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Track and field: Amodia leads Nitros girls to 70-66 victory over Pacific League rival Falcons Thursday.

March 22, 2012|By Andrew Shortall
(Raul Roa Staff Photographer )

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Both the Glendale and Crescenta Valley high track and field teams walked away from Thursday's tri-Pacific League meet, which included Pasadena, unsure who came out on top as officials camped out more than a hour afterward computing the final results.

The Nitros girls pulled off a 70-66 victory to improve to 3-1 in league and pull off Glendale's first win against CV in Glendale Coach Bob Bailey's 18-year career.

"This is my first win ever against CV, I'll take them when I can get them," Bailey chuckled. "This is the closest the guys have been [to beating the Falcons] in a long time."

The Falcons ended up coming out on top on the boys side, 69-67, but would have won either way as Bailey was forced to forfeit against Pasadena and Crescenta Valley on the boys side after an ineligible player ran.

The narrow finish on both sides didn't surprise Falcons Coach Mark Evans.

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"Glendale is a good team and we knew that," Evans said. "There were some areas we could have done better, but they're a good team that has improved a lot since last year."

Glendale's Sophia Amodia delivered on the girls side, winning both of her individual events, the 100 high and 300 low hurdles in 15.90 and 46.95 seconds, respectively.

"Sophia was concerned earlier in the week because we couldn't get her hurdle step right, but it didn't show today," Bailey said. "I think we straightened everything up and she was fluid in both hurdle events."

Amodia said Thursday was just another step to her ultimate goal this season, a CIF State championship.

"I am definitely excited," Amodia said. "This is just the beginning for me because I already know what's going to happen at league, I am confident in league, but I definitely want to move forward and try to win state."

The Nitros didn't get an easy win, though, as Cayleigh Carrillo kept Crescenta Valley (1-2) in the mix by grabbing wins in the 200 (26.27), 400 (1:00.02) and 400 relay (51.17) with Claudia Sepulveda, Emmy Walker and Noel Wong.

Carrillo's biggest contribution came in the 1,600 relay as she ran the anchor leg and made up significant ground to steal the victory away from the Nitros.

"As I was running I saw the distance closing and I knew I had a chance to catch her," Carrillo said. "Everybody was screaming and I couldn't let anybody down so I just went all out the last 100."

The Falcons got their remaining wins from Emily Beglarian in the high jump (five feet).

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