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Local track and field competitors look to shine at CIF Southern Section Division Finals

Track and field: Five schools qualified at least one entrant to Saturday's CIF Southern Section Divisional Finals at Mt. San Antonio College.

May 16, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Glendale High sprinter Michael Davis will look to end his high school career with a bang in the CIF Southern Section Division I Finals and beyond.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Glendale High sprinter Michael Davis… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

Qualifying to Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Track and Field Divisional Championships at Mt. San Antonio College required the local entrants who earned such advancement to turn in very good results at last weekend’s divisional prelims all over Southern California.

This weekend, however, the bar will be raised from very good to exceptional.

Of course, that’s to be expected as divisional championships and CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet berths are on the line with the trip to Cerritos College available for the top 12 finishers in the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs and top nine in every other event.

Maybe no area athlete enters with higher expectations and subsequently more pressure than does Glendale High senior sprinter Michael Davis.

The BYU-bound athlete is scheduled to run first in the Division I 100-meter dash at 3:35 p.m., followed by the 200 sprint at 4:20.

It’s been an interesting year for Davis, who has skipped some of the premiere track events, such as the Arcadia and Mt. San Antonio College invitationals, while some of his best marks have been hand times at Pacific League meets.

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Yet, there’s confidence in Davis’ camp.

“He’s been up and down this season and maybe I would be worried if not for this week,” Nitros first-year Coach Andrew Dakopolos said. “But this week, he’s worked extremely hard and he’s been as focused this week as I’ve ever seen him. He’s ready.”

Davis, the Pacific League champ in both events, finished runner-up at last week’s divisional prelims at Trabuco Hills High to Upland sophomore Miles Valentine (10.36 seconds) in the 100 with a mark of 10.59. Miles (21.05) also topped a third-place Davis (21.41) in the 200.

Last year, Davis was the lone regional athlete to advance past the divisional championships, placing third in the 200 (21.40), but missing the cut with the 12th-best mark in the 100 (10.76).

While Davis constitutes the contingent of athletes from Glendale, he’ll be joined by a group of competitors from league rival Crescenta Valley.

The Falcons are bringing five runners, led by dual threats Kayleigh Carrillo and Megan Melnyk.

Carrillo is slated for the Division I 400-meter race at 2:55 and is coming off a third-place effort at the prelims in a mark of 56.95. As for Melnyk, she goes in the 800 at 3:50 after taking seventh (2:16.63) at prelims.

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