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Saugus keeps pace at state track finals

Posted: June 1, 2008 1:38 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 

NORWALK - In any other race, Saugus freshman Kaylin Mahoney's finish in the 3,200-meter run might have set the pace for the rest of the field.

Then again, she probably did not run against the same record-breaking competition that she was up against at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College on Saturday.

It is rare to have one runner break a state record at the state championships, but both of the runners who finished ahead of Mahoney broke the girls' 3,200-meter state record.

Mission Prep's Jordan Hasey will be the only person listed as breaking a 12-year state record, finishing the 3,200 run in 9 minutes 52.13 seconds. The previous state record, set on June 1, 1996, was 9 minutes 52.80 seconds by Kim Mortensen of Thousand Oaks.

Mahoney, the first runner to cross the time behind the two record-setters, finished with a mark of 10 minutes 25.40 seconds.

Davis senior Laurynne Chetelat, whose time was also better than Mortensen's 1996 record, finished second with a mark of 9 minutes 52.51 seconds.

With the third-place finish, Mahoney earned six points for Saugus.

While Mahoney settled for third place in the 3,200-meter run, her teammate Heather Snyder did not fair so well in the girls' discuss throw. Snyder finished eighth in the event, with a throw of 136 feet, 5 inches. Shafter's Anna Jelmini finished first in the event with a throw of 169 feet, 4 inches.

In the boys' discuss throw, junior Daniel Swarbrick placed fifth with a toss of 181 feet, 8 inches, earning two points for Saugus.

As a team, Saugus placed 26th in the girls' team ranking (six points) and 48th in the boys' team rankings (two points). Long Beach Poly finished first in the girls' team rankings (39 points) and second in the boys' team rankings (32 points). Compton Dominguez was first in the boys' team rankings with 36 points.

The lone representative from Hart, senior Jimmy Kelley, did not score any points for the Indians, as he finished 21st in the boys' 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes 24.80 seconds.

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