NORTHEAST GLENDALE â€” With the wind from a historic defeat of league powerhouse Muir at its heels, the Glendale High girls' track and field team looked to keep the momentum going Thursday in a Pacific League dual meet against another Crown City squad, the Pasadena Bulldogs.
Behind another round of strong performances, including some new school records, the Nitros girls topped Pasadena, 93-32.
Glendale's boys' team didn't fare quite as well, losing 74.5-47.5, but Nitros boys' and girls' Coach Bob Bailey was pleased nonetheless with the squad's improvement over previous meets this year.
â€œWe knew that Pasadena would be lacking depth [on the girls' side], so we knew we could get a lot of second and third-place finishes,â€ said Bailey, whose girls' squad's 76-46 victory over the Mustangs at Muir on March 19 was its first since 1983. â€œWe just didn't know how our top girls would match up with theirs, but they matched up pretty good today.â€
Daniela Pollard was a double winner for Glendale, taking the long jump with a mark of 17 feet 1 inch and setting a new school record in the triple jump of 37-4.
Frances Pasamba also helped pace the Nitros with a pair of victories in the 800 (2 minutes 38 seconds) and 1,600 meters (5:54).
Seda Arutyunyan continued the success for the Nitros in distance events, winning the 3,200 in 13:19.
â€œIn distance, it was kind of an easy day because we knew [the Bulldogs] wouldn't have much in the line of distance runners,â€ Bailey said.
Other Glendale winners included Perci Goldwire in the 100-meter high hurdles (16.2) and Jennifer Dowty in the 200-meter dash (26.5).
Freshman Renee Garza won the shot put with a throw of 28- 1/2 .
Dowty also teamed with Alin Jabourian, Rita Assoian and Samantha Bogatz to win the 4x100 relay.
That race included a new school record of a 49-second lap by Dowty.
With the win, Glendale improved to 3-1 on the year with a 2-1 mark in Pacific League meets.
While the Nitros boys dropped to 0-4 (0-3 in league) on the season, their Thursday score was a cause for optimism as far as Bailey was concerned.
â€œI'm just glad we scored,â€ Bailey said of his boys' team's performance. â€œWe've scored 12 and 11 points in the last two meets, so just scoring some points is good.â€
Jose Rodriguez was a double winner for the Nitros in the high jump (5-8) and triple jump (38-6).
Roderick Haro won the shot put with a throw of 36-7 and Matt Bogartz cleared a height of 8-6 to take first place in the pole vault.
â€œThis is the most wins we've had in any one meet,â€ Bailey said. â€œThey competed well and that's good to see.â€