SOUTHEAST GLENDALE â€” Mugging for the camera with the Bronze Bowl in tow has become customary for the members of the Glendale High boys' and girls' track and field teams.
It's the object that's at stake whenever Glendale and cross-town rival Hoover get together to compete in a Pacific League dual meet.
Glendale retained the bowl â€” given to the school with the most total points at the Hoover-Glendale meet â€” with a 157-113 victory against visiting Hoover on Tuesday afternoon. Glendale hasn't given up possession of the bowl in the 10-year history that it has been competed for, though the Tornadoes did their best to make it a close encounter.
â€œI get about as nervous as the kids, but just sooner in the year,â€ said Glendale Coach Bob Bailey, who saw Glendale's girls' team pick up a 95-31 win, Hoover's boys' squad collect a 74-52 victory and Glendale top Hoover, 10-8, in the combined discus. â€œI tell them that if there's a meet to stay focused, this would be the one.â€
Glendale (4-3-1, 4-3 in league) received three wins from Daniela Pollard and two wins apiece from Frances Pasamba and Alin Jabourian to lead the girls' squad.
Pollard won the long jump with a school-record mark of 18 feet, the triple jump (37-4) and the high jump (4-4). She also worked with Alisa Rangwala, Melisa Sanchez and Jabourian to take the 4x100 relay (50.73).
Pasamba won the 1,600-meter race in 5 minutes 47.28 seconds and the 800 (2:35.26), while Jabourian took the 100 (12.4) and 200 (27.28).
â€œIt's amazing to win the bowl, but I had my doubts,â€ Pasamba said. â€œI figured it would be close, so it's a surprise that we won [by a big margin].
â€œThere's a lot of tension. I wasn't sure how I would do.â€
Glendale also got first-place efforts from Jennifer Movsessian in the shot put (29-1 1/2 ), Arleen Tumasyan in the pole vault (7 feet), Kathleen Nguyen in the discus (79-4 1/2 ) and Sanchez in the 400 (1:03.68).
Paige Hollis of Hoover (3-4 overall and in league) won the 100 low hurdles (17.7) and the 300 low hurdles (52.17). Katherine Brouwer took the 3,200 (12:40.73) for the Tornadoes before grouping with Liyana Avansian, Renee Lawson and Hollis to win the 4x400 relay (4:28).
In the boys' portion of the meet, Hoover (3-3 overall and in league) turned to sprinter Harold Tabora and distance runner Brian Trejo.
Tabora won the 400 (51.94) and the 200 (23.34). He also helped the Tornadoes win a pair of relays, as he worked with Nzhdeh Alaverdian, Alex Mikhailpoor and Joseph Roach to win the 4x100 relay (44.98). Hoover's 4x400 relay team of Roach, Trejo, Mikhailpoor and Tabora remained undefeated this season after clocking 3:30.26.
Trejo won the 1,600 (4:42.73) and the 3,200 (10:55). Roach captured the 100 high hurdles (15.9) and 300 high hurdles (41.66). Hoover's Highbert Davtian took the high jump (5-6) and long jump (19-5). Hoover also got a win from Wyatt Bowers in the discus (92-1 1/2 ).
â€œI can't explain the meet other than it's interesting and fun,â€ Hoover Coach Jack Sallakian said. â€œEverybody is so pumped up and they love performing.â€
Ronnie Marquez won the shot put (43-3) for Glendale, which got wins from Robert Weathers in the 100 (11.1), Roy Cameron in the triple jump (40-5) and Matt Bogatz in the pole vault (9-6).