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Burbank High and Crescenta Valley track and field teams split dual meet

Track and field: Crescenta Valley girls post 74-64 victory and Burbank boys net 90-46 win in Pacific League event.

March 28, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley and Burbank high runners lean forward at the start of the 800-meter race in a dual Pacific League track meet at Burbank High.
Crescenta Valley and Burbank high runners lean forward… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

BURBANK — Plenty of defending Pacific League individual champions were on display Thursday when the Crescenta Valley High and Burbank track and field teams met at Burbank.

The smorgasbord of talent pounded the track and excelled in the field events, diligently working on their technique and looking to improve in preparation to defend their respective titles for the league championships on May 3.

Many of the defending champions played a role in helping their teams win Thursday. Crescenta Valley posted a 72-64 win in the girls’ meet, while Burbank earned a 90-46 victory in the boys’ competition.

Burbank’s boys’ team defeated Crescenta Valley for the first time since joining the Pacific League in 2007.

Kayleigh Carrillo led the way for Crescenta Valley girls’ squad, winning a pair of individual events and helping the Falcons capture both relays.

Carrillo captured the 200-meter dash in 24.77 seconds and the 400 (57.92). She is the defending league champion in both events.

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“My favorite [race] is the 200, but I find the 400 to be more of a mental challenge,” Carrillo said. “It’s more of an obstacle that I try to tackle in terms of being mentally prepared for it.

“I felt strong getting out strong and being able to maintain my lead. Burbank has a good team.”

Burbank placed second in the pacific League last season behind champion Arcadia.

Carrillo worked with Noel Wong, Emmie Walker and Grace Keller to take first in the 4x100 relay (50.31). She then grouped with Erika Johnson, Courtney Iannello and Megan Melnyk to win the 4x400 relay in 4:06.77.

“Kayleigh is way ahead now compared to where she was at this time last year,” Crescenta Valley Coach Mark Evans said. “She’s much stronger and faster.”

Crescenta Valley (4-1, 3-0 in league) got two first-place efforts from Sarah Lapides in the 100 and 300 hurdles events in 17.02 and 50.49, respectively. It also received first-place finishes from Melnyk in the 1,600 (5:25.17), Johnson in the 800 (2:28.08), Haley Witzeman in the 3,200 (11:42.12), Wong in the long jump (15 feet 3 3/4 inches) and Walker in the high jump (5 feet).

Walker won a league crown in the high jump last season. Walker, Carrillo and Melnyk were a part of the 4x400 relay team that won league.

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