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CIF track and field: League’s top on display

Canyon, G.V. lead Foothill pack at CIF-SS Div. II prelims

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

Brett Molster of Canyon High clears 6 feet, 4 inches at CIF Southern Section Division II Prelims at Moorpark High on Saturday. Finals will be held May 19.

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MOORPARK — Canyon and Golden Valley both finished at or near the top of the Foothill League in both boys and girls track and field.

The two teams combined to advance 14 total athletes at Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division II prelims at Moorpark High School, led by Canyon’s Taylor Thomas and Tiffini Stone.

Saugus also had a pair of distance runners qualify for the finals in the 3,200-meter race. The CIF-SS Div. II finals will take place next Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.

Thomas qualified for the finals in three events, including the 100-meter hurdles, the 300 hurdles and as part of the 4x400 relay team. She ran the fastest overall time Saturday in the 100 hurdles at 14.47 seconds, and she was a heat winner and sixth overall in the 300 hurdles in 45.48 seconds.

She also joined Ahlexhys Hixon, Erica Anunwah and Kendall Bietsch on the 4x400 team that won its heat and finished third overall in 3 minutes, 58.87 seconds.

The top nine marks qualify for the CIF finals in the field events, while on the track, the heat winners automatically qualify for the finals, along with the next best times until nine total finalists are accumulated.

Stone will get two final shots at a first career CIF title. She recorded the top prelims mark in the triple jump at 37 feet, 9 1/2 inches and also went 17-10 in the long jump, good for fourth overall.

Also for Canyon, Brett Molster cleared 6-4 to advance to the finals in the high jump, while Robert Wolfe cleared 13-3 and was the final qualifier in the pole vault. Joel Estrada won his heat of the 800 in 1:57.55.

For Golden Valley, Kristian Martinez qualified for the finals in both the 800 (1:55.06, second overall) and the 1,600 (4:20.45). Chelsey Totten dominated her heat of the 1,600 and qualified in 4:53.95, and she joined Alex Fernandez, Jada Selexman and Imani Dixon to run the 4x400 in 3:58.84, good for second overall.

Juan David Garcia finished fifth overall in the 3,200 with a time of 9:22.03.

Saugus’ A.J. Yarnall and Karis Frankian qualified for the 3,200 finals. Frankian won her heat and was sixth overall in 10:47.79, while Yarnall had the sixth-fastest time in 9:23.41.

NOTES: Several other local athletes are the first or second alternates in their events. That means that if one of the top nine individuals or teams drops out, those alternates would replace them … Golden Valley’s Carlos Lopez is the first alternate in the 800 in 1:58.86, while Connor Zindroski is the first alternate in the 300 hurdles in 39.96 seconds … Canyon’s Madison Hills is the second alternate in the 800 in 2:18 flat, and the 4x400 team of Estrada, Molster, Dominic Pennucci and Devin Baldwin is the second alternate in 3:27.56 … Saugus’ Jenay Jauregui is the second alternate in the 3,200 in 11:02.10.



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