Falcons take Pacific league tri-meet

With spring break scheduled for next week, the members of the Crescenta Valley High and Glendale track and field teams wanted to end the first half of league competition on a good note.

For the most part, that happened Wednesday afternoon during a tri-meet that involved the two schools and Burbank at Crescenta Valley.

Crescenta Valley and Glendale each had at least one individual win two events, as Crescenta Valley’s boys picked up an 84-39 win against Glendale and the Falcons posted a 91-25 win against the Nitros in the girls’ portion of the meet.

Crescenta Valley also notched a 107-10 win in the boys’ competition against Burbank and a 115-9 victory in the girls’ competition.

Glendale registered an 81-36 win against Burbank in the boys’ portion of the meet and also earned a 72-49 win in the girls’ competition.

Crescenta Valley girls’ athlete Holly Wilson captured four events to spur the Falcons. The senior won the 100-meter low hurdles in 17.8 seconds, the 300 low hurdles (48.1), the long jump in 16 feet and the triple jump (32-3 1/4 ).

Melanie Samvalian took first in the shot put (32-7) and the discus (82-4) for Crescenta Valley, which also got first-place efforts from Jessica Beerman in the 100 (12.7) and the 200 (27.1).

Crescenta Valley Coach Mark Evans said he expected the Falcons and Nitros to show off some of their strengths in both competitions Wednesday.

“Glendale has got some good sprinters and they ran the 4x400 relay very well,” Evans said. “I thought Jessica ran right there with them.

“I think we are in good position to finish the season strong when we get back from spring break.”

Michelle Callister won the 1,600 race in 5:22 for the Falcons, who also got first-place performances from Tiernan Hebron in the 400 (60.8), Eliza Collison in the 800 (2:29), Kristina Gustovich in the high jump (4-8) and Carlotta Pham in the 3,200 (11:56). Carli Opland, Claudia Delgado, Stacy Carlos and Hebron worked together to take the 4x400 relay (4:23.5).

Glendale got some good efforts from Alin Jabourian, who tied for first with Beerman in the 100 and placed second in the 200 (27.12). Jabourian teamed with Melissa Sanchez, Elizabeth McLean and Daniella Pollard to win the 4x100 relay in 50.4. The Nitros also saw Arleen Tumasian take the pole vault in seven feet.

In the boys’ portion of the meet, Glendale’s Robert Weathers and Zack Torres and Jake Walker of Crescenta Valley each won a pair of events.

Weathers, a senior, proved to be steady in winning the 100 (11.1) and 200 (22.6). He also grouped with Eric Miller, Roy Cameron and John Canlas to close out the meet by taking first in the 4x400 relay (3:37.7).

“My team pushed me through,” Weathers said. “I got off to a good start in the 100, and I was able to blow away in the 200 with a kick.

“On the relay, John caught up in the third leg to help get us out in front. I got that big lead and was able to keep it going. I feel pretty good with the way I’m running.”

Torres started off by winning the 1,600 in 4:23 and then outran Burbank’s Greg Dotson in the final 50 meters to take the 800 (1:57.7). Dotson clocked 1:58.

Walker won the long jump (20-6 1/2 ) and the triple jump (41-2 1/2 ).

De De McFadden won the 110 high hurdles for Crescenta Valley, which also got first-place efforts from Neil Jones in the 400 (51.5), Andrew Roide in the high jump (5-10), Ryan Ro in the discus (105-4), Jimmy Jones in the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.1), Michael Duncan in the 3,200 (10:19.5) and Zack Balonick in the pole vault (11-0). Dexter Trestrail, Han Lee, Jon Cook and Jimmy Jones teamed up to take the 4x100 relay (44.7).

Ronnie Marquez of Glendale finished first in the shot put (43-5).


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