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Prep League track meet proves success for Flintridge Prep, Poly and Westridge

Track and field: Rebels eke out win on boys' side, while Panthers' girls win and Tigers take home two individual victories.

April 04, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Pasadena Poly's Simone Abegunrin runs in the hurdles event during a tri-Prep League track and field meet between the Panthers, Flintridge Prep and Westridge.
Pasadena Poly's Simone Abegunrin runs in the hurdles… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

LA CAÑADA — While half the Prep League was on spring break Thursday afternoon, the other half prepared for the second half of the season with a competitive league tri-league meet at La Cañada High that may have been more hotly contested than expected.

In what may very well foreshadow a close Prep League championship later this season, the host Flintridge Prep boys defeated Pasadena Poly, 64-63, while the Panthers’ girls exacted a measure of revenge by scoring 81 points in topping the Rebels (51) and Westridge School (17).

PHOTOS: Prep League track meet hosts Flintridge Prep, Poly and Westridge

“I can’t believe how close that was. I wasn’t even aware of the score,” Rebels Coach Nick Ponticello said. “I think all three teams came out ahead today.”

While the Rebels only won a total of six of 17 events, they outlasted the Panthers by taking most of the second- and third-place positions.

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One such competition in which Flintridge Prep flexed its muscles was the 1,600-meters, when the Rebels finished first through fifth, lead by Elias Ellison. The senior shattered his previous personal record of 4 minutes, 44 seconds with a winning mark of 4:33.78.

“I’ve been running the 800 to improve on my speed lately and it’s helped,” Ellison said.

Teammate Aaron Sugimoto, who finished third (4:39.81) in the event, clinched the 800 in 2:07.68.

Flintridge Prep delivered two other notable victories, including West Nowotny romping to a win in the shot put in 52-9 1/4 and the Rebels 1,600 relay team triumphing in 3:44.27.

While the Panthers were nipped by the Rebels, they still mounted several impressive wins, including Hunter Worland clinching the 100 (11.21) and 200 (23.96) and Alex Pinon doubling up wins in the 300 hurdles (45.87) and pole vault (10 feet 6).

Other Panthers’ victories came from Will Hubsch in the 400 (54.54), Michael Caughron in the 3,200 (12:14.54), Jake Zelek in the 110 hurdles (17:08), Vince Porter in the high jump (5-8), Parker Mathews in the long jump (20-3 1/2), Jared Lim in the triple jump (37-7) and from the Poly 4x400 relay team (44.78).

There was no denying Poly’s dominance on the girls’ side, as the Panthers won all but three events.

Junior Noel Askins turned in a banner effort, individually claiming the 100 (12.58), 200 (26.93) and long jump (15-8), while also combining forces with Kayla Valencia, Diana Matthiessen and Ryan Casey to win the 400 relay (50.40).

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