Locals post quality efforts

Track and field: Sacred Heart and St. Francis High move 10 to division prelims.

May 07, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — More than a dozen athletes from the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis High track and field teams participated in the Mission League finals Thursday at L.A. Valley College.

While none of them captured league supremacy, many of them punched their ticket to the CIF Southern Section division prelims.

Eight Tologs and two Golden Knights will compete in the prelims, which will be held May 15 at different venues.

Sacred Heart received five second-place finishes to reach the Division IV prelims at Carpinteria High. St. Francis had a second- and third-place finisher to move on to the Division III prelims at Estancia High.

Noelle Niederhaus and Drew Washington finished second and third, respectively, in the 400-meter race. Paulina Antaplyan placed second in the 1,600- and 3,200 events and Hailey James was second in the 300 low hurdles. The Tologs also placed second in both relays.


In the 400, Niederhaus clocked 58.8 seconds and Washington finished in 59.1. Antaplyan finished the 1,600 in 5 minutes 21 seconds before coming back to set a school mark in the 3,200 at 11:40. James clocked 49.5 in the 300 hurdles.

The Sacred Heart 4x100 relay team of James, Niederhaus, Daelyn Moon and Washington finished second in 50.99. The 4x400 relay squad of Washington, Moon, Stephanie Vargas and Niederhaus placed second in 4:04.

Also moving on from Sacred Heart were Vargas in the 800 (fourth, 2:22) and Tina Smith and Caroline Treianen in the pole vault. Smith was second in 9 feet 2 inches and Treianen was fourth in 8-8.

“The goal in the beginning of the season was to get at least 10 to the prelims,” Sacred Heart Coach Eddie Gorton said. “That’s a lofty goal in general.

“To get eight to the prelims is great. It means that they have bought into the system and nobody really got complacent. We peaked in the first half of the season and now we are doing the same right now. We are still on an upward path and they are getting better.”

St. Francis got a second-place effort from James Knowles in the 110 high hurdles, as he clocked 15.16. Teammate Walker Fitch turned in a mark of 20-1 in the long jump to finish third.

“We got some good marks,” St. Francis Coach Pat Donovan said. “James just missed winning.”

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