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Knowles enjoys big day at prelims

May 12, 2012|By Grant Gordon

BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD

St. Francis in CIF Southern Section Division III preliminaries: Reigning All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year James Knowles ran to a return berth in next week's finals at Cerritos College.

"This is just to get him ready for next week," said St. Francis Coach Patrick Donovan of Saturday's prelims at Estancia High. "[His results were] what we were hoping for."

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Knowles won his heat in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 38.12 seconds, which was third-fastest across the board. He also advanced in the 110 hurdles, taking second in his heat with the fourth-best time of the day at 14.55.

Also in the DIII prelims, Hoover's Jeremy Zadoorian finished ninth in his heat of the 800 in 2:01.72 and did not move on.

Crescenta Valley, Burbank and Glendale in Division I preliminaries: Michael Davis showed he means business again this year, as he took first in the 100-meter dash in 10.67 and fourth in the 200 (21.58) to qualify forward.

The Falcons' Josh Strachewski qualified for the finals with an eighth-place finish in the 110-hurdles (14.89) and just missed the cut in the 300 hurdles (18th, 40.68), as did CV's Mike Duncan in the 800 (11th, 1:56.50). Burroughs' Anthony Monroy, however, according to Coach John Peebles did qualify after a dispute involving hand-kept times, allowing Monroy, who was initially though to finish 10th at 9:25.62 to advance.

Burbank's Isaiah Amos and Andy Hurtado took 17th and 26th in the 1,600 (4:25.72) and discus (122-8), respectively. The Nitros 1,600 relay team of Davis, Jeffrey Massin, Carlos Esperanza Navarro and Tristan Pacba took 23rd (3:26.04).

Flintridge Prep in CIF Southern Section Division IV preliminaries: Prep had a solid day, sending four athletes on to next week's divisional finals after solid days at Carpinteria High.

Gareth Weiss was tied for the top qualifying mark of 12 feet in the pole vault, while Barrett Weiss notched the ninth and final qualifying spot with a vault of 11-6. James Bradley was third in his heat and seventh fastest to earn qualification in the 800 at 2:00.74. West Nowotny notched a personal record by more than two feet with a shot put of 48-11 to finish third overall and move on.

"I'm very happy with five moving on to CIF finals," said Prep Coach Nick Ponticello, who also had girls' runner Kate Kennedy move forward. "I also like that we have so many people in that many events. I like the diversity."

GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD

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