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Tologs, Knights reel in Eagles

Track and field: Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis each win their portions of league meet.

April 07, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • James Knowles of St. Francis wins the 110 high hurdles in a Mission League track and field dual meet on Wednesday.
James Knowles of St. Francis wins the 110 high hurdles… (Tim Berger, Staff…)

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Stephanie Vargas played a role in shattering two school records, yet she wasn't aware that had been accomplished.

The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy track and field athlete diligently went about her business on the St. Francis High all-weather track Wednesday afternoon during a Mission League dual meet against Chaminade and left impressed with her latest accomplishments.

"I didn't know, but it's great," Vargas said after she clocked 2 minutes 18.96 seconds to win the 800-meter race and help the Tologs post a 73-34 victory. "In the 800, I thought of it more as a 400 workout to help decrease the pressure and I was able to run a smart race.

"I've been running the 800 since fifth grade and I tried last year to break the school record, but it didn't work out."

Vargas opened the meet by working with Noëlle Niederhaus, Daelyn Moon and Drew Washington to win the 4x100 relay in a school-record time of 50.21 seconds.

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In the boys' portion of the meet, St. Francis received a pair of individual victories from James Knowles to earn a 93-34 victory against Chaminade.

The Tologs (4-1 in league) rebounded from a league loss against powerful Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on March 31 by winning 11 events Wednesday.

Moon and Niederhaus each won two individual events.

Moon captured the long jump with a leap of 16 feet 6 inches and the 200 (26.63), while Niederhaus won the 400 (1:00.66) and the triple jump (32-2 1/2).

Paulina Antaplyan captured the 1,600 in 5:38.68 for Sacred Heart, which also received first-place performances from Washington in the 100 (12.66), Vanessa Romero in the shot put (32-3), Madzie MacVaugh in the high jump (5 feet) and Maddie Romero in the 3,200 (14:30.66).

Moon said she strategized how she planned to win her events.

"It's just about being able to get in a zone and just figuring out how to come out of the blocks and jumps," Moon said. "I trust myself that I can get out there and do well.

"In the 4x100 relay, it's nice to be able to set the [school] record. We push each other to do well individually and as a team."

Sacred Heart Coach Mario Aguilar said the Tologs have set their standards high this season.

"We have a talent-rich pool, and when they do things correctly, they get better all of the time," Aguilar said. "We started seeing that a lot last year and we saw the commitment early this season."

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