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Bronze Bowl stays with Glendale High track and field

Track and field: Nitros sweep Tornadoes in Pacific League dual meet Wednesday at Moyse Field.

April 17, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — A large crowd flocked to midfield at Moyse Field on Wednesday for yet another big celebration, punctuated by hoisting a trophy in the air.

It’s become a regular occurrence for the Glendale High track and field program, which continued its domination of cross-town rival Hoover. Backed by some impressive efforts from Lauren Hansen, Andrea Popescu and Mike Williams, Glendale maintained ownership of the Bronze Bowl.

Hansen won two individual events and helped win a relay race and Popescu won three individual events to spark the host Glendale girls to a 95-28 Pacific League win against Hoover. In the boys' competition, Williams captured three field events to propel Glendale to an 80-55 victory.

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Glendale retained possession of the Bronze Bowl — given to the school with the most total points at the Hoover-Glendale meet — with a 175-83 victory. The Nitros improved to 14-0 in the history of the bowl.

“It means a lot to be able to keep it and it also shows about school pride,” said Hansen, a senior. “It’s all about tradition and hard work. You just go out there and try to stay as focused as you can.”

Hansen did just that, capturing the 800-meter race in 2 minutes 40.53 seconds and the 400 (64.93).

Hansen also worked with Kenya Gaskin, Cecile Le Duff and Vard Sargsyan to win the 4x400 relay in 4:46.35 to help Glendale improve to 4-3 overall and 4-3 in league.

“I thought I ran well in the 800,” Hansen said. “You have to have the speed and endurance, and I think that’s the hardest event to run.

“You have to stay focused and think you can do well. There’s little recovery time after doing the 400.”

Popescu shined in the field events, winning the long jump (13 feet 7 1/2 inches), triple jump (31-4) and high jump (4-4).

Le Duff, Gaskin and Alex Stone each won a pair of individual events.

Le Duff took first in the 100 hurdles (19.93) and 300 hurdles (55.56). Gaskin turned in first-place performances in the 100 (12.65) and 200 (27.83). Stone won the shot put (26-3) and discus (73-2).

The Nitros’ 4x100 relay quartet of Gaskin, Sargsyan, Kristina Fabular and Le Duff won in 56.27.

Hoover (2-5 overall and in league) received a strong effort from Lucik Minassian, who won three events. Minassian finished first in the 800 (2:43), 1,600 (5:54) and 3,200 (12:43).

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