of 25.6 and Sarah Adams won the 1,600 in 5:27.

Valencia subbed four minutes in the 4x400 relay by winning in 3:58.90, and the Vikings also won the 4x100 in 49.40 seconds.

Canyon made up those points in the field, where Tiffini Stone swept the triple jump (31 feet, 7 inches) and the long jump (16-9) and Courtney Saunders swept the discus (120-3 1/2) and the shot put (38-1).

Layana White cleared 5-2 to win the high jump, and Gillian Lopez cleared 9-6 to win the pole vault.

“Those kids work hard every day,” Broneer said. “With all the technique work they do, they work together. I’m really lucky because I have 13 coaches now and they help the kids get better.”

Harrison Hall won the triple jump with a leap of 43-0 and the long jump at 21-2 1/2 to lead the Canyon boys, while Cody Moore cleared 6-2 to win the high jump. Ricky Bergeron won the discus with a toss of 138-9 1/2 and Dylan Kawaa lobbed the shot put 44-9 to take first.

Valencia’s Brooks Walsh cleared 12-0 to win the pole vault, while Zach Tartabull won the 200 in 22.3 seconds and Falco DiGallionardo won the 1,600 in 4:32.10. The Viking boys (1-5, 0-5) also won the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:30.70.

Canyon got a balanced effort in the rest of the track events. Darius Rudolph won the 100 in 11.2 seconds, Chris Rivas won the 400 in 50.1 seconds and Kenneth Moreno won the 800 in 2:02.40.

Anthony Pizzo took first in the 3,200 with a time of 9:57.6, and Jeff Curtis won the 110 hurdles in 16.3 seconds. Andre Beets won the 300 hurdles in 43.5 seconds.

Both teams will now prepare for the Foothill League prelims, which take place next Tuesday at Canyon High School.

“I feel really good about league,” Connelly said. “I juggled our lineup a bit. I wanted to put them in the most confident position heading into league.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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