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Crescenta Valley girls' track ready for run to success

Crescenta Valley Falcons look to have deepest team among locals.

February 27, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

Kayleigh Carrillo enjoyed a banner season last season while competing in the sprinting events for the Crescenta Valley High girls' track and field team.

Carrillo stormed to the forefront, winning Pacific League championships in the 200- and 400-meter races last season at Arcadia High. It also likely signaled the that Carrillo would be the Falcons’ go-to athlete to set the stage the next two seasons.

Carrillo, a junior, will also be ready to help the Falcons defend their league championship in the 4x400 relay.

“Kayleigh will be one of the anchors for us again,” Crescenta Valley Coach Mark Evans said. “She’s going to be counted on to score a lot of points for us.

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“We think she can be even better. She had such a great season last year and now she’s got even more experience.”

The Falcons, who finished fourth in league last season, will have a strong foundation with a core of experienced distance runners returning. Among those expected to be back are Cali King, Hannah Ruby, Erika Johnson and Megan Melnyk.

Noel Wong will handle the 100 responsibilities. The Falcons also figure to be stronger in the field events, led by Emmie Walker and Emily Beglarian. Walker won a league championship in the high jump last season.

“We should be strong in the distance events,” Evans said. “I think we will be stronger in the field events, too.”

Like Crescenta Valley, Flintridge Prep will have plenty of depth in the distance races. The Rebels lacked in depth last season, something they hope to rectify this season under coach Nick Ponticello.

Leading the charge will be distance runners Kaitlyn Kelleher, Kate Evans and Ashley Lara. The trio will participate in the 1,600- and 3,200 races.

Miah Webb and Samantha Davies will be the main sprinters for the Rebels, who will also feature Cassie Redding in the hurdles.

“I think we have developed more interest and getting more of a turnout in terms of numbers,” Ponticello said. “In order for us to do well, it will depend on some of the new blood.”

Andrew Dakopolos takes over the head-coaching position from Bob Bailey at Glendale.

Dakopolos, who participated in track and field at Occidental College, said he’s been searching for depth across the board and it might take part of the season to be able to fill in some of the spots where the Nitros might have a dearth in talent.

Glendale should feature an array of talent in the distance and sprints.

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