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Saugus' midseason form

Posted: March 21, 2008 2:15 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Saugus pole vaulter Jamie Tripp clears the bar on Thursday at Saugus High in a duel meet against Valencia. She took third in the event.

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In its Foothill League opener, the Saugus High girls track and field team looked like it picked up right where it left off last season.

The defending co-league champions defeated Valencia 77-59 on Thursday at Saugus, with the Centurion boys completing the sweep by downing the Vikings 94-42.

"For the girls, we thought that this might be one of our toughest challenges," said Saugus head coach Christian Standley. "It's hard to have midseason mindset right off the bat."

The Saugus girls looked like they were in midseason form despite Valencia taking both relays and controlling much of the sprints. The Centurions had the upper hand outside of that.

Saugus' Katie Dunn took the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5 minutes, 16.37 seconds and the 3,200 in 11:13.83, while teammate Erin Ortega also won a pair of events.

Ortega won the long jump with a mark of 16 feet 1/2 and the triple jump in 31-4. She also placed third in the high jump at 4-6.

Heather Snyder captured both the shot put and discus for Saugus, throwing 37-4 and 125-5, respectively. Snyder beat her nearest competitor by more than 32 feet in the discus.

Jasmine Hall was a standout for Valencia, winning two events and placing second in two others.

"It's actually really exciting," Hall said. "When I got here, I thought I was going to be on JV for sure."

The freshman has quickly proved she could make an impact on the varsity. She won the 200 meters in 25.81 and was part of the winning 4x100 relay team. Her time of 12.52 in the 100 meters was good for second place, as she was edged out by teammate Kelly Deckers, who finished with a time of 12.50. Hall also placed second in the high jump with a mark of 4-10.

Hall had the tough task of going straight from her 200-meter event to the high jump, which she said might have affected her score.

"My legs were gone after the 200," she said. "I was still breathing hard when I got (to the high jump) too."

Aly Drake of Valencia took second in the 800 but set a school record in the event with a time of 2:20.19.

The Centurions boys cruised to an easy victory over Valencia.

One of the closest races of the day was between Baxter Frick of Saugus and Cody Massie of Valencia in the mile.

Massie made a late charge in the final stretch but came up just short. Frick won the race in 4:35.09, with Massie finishing in 4:35.12. Massie won the 800 in a time of 2:01.2 to lead a Vikings sweep of the event. Valencia also won both relays on the boys side.

Josh Coefield of Saugus posted a personal best in the 100 with a wind-aided time of 10.8, one of three events he won on the afternoon.

"Usually for me, the best times come at the end (of the season)," Coefield said. "Usually it would be league finals. It's good to run faster than last year early in the season."

The junior also won the 200 with a mark of 22.62, and he took the long jump at 20-5.

Centurion multi-sport athlete Mario Wright also won multiple events, taking the high jump in 6-2 and the 300 hurdles with a time of 42 seconds.

While both Saugus track teams now stand at 1-0 in Foothill competition, one of the biggest league meets of the year comes Thursday when the Centurions travel to Canyon High to take on the Cowboys.

The Canyon boys haven't lost a league dual meet in more than four years.

"For the boys, it was important to build our confidence going into the Canyon meet," Standley said. "Canyon has always been the class of the league. We can't take anything for granted."

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