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Locals on track for CIF finals meet

Track and field: CV, Sacred Heart and Flintridge Prep all sending athletes to Cerritos College.

May 22, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

GLENDALE — Making it through their respective divisional prelims was just the first test for the group of local athletes slated to compete in the CIF Southern Section finals at Cerritos College in Norwalk on Saturday.

Now, there will be medals and CIF titles on the line and, for the ninth-fastest times across all divisions in sprints and 12th-best marks in distance and field events, a continuation of their seasons into the CIF Masters meet the following week.

The meet is scheduled to go off at 10 a.m. beginning with field events.

Crescenta Valley High qualified three girls’ athletes at the Division I prelims at Trabuco Hills High on Saturday and all will be making their CIF finals debuts.

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Cali King, a freshman, qualified for the 1,600 meters, which will begin at 1:35 p.m., in 5 minutes 8.72 seconds.

“With Cali, we’re just looking to give her that experience,” Crescenta Valley Coach Mark Evans said. “She’s a really competitive person and has been racing really well. We want her to try and go at least as fast as she’s gone in the last couple of weeks or faster and just really get in the race and compete.

“We want to see her improve and see if she can get a little closer to the five-minute mark.”

Junior Claudia Pham will run the 3,200, of which the Division I heat will start at 5:05 p.m., after clocking a personal-best mark of 11:14.69 at prelims.

“Claudia’s really dropped time consistently over the last part of the season and she’s really been racing well,” Evans said. “I think she has the ability to drop some more time and compete in that Division I race.

“We want her to go under 11:10 or closer to 11 and, if she can do that, she’ll be right in the race.”

Senior Melanie Samvalian is set to compete in the shot put, which will directly follow the boys’ shot put beginning at 11 a.m. Her prelims heave of 38 feet 3 1/2 inches was also a personal best.

“She has more improvement in her,” Evans said. “She’s still learning the event — it’s only her second year. She’s gonna have to throw a little bit farther to make it to Masters, but that huge throw at prelims showed what she’s capable of and what a great competitor she is.”

Flintridge Prep will have one boys’ athlete and two girls competing in Division IV.

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