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Around the SCV: Saugus track coach to step down

Standley leaving after a successful run with program

Posted: May 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

When he first took over the Saugus High track and field program in 2001, Christian Standley said the goal was simply “to not be terrible.”

After his girls team finished second at Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division II finals, Standley had to temper his disappointment over not finishing first.

That’s how much Saugus has changed during his 11 seasons.

Now, he’s decided his 11th season will be his last.

Standley recently informed the Saugus High School athletic department that he intends to step down as head track and field coach following this season.

“I still enjoy the competition, but both of my kids will be in elementary school starting next year, so I really want to spend time with them,” said Standley, who works as a Spanish teacher at Saugus. “I really enjoy being around the team, but the bottom line remains that these are other people’s kids, not my kids.”

He added that his wife will be returning to work full-time next year, which factored into his decision to free up his schedule.

Centurions distance coach Rene Paragas, who also runs the cross country program, will keep the same position with the team but not take over as head coach.

Standley has led the Saugus girls to six straight Foothill League championships and the 2010 CIF-Southern Section Division II title, the first girls team championship of any kind in the history of the Santa Clarita Valley. The team’s current three-year run, which includes the CIF title and runner-up finishes in 2009 and this season, is one of the most successful in valley history.

He also broke a 23-year drought when he led the Saugus boys to the Foothill League title in 2009, their first league title since winning the Golden League in 1986.

Under the guidance of Standley and his coaching staff, seven different Saugus athletes have won a total of 13 individual CIF-Southern Section championships.

Both the boys and girls teams are poised to be competitive once again next year, meaning Standley isn’t leaving the program with the cupboard bare.

“Like I’ve said before, every year’s a challenge,” he said. “The kids have those high expectations.”


Indians striker headed to TMC

Four-year varsity player Katie Trevino will be playing soccer for The Master’s College this fall.

The former Hart forward, who led the Foothill League with 15 goals scored this season, had offers from other schools, but ultimately settled on TMC for its size and environment.

“I think she was just looking for a smaller Christian environment and I think we provide that for her,” said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis. “And I think she has the opportunity to come in and become an impact player right off the bat.”

It wouldn’t be much different from high school, where Trevino immediately contributed to the Indians beginning her freshman year. She made herself known even more when she scored 19 goals during her sophomore season, then followed that performance with 14 last year.

Her scoring abilities are exactly what Lewis was looking for in a future member of the Mustangs.

“She’s just an all-natural forward, so losing (TMC senior forward) Emily Bruton, scoring 18 goals and a (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) All-American, we need someone that can come in and put the ball in the back of the net,” Lewis said.

Trevino also had interest from Cal State Northridge before making her final decision.


Local acrobat wins national title

After being dubbed an All-American athlete, 2008 Hart High School graduate Chelsea White won a national championship with the University of Oregon Acrobatics and Tumbling team.

White was one of nine athletes to earn All-America status this year by the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association, according to the release.

The Oregon junior was honored during the team’s annual awards banquet on April 6, which was just three days before she helped the Ducks claim a NCATA title in a 283.481-283.352 win over the University of Maryland at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.

Maryland came into the meet ranked No. 1 in the NCATA poll and Oregon was considered the No. 2 favorite to win the title during the preseason.

The Ducks finished with an 8-1 record, which was aided by White’s nation-leading numbers in four different events throughout the season.

The former Hart cheerleader led in compulsories (39.79), stunt (29.54), basket toss (29.42) and tumbling (55.08).

White took part in another national championship in 2008 with Hart’s competitive cheer team. She also participated in gymnastics while attending Biola University and College of the Canyons before transferring to Oregon last fall.

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