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Golden Valley track and field wins girls, boys league titles

G.V. girls get first league title; Canyon boys split boys title

Posted: April 25, 2013 10:24 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2013 10:24 p.m.
Golden Vallley's Jonathan Tolentino competes against Saugus High in the long jump at Saugus High on Thursday. Golden Vallley's Jonathan Tolentino competes against Saugus High in the long jump at Saugus High on Thursday.
Golden Vallley's Jonathan Tolentino competes against Saugus High in the long jump at Saugus High on Thursday.

Two undefeated Foothill League track and field teams. One winner-take-all meet.

The Golden Valley girls faced this situation last year and didn’t capitalize. Now, Golden Valley High School is arguably the capital of area track and field.

The girls won their first Foothill League title by beating Saugus 85-51 on Thursday, while the Golden Valley boys beat the Centurions 78-58 to clinch a share of their second straight league crown.

Canyon ran its streak of boys league titles to four, beating Hart 81-55 to clinch a share.

The Canyon girls also beat Hart 102-34, while the West Ranch boys beat Valencia 86-50 and the Valencia girls returned the favor with an 82-54 win.

The Golden Valley girls, who lost to Canyon on the final day of the 2012 regular season with a chance to win league, made sure history didn’t repeat itself with an excellent all-around effort. The Grizzlies won 11 events, with Courtney Maduike, Crystal Orellana, Azaria Hill and Imani Dixon leading the way.

Maduike won the shot put at 37 feet, 2 inches to lead a sweep in the event, and she also won the discus at 120 feet. Hill turned in a pair of fast times to win the 100 (12.02 seconds) and 200 (24.82), while Dixon won the 400 in 58.42 seconds and finished second in the 200 at 24.94 seconds.

Orellana won the long jump at 16-2 3/4 and the triple jump at 33-8, and Colleen Fleming led a sweep in the pole vault by clearing 8-6. Caitlyn Zindroski held off Saugus’ Jenna Mears to win the 100 hurdles by .07 seconds with a time of 16.74.

Saugus’ Samantha Ortega ran the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 2.39 seconds to win, while Rachel Eaton won both the triple and high jump.

James Chevious paced the Golden Valley boys with wins in the 200 (22.51) and 400 (49.51), while Jonathan Tolentino won the long jump at 19-4 and the triple jump at 43-11 1/4. Derek Darnell ran a 43.39 to win the 300 hurdles, Terry Tamura won the 100 in 11.38 seconds and Diontre Harris went 51-8 to win the shot put.

Cameron Engle had another good all-around day for Saugus, with wins in the high jump (6-2) and 110 hurdles (15.66), while Alex Pearson won the 800 and 1,600.

The Canyon boys received a big day from Jeremy Kimmer, who won the high jump (6-4), long jump (20-10 1/2) and triple jump (43-6 1/4) and also finished second with a mark of 14 feet in the pole vault.

Timmy Tomizawa won the pole vault at a meet-record 14-6, and Cody Fanion went 41-6 to win the shot and 122-8 to win the disc. The 4x100 team of Devin Baldwin, Chris Wentz, Israel Cabrera and Drew Wolitarsky won in 43.2 seconds, and Baldwin, Cabrera and Wolitarsky joined Brett Molster in winning the 4x400 in 3:26.9.

Valencia’s Olivia Pear won the 1,600 in 5:05.9, which ties Aly Drake’s school record, according to co-head coach Darryl De La Vega. Other standout marks from Thursday included Hart’s Connor West in the 110 hurdles (14.9) and 300 hurdles (39.6); West Ranch’s Nick Gastaldo in the shot put (55-3 1/2); Valencia’s Michael Kojin in the 100 (10.78); and Valencia’s Kaitlyn Mathews in the high jump (5-4).s


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