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The stage is set for Friday afternoon’s Foothill League track and field finals

Posted: May 5, 2009 9:34 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The stage has been set for the 2009 Foothill League track finals.

The usual suspects headlined the day on the boys side at the Foothill League prelims Tuesday at Canyon High School, while the Valencia and Saugus girls flexed their muscles on the track.

Saugus’ Josh Coefield earned the top time in the 100-meter dash at 11.35 seconds and the 200 at 22.82.

Other qualifiers in the 100 include Canyon’s Shane Habberstad, Cody Moore and Darius Rudolph, Valencia’s Jabari Howard and Brock Vereen, and West Ranch’s Ross Bacon and Cody Cox. The top eight times advance to Friday’s league finals.

In the 200, Coefield and Bacon will be joined by Valencia’s Zach Tartabull and Darrol Mitchell, West Ranch’s Evan Stevens, Canyon’s Chris Rivas, Saugus’ Jawhar Purdy, and Hart’s Dimitri Diamond.

Given the format of the league prelims, which often provides a couple of hours between races, Diamond noted it is a big change from the regimented event order of the regular season.

“It’s going to bring out who’s prepared physically and mentally,” he said. “It’s a long meet. You definitely have to be at the top of your physical game.”

Diamond also qualified for the 400 finals, and the preliminary was won by Valencia’s Malcolm Flowers at 51.09 seconds. Rivas also made the finals, along with Golden Valley’s Corey Chaison and Enock Aduo, Saugus’ Tim George, West Ranch’s Nick Brooks and Valencia’s Ben Beilin.

Hart’s Anthony Soto ran the 800 in 1 minute, 58.62 seconds to finish first, while teammate Mike Hammer was second at 2:01.91. Canyon’s Kenneth Moreno and Nathaniel Taylor also qualified in the event, along with Valencia’s Falco Digiallonardo, Saugus’ Brandon Jauregui, Golden Valley’s Gabe Vazquez and West Ranch’s Michael Sittler.

Canyon’s Anthony Pizzo earned the top qualifying time in the 1,600-meter run at 4:32.57, and Digiallonardo finished second. Other qualifiers included Golden Valley’s Seth Totten and Luc Schutz, Hart’s Sam Peckham, Canyon’s Michel Noris, Valencia’s Andrew Berumen, and West Ranch’s Jack Carey.

Golden Valley’s Dylan Olson and West Ranch’s Matt Harmon traded the top two spots in the hurdles, with Harmon winning the 110 hurdles at 15.31 seconds and Olson taking the 300 hurdles at 40.73.

Saugus’ Cameron Penta and Shahan Khalighi were third and fourth, respectively, in both events, while West Ranch’s Jay Clark also qualified for each hurdles event. Canyon’s Jeffrey Curtis, Hart’s Ted Glasnow and West Ranch’s Kristopher Espiritu will also run in the 110 finals, while Habberstad, Golden Valley’s Michael Bryce and Hart’s Taylor Johnson will run the 300 finals.

Personal bests were few and far between at the track on Tuesday, given the windy conditions at Canyon.

But Bacon said it wasn’t a factor.

“It’s windy, but you’re not really thinking about it during the race,” he said.

On the girls side, Saugus’ Jamie Molacek and Amber Wright earned the top two spots in the 100, with times of 12.86 and 13.21 seconds, respectively. Valencia’s Faith Anumba was third, and joining her in the finals will be teammate Jessica Criner, Golden Valley’s Simone Isguizo, Hart’s Kelsey Steck, and the West Ranch duo of Courtney Thornton and Ceora Beijer.

Valencia’s Jasmine Hall won the 200 in 26.62 seconds, and other qualifiers include Wright and Molacek, Saugus teammate Jenna Vincej, Canyon’s Adriana Dent and Keeli Howard, West Ranch’s Kylie Long and Golden Valley’s Lauren Hackney.

Saugus’ Alex Hampton ran the 400 in 58.12 for the day’s top time, and Hackney, Long, Vincej, and Howard will join her in the finals, along with Golden Valley’s Emerald Mack and Reesiel De La Merced and Valencia’s Amanda Jenkins.

Valencia’s Aly Drake dominated the 800, posting a winning time of 2:13.80, five seconds better than teammate Linnea Herren, who was second. Other qualifiers include West Ranch’s Bailey Miller and Ashley Welker, Saugus’ Danielle Hernando and Keri Molt, Canyon’s Jessica Gatton and Hart’s Allison Carivau.
Saugus obliterated the competition in the 1,600, taking all but one spot in the league finals. West Ranch’s Jennifer Owen finished second to represent the only non-Centurion, while Anne Randall won the event in 5:03.97. Joining her in the finals are Hernando, Kaylin Mahoney, Karis Frankian, Stephanie Bulder, Brianna Jauregui, and Courtney Wilson.
Canyon’s Taylor Thomas ran the 100 hurdles in 15.61 for the top time, while Hart’s Katie Trevino, Ariel Hauck and Kathryn Potter will join her in the finals, along with Saugus’ Ashley Kramer, Brenda Ayala and Vivien Flores, and Valencia’s Jasmine Perkins.
Kramer won the 300 hurdles in 48.44, and will be joined in the finals by Thomas, Trevino, Perkins, Ayala, Hauck, Potter, and West Ranch’s Marissa Yabko.
The Foothill League finals for field events, the 3,200 races and the relays will be on Friday.
jgulino@the-signal.com

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