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Prep Track and Field: Dominant day for locals

Meet records fall, Foothill teams prevail at SCV Invite

Posted: March 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
West Ranch’s Taylor Welker, left, takes the baton from Samantha Phillips in the 4x1600-meter relay Saturday at Canyon High. West Ranch’s Taylor Welker, left, takes the baton from Samantha Phillips in the 4x1600-meter relay Saturday at Canyon High.
West Ranch’s Taylor Welker, left, takes the baton from Samantha Phillips in the 4x1600-meter relay Saturday at Canyon High.

It’s far too early to start speculating about league titles and CIF competitions, but based on Saturday’s track and field meet, the Foothill League has plenty of capable athletes.

A good portion of the athletes represented Canyon in the Santa Clarita Valley Track Invitational at Canyon High, which also featured West Ranch and Golden Valley.

The three teams dominated the 13-team meet in their season openers, winning nearly every varsity event and setting a handful of meet records.

Canyon did most of its damage in the running events, setting a meet record in the 4x1600-meter relay with a time of 18 minutes, 44.68 seconds. The team was comprised of Sam Willis, Michael Glasgow, Jacob Bacerra and Steven Dreger.

The Cowboys also swept the top three spots in the 100-meter dash, with Kenny Stone’s time of 11.27 winning, followed by teammates Darius Rudolph (11.32) and Max Archuleta (11.50).

Those three along with Kevin Enge also won the 4x100 relay in 43.49.

“(CIF) Southern Section titles are won by teams that have what we have right now, which is a good set of sprinters,” said Canyon head coach Paul Broneer.

Also recording a meet record was Golden Valley’s distance medley team of Juan David Garcia, Patrick Giles, Kristian Martinez and Nolan DelValle, which finished in 10:47.17.

The Grizzlies did their own version of a three-man sweep in the triple jump.

Josef Lucien won it with a leap of 41 feet, 6 inches, while Shawn Shannon took second (40-0) and Connor Zindroski rounded out the top three (39-4.5).

On the girls side, Golden Valley won the 4x200 relay by finishing in 1:47. Caitlyn Zindroski, Skylin Harbin, Jasmine Isiguzo and Imani Dixon participated.

“It was a great way to start the season for us,” said Golden Valley head coach Rob Evans. “We had some great times, and it shows us we have a great season ahead of us.”

Evans noted that one of his teams’ more impressive times of the day was one that only earned second place behind West Ranch in the girls distance medley. West Ranch’s time of 12:44.8 was another meet-best, and that was followed by Golden Valley’s 12:51.49.

Given the Wildcats’ tradition in the event, Evans was happy to see such close race.

“It’s so competitive this year,” he said. “That really is going to be the difference. The team that’s going to win the league is going to be the team that shows up on meet day every week ready to compete.”

For West Ranch, Bree Braucher won both the shot put (38-2) and the discus (104-8.5).

The girls relay teams for the Wildcats took the crown in the 4x1600 with a time of 35:46.53 and the 4x800 after finishing in 10:09.15.

It was a Canyon athlete that took down the final meet record of the day when Stevie Kennedy Gold pole vaulted 10-06.

Taylor Thomas also won the 100 hurdles for the third straight year at the SCV Invitational, finishing in 15.91.

“I’m really pleased with our kids’ performance and I’m really pleased with the turnout,” Broneer said. “All 13 teams that competed brought a good amount of athletes.”

The Cowboys also took the top three spots in the boys long jump.

Stone won it with a distance of 20-4.5 and Enge (20-3.5) and Josh Roper (20-1) trailed.

“It’s exciting and its fun to be in a league this deep because it just raises the level of competition and it raises the level of our athletes,” Evans said.


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