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Foothill League track and field: Clean break

Golden Valley closes first half of season strongly

Posted: March 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley runner Imani Dixon, center, sprints to a victory in the 100-meter dash on Thursday at Golden Valley High.

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Golden Valley track and field knows the importance of sustaining momentum over spring break.

“Spring break defines the last half of track,” said co-head coach Chris Evans.

The Grizzlies finished the first half in dominating fashion.

A week after ending Saugus’ 24-meet unbeaten streak in the Foothill League, the Golden Valley girls beat West Ranch 91-45 on Thursday at Golden Valley High School, while the boys team defeated the Wildcats 86-50.

Heading into spring break, both teams are 3-0 overall and 2-0 in league competition.

“Being humble is important,” said Grizzlies sprinter Imani Dixon. “There’s always going to be somebody better than you, so you’ve got to run your hardest.”

Dixon won the 100-meter dash in 12.64 seconds and the 200 in 25.9 seconds, while Caitlyn Zindroski won the 100 hurdles in 16.4 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 50.73 seconds.

A pair of school records fell when Courtney Maduike won the shot put with a mark of 33 feet, 6 inches and Vanessa Brist won the triple jump at 34-5 3/4.

Just five days after running the 1,600 in less than five minutes at the Meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific, Chelsey Totten won the mile in 5:14.76. Teammate Abby Buckhoff won the 3,200 in 11:48.45, Emerald Mack won the high jump by clearing 4-10, Crystal Orellana leapt 16-5 5/8 to win the long jump and the 4x100 team won in 50.27 seconds.

West Ranch’s Ashley Welker, who reached the state meet in the 800 last season, won that event in a season-best 2:17.78, and she also won the 400 in 59.74 seconds. Welker was also part of the winning 4x400 team that ran the race in 4:10.6.

Also for the Wildcats, Madison Moore won the discus at 98-10 and Taylor Melser cleared 8 feet to win the pole vault.

As for the Golden Valley boys, Evans said they looked better than last week, even while beating Saugus.

“We lost some of the rust,” he said. “They came and did their job. We can see the progress.”

Kristian Martinez won the 800 in 1:56.91 and the 3,200 in 9:44.07, and Connor Zindroski won the 110 hurdles in 15.9 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 40.93 seconds.

Patrick Giles won the 400 in 51.14 seconds and Carlos Lopez won the 1,600 in 4:28.54, and in the field, Jonathan Tolentino went 44-4 1/4 to win the triple jump, Josef Lucien leapt 21-2 1/2 to win the long jump and Gurunath Nesarajah cleared 9-6 to win the pole vault.

West Ranch thrower Nick Bultman dominated both the discus and shot put. His discus mark of 153-5 3/4 was almost 14 feet better than the runner-up, while his shot put mark of 54-7 was the best by almost 9 feet.

West Ranch’s Max Cawley and Saheed Alabi tied for first in the high jump with both clearing 5-10, while Alabi also won the 200 in 22.94 seconds. Zahr Lyttle won the 100 in 11.46 seconds, and the Wildcats won both relays, with the 4x100 team taking advantage of a Golden Valley disqualification to run the race in 44.17 seconds and the 4x400 team finishing in 3:31.90.

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