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Foothill track and field: Saugus boys edge Vikes

Centurions pull out narrow victory, while girls team also wins

Posted: April 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Saugus’ Quentin Hendrix, center, competes in the 100-meter dash in a meet against Valencia on Thursday at Saugus High School. The boys tied 68-68 and the Saugus girls won 80-56.

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As dominant as the Saugus track and field team has been at home the past few years, the Valencia boys felt they had a shot to upset the Centurions.

In the end, no one was upset on Saugus' side.

While the boys' score was initially determined to be a tie at 68-68, a late scoring discrepancy agreed upon by both teams led to the Saugus boys winning 70-66 on Thursday at Saugus High School, while the Saugus girls beat Valencia 80-56.

“We hoped to pull it off in boys,” said Valencia head coach Jeff Gilkey. “We thought we had a chance.”

The standout boys performer of the day might have been Saugus sprinter Quentin Hendrix, who won the 100-meter dash in 11.33 seconds, the 200 in 22.74 seconds and the long jump at 20 feet, 10 1/2 inches.

It was cold and blustery at Saugus, and most of the marks were affected.

“It was pretty tough,” Hendrix said. “I just adjusted. We heard they had fast runners, so we just worked hard through practice.”

Saugus had three more double winners, including Rodrigo Ornelas, Kyle Mears and Denley Rodriguez. Ornelas won the 1,600 in 4:32.80 and the 3,200 in 10:14.06, while Mears swept the hurdles with times of 16.75 seconds in the 110 hurdles and 43.63 seconds in the 300 hurdles.

Rodriguez won the discus with a mark of 158 feet and the shot put at 50-3 1/2. Cameron Engle also boosted Saugus’ depth with a victory in the triple jump at 41-11 and second-place finishes in the 110 hurdles and high jump.

Valencia won both relays, with the 4x100 team recording a time of 44.06 seconds and the 4x400 team winning in 3:29.82. On the track, Clint Gingrich won the 400 in 50.72 seconds and Calvin Olbes won the 800 in 2:00.23.

In the field, Dylan Mullaley cleared 6-2 to win the high jump, Ryan Carrillo won the pole vault at 12 feet and Austin James went 41-0 1/3 to win the triple jump.

The Saugus girls had a more comfortable afternoon, although Valencia still put up a fight. The Centurions earned 23 of the 27 available points in the distance races, with Karis Frankian winning the 1,600 in 5:11.95 and the 3,200 in 11:09.21, and Sabrina Janes winning the 800 in 2:20.84.

Angie Weiner swept the shot put and discus with marks of 34-4 and 91-2, respectively, while Danielle Zirbel went 15-2 1/2 to win the long jump.

“We had a good all-around day,” said Saugus head coach John McKenzie.

Saugus had two other victories, including Rachel Eaton clearing 5-2 to win the high jump and Chelsea Alpern winning the 300 hurdles in 49.62 seconds.

Valencia won both relays with times of 49.73 seconds in the 4x100 and 4:07.95 in the 4x400. Briana Pica set a sophomore-class school record by clearing 10 feet to win the pole vault, and Jenn Anumba won the triple jump by going 32-8.

The Vikings scored 18 points in the sprints, with Sandra Ikeora winning the 100 in 13.02 seconds and Chanel Rogers edging Vincej in the 400 in 58.11 seconds. Courtney Adler ran the 100 hurdles in 17.42 seconds to win as well.
Eaton also had second-place finishes in the triple jump and long jump.

Through three league meets, the Saugus girls are now 2-1 and have a chance to share the league title with Golden Valley if the Grizzlies slip up. The Saugus boys are now 0-2-1, while the Valencia girls are 1-2 and the boys are 1-1-1.

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