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Three championships earned

Centurions Mahoney, Swarbrick, Viking Drake win CIF-SS division titles

Posted: May 23, 2009 9:47 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Canyon's Tiffini Stone competes in the long jump at the CIF Track and Field Championships Saturday at Cerritos College. The freshman took third in the event with a jump of 17 feet, 9 3/4 inches.

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As the CIF-Southern Section Divisional track and field championships wound down, the Division II girls team race looked like a done deal.

Rio Mesa had 52 total points, 29 more than second place and 34 more than sixth-place Saugus.

But the Centurions still had the 3,200-meter run up their sleeve, and led by CIF-SS Div. II champion Kaylin Mahoney, they snagged 28 points in the event.

Rio Mesa would go on to accumulate 62 points and secure the Division II team title, but the Saugus girls finished second with 51 and gave Rio Mesa all it could handle.

“I’m proud of the girls,” said Saugus head coach Christian Standley. “I don’t feel any sense of a letdown. Runner-up in CIF? I’ll take it.”

Saugus also finished second in 1981, when it competed in Division 3-A.

Mahoney rebounded from a stress reaction in her foot at the beginning of the season to win with a time of 10 minutes, 38.91 seconds.

“To start the season way different from last year, I didnt think it would end like this,” Mahoney said.

Saugus Daniel Swarbrick also won a Division II title in discus with a throw of 178 feet, 8 inches. Swarbrick improved his mark from the prelims by more than four feet.

“I knew the things I did wrong last week,” Swarbrick said. “I knew how to fix them and that’s what I did.”

Saugus certainly wasn’t the only school celebrating.

Valencia’s Aly Drake capped a stellar senior season by winning the Division I girls 800-meter race with a strong kick over the final 100 meters.

Drake out-kicked defending state champion Neausha Logan of Long Beach Poly, and she also bested Poly’s Dynasty Gammage, who had the best mark coming into the race.

“I was definitely nervous going in,” Drake said. “But I just stayed with them. When I saw it was time I just kicked. I was surprised once I saw the clock but I’m glad I did it.”

In addition to the three CIF champions, the Foothill League had seven other medalists who finished in the top three of their event.

Saugus’ Stephanie Bulder was second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:54.14, and she pushed Mahoney to the limit in the 3,200 on the final lap, finishing just behind her at 10:38.94.

Fellow Centurion Karis Frankian was third at 10:44.35, while Anne Randall was fifth at 10:46.39.

The 3,200 awarded 10 points for first place, eight for second, six for third and four for fifth, giving Saugus its 28 total points.

Randall was also third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:55.24, and Swarbrick hurled the shot put 60-2 3/4 to finish third.

Canyon’s Tiffini Stone was third in the long jump with a leap of 17-9 3/4, and Courtney Saunders was third in the discus at 119-4.

West Ranch’s Jennifer Owen came up with a big performance in the Division I 1,600 race, finishing in 4:59.26 to take fourth place.

“It started fast,” Owen said. “I want to learn to stick with the other girls better.”

Her teammate, Matt Harmon, was sixth in the Division I 300 hurdles at 38.77 seconds, and Wildcat shot-putter Breeann Braucher was seventh in Division I at 38-5 3/4.

Hart’s lone representative was Ted Glasnow, who finished sixth in the Division II high jump at 6-1.

Golden Valley’s only finalist was also a high-jumper, and Tessy Sproul finished fifth in Division III by clearing 5-3.

Not bad for a senior who only started jumping this season.

“I just wanted to do my best and see where it took me,” Sproul said. “(It took me to) the CIF divisional championships.”

Valencia’s Jasmine Hall finished fifth in the Division I high jump by leaping 5-5, and Canyon’s Anthony Pizzo was fourth in the Division II 1,600 with a time of 9:16.21.

Saugus’ Brandon Jauregui finished eighth in the 1,600 at 9:47.78, while teammate Alex Ecsedy finished fifth in the girls Division II shot put with a toss of 38-6 1/2. The Saugus girls 4x400 relay team wound up fourth in Division II at 3:56.07.

Some local athletes qualified for next weekend’s Masters Meet, which will take place Friday at Cerritos College. The top 12 performances, regardless of division, qualify for the Masters Meet in the 800, 1,600, 3,200, and field events, while the top nine performances qualify in the rest of the events.

Bulder and Randall will take part in both the 1,600 and 3,200, and Mahoney and Frankian will join them in the 3,200.

Swarbrick qualified in both the discus and shot put, Drake qualified in the 800 and Hall qualified in the high jump.

Owen is the second alternate in the 1,600 should one of the top 12 competitors drop out, and Saunders is the second alternate in the discus.

jgulino@the-signal.com

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