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Prep track and field: Canyon, GV impress at SCV Invitational

Local teams set records, take down several medals at Canyon High’s annual competition

Posted: March 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Meet records fell and plenty of medals were handed out to both Canyon and Golden Valley track and field athletes on Saturday in the Santa Clarita Valley Track Invitational.

More than anything though, it was a chance for the schools to get an early-season tune-up.

“It’s all about the individual performances,” said Canyon head coach Paul Broneer.

Fourteen schools showed up for the annual event at Canyon High School, and the locals fared well against the competition.
Canyon set five varsity meet records on the day, including two individual marks from Tiffini Stone.

She beat the record in the long jump with a winning distance of 17 feet, 6 inches and she set the new mark in the triple jump at 36 feet, 3 inches.

Not bad for someone who just wrapped up her season with the school’s varsity basketball team a week earlier.

“She hasn’t run farther than (the distance of a basketball court,” Broneer said of Stone. “So basically on no training at all, she came out and set two meet records.”

Stone also ran a leg for Canyon’s record-breaking 1,600-meter sprint medley time of 4 minutes, 19.72 seconds, joining Erica Anunwah, Taylor Thomas and Kendall Bietsch in the victory.

Thomas set an individual meet record in the 100 hurdles in 14.84 and Canyon’s final record of the day was set by Robert Wolfe in the boys pole vault, where he leapt 13-10.

Golden Valley did the majority of its damage in the distance relays, setting records in the 4x1,600 race with a time of 18:35.64 and the 4x800 relay in 8:04.55.

The Grizzlies also swept the top three sports in the boys long jump with Alidre Walker winning at 19-09.25, edging out Eric Olila at 19-09.00. Josef Lucien came in third with a mark of 18-11.00.

Golden Valley also won in the girls 4x800 relay with a time of 10:08.66.

Since there was no team scoring in the event, teams were free to let any athlete compete at any level.

Broneer said it provided an opportunity for some of the school’s multi-sport athletes to give track and field a shot.

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