Tologs, Knights open up victorious

Track and field: Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis net league wins against Harvard-Westlake.

March 04, 2011|By Charles Rich,

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — For a season-opening meet, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis High track and field teams couldn't have asked for a better start and finish.

The Tologs and Golden Knights began their seasons on the road Thursday afternoon with a Mission League dual meet against Harvard-Westlake. Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis proved to be resourceful by winning in grand fashion in the final events of their respective portions of the meet.

Both teams were able to breath a sigh of relief, as Flintridge Sacred Heart posted a 65.5-61.5 victory over the defending league champion and St. Francis earned a 64-53 win.


In the girls' side of the meet, Flintridge Sacred Heart trailed, 60.5-52.5 with the triple jump and 4x400-meter relay still to take place. Ali DeOca of Flintridge Sacred Heart won the triple jump with a mark of 32 feet to slice Harvard-Westlake's lead to 61.5-60.5. The Tologs' relay team of Stephanie Vargas, Drew Washington, Rebecca Armstrong and Noëlle Niederhaus worked together to clock 4 minutes 4.03 seconds to win the event and clinch the victory.

Niederhaus, a sophomore, said she received a perfect pass of the baton from Armstrong.

"My teammates did all of the work," said Niederhaus, who began the meet by working with Hailey James, Vargas and Washington to capture the 4x100 relay in 51.08. "The Harvard girl got close to me [going into the final kick], but I just felt like I had to get us the win.

"I was so nervous during my lap because the coaches told me that it might come down to the final race. Harvard-Westlake is our hardest opponent in league and we want to win a league title because we've never won before."

The Tologs saw James win the 100 and 300 hurdles in 18.12 and 49.15, respectively. Vanessa Romero won the shot put with a heave of 30-4 for Flintridge Sacred Heart, which also got wins from Washington in the 100 (12.93) and Daelyn Moon and DeOca in the long jump (tie, 15-1).

Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Mario Aguilar said the Tologs needed to be prepared to topple the Wolverines, who have won two league championships in a row.

"With the history of the Harvard-Westlake program, it can be intimidating going up against them," Aguilar said. "We had every reason to be intimidated, but we also knew that we had to come out and be ready.

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