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Gaels’ year ends in finals

Track and field: Holy Family is shut out in Horizon League championships.

May 08, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

GLENDALE — One of the best seasons in program history for Holy Family’s track and field came to an end on Friday.

Competing in the Horizon League finals at Cantwell Sacred Heart in Montebello, the Gaels did not capture any individual league titles and failed to qualify any athletes or relay teams for the CIF Southern Section prelims.

But with a league team tri-title already in hand, the school’s first since 1992, Coach Robert Bringas said it was a season of great accomplishment for the Gaels nonetheless.

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“A lot of this year was the girls coming together, it was very much a team effort,” said Bringas, whose team clinched a share of the league title with Alverno and San Gabriel Mission by winning its final regular-season meet against Sacred Heart of Jesus on April 23. “We ended well, we came home with a lot of league patches and medals and such and a team trophy is always good.

“The goal has always been to build this particular program. ...I’m looking forward to next season.”

The Gaels’ strongest events on Thursday were its relays.

The 4x100-meter team of Monet Estrada, Dominique Rochart, Natalia Nerris and Alejandra Hernandez and the 4x400 team of Valerie Dominguez, Shalley Agito, Nerris and Hernandez both finished a close second.

Junior Gladys Hernandez turned in a pair of runner-up finishes, completing the 800 in 3 minutes 2 seconds and the 1,600 in 6:34.

Estrada, also a junior, was second in the long jump with a leap of 12 feet 7 inches.

Dominguez, a junior, was third in the 400 in 1:11 and Hernandez, a sophomore, produced a third-place finish in the 200.

“It was just an off-day, I guess,” Bringas said. “I don’t know if it was the weather, because it was really hot out there, or what, but it just moved a lot faster.

“All of the races were a lot faster than they have been over the course of the last four or five meets we’ve had.”


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