Locals reel in league crowns

Track and field: Beerman wins a pair of Pacific League titles Friday.

May 08, 2010|By Charles Rich

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Individual glory was at stake on a warm Friday night at Glendale High’s Moyse Field during the Pacific League track and field finals.

Athletes from Crescenta Valley High, Glendale and Hoover took to various events in their attempts to reel in league championships. A handful of them got the job done.

Crescenta Valley High’s Jessica Beerman won a pair of sprints and teammate Tiernan Hebron won an individual event and helped win a relay to lead the group of five local athletes to secure league supremacy.


Beerman captured the 100 in 12.30 seconds and the 200 in 25.96. Hebron won the 400 59.62 and Melanie Samvalian of Crescenta Valley took the shot put in 37 feet 10 1/2 inches.

A pair of local boys’ athletes took home first-place finishes, as Andrew Roide of Crescenta Valley took the high jump in 6-6 and Glendale freshman Mike Davis placed first in the 200 (22.16).

Hebron, a junior, was the first area standout to win a league title. Hebron achieved her goal of not only winning her first league title, but finishing in less than a minute. She edged out Gina Levitt of Burbank (59.79).

“I really wanted to do both of them,” said Hebron, who later teamed with Stacy Carlos, Cali King and Carli Opland to win the 4x400 relay in 4:03.70. “During the whole year, I wanted to get under a minute.

“I had done it once during our dual meet against Arcadia, but I wanted to do it once again. I’ve been working on my blocks and now I want to go somewhere in the prelims and at least get a personal-best mark.”

Samvalian, a senior, won her second consecutive league crown in the shot put. Samvalian earlier took second in the discus (87-9).

In the boys’ competition, Roide won his second league championship in as many seasons. Davis took the 200 after finishing second in the 100 (10.80).

Davis wanted to prove himself in the 200 after falling in the 100 by just .01 seconds.

“I wanted to win the 100, but I just did get beat,” said Davis, who worked with Jeffrey Massin, John Canlas and Byron Edmonson to take second in the 4x400 relay (3:27.87). “I took it out in the 200.

“I had a bad start in the 200, so I had to catch up. Once I got halfway through the curve, I then could run my race.”

Hoover’s Joseph Roach finished second in both hurdle events. He clocked 15 seconds in the 100. Roach’s bid to win a second league title in a row in the 300 hurdles fell by the wayside when he clocked 39.31.

“In the 300, it was neck-and-neck to the last hurdle,” Roach said. “I stutter-stepped on the last hurdle.”

Other second-place finishers on the girls’ side were Anneke Kakabeen of Crescenta Valley in the 1,600 (5:08.22) and Crescenta Valley’s Claudia Pham in the 3,200 (11:18.44).

The local boys to achieve second-place performances included Nick Psaltis in the shot put (46-4) and teammate Bryan Yaung in the triple jump (42-5 1/2 ).

The Crescenta Valley 4x100 relay squad of Yaung, James Maturan, Levi Walker and Parker Averill was second in 44.23.

Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Hoover will take part in the CIF Southern Section division prelims May 15.

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