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Michael Davis, Megan Melnyk, Caleb Simmeth advance to Masters

Track and field: Trio of local runners move from division finals to Masters Meet.

May 18, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • St. Francis hurdler Caleb Simmeth, left, advanced to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet.
St. Francis hurdler Caleb Simmeth, left, advanced to… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

WALNUT — While Saturday afternoon marked the conclusion of the season for the majority of local competitors, Glendale High’s Michael Davis, Crescenta Valley’s Megan Melnyk and St. Francis’ Caleb Simmeth proved themselves masters of advancing at the CIF Southern Section Divisional Track and Field Championships at Mt. San Antonio College.

All three competitors qualified to the following week’s Masters Meet at Cerritos College by posting a qualifying finish.

Maybe there was no surprise that Davis, a state qualifier, would advance in the 200-meter run.

The BYU-bound senior recovered from a disappointing effort in the 100 by finishing second in Division I in the 200 with a mark of 21.39 seconds.

“I just got a better start this time,” Davis said. “I got off the blocks really quick and was able to run.”

Davis bested his divisional time of 21.40 from last season and took runner-up to Upland sophomore Myles Valentine (21.06) in the division, while finishing fourth overall.

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Davis had hoped to advance to Masters in two events, but had a rough start out of the block in the 100 and did not recover in taking fourth overall in 10.77, well off his seeded mark of 10.59.

“I didn’t start well,” Davis said of his 100. “There’s nothing really else to say.”

Perhaps it’s fair to say that both Melnyk’s and Simmeth’s advancements were pleasant surprises.

The Falcons’ sophomore shaved more than three seconds of her seeded mark in the Division I 800-meter run in finishing fourth with a personal-record mark of 2 minutes, 13.34 seconds.

“This is what I’ve wanted all season, this was the goal,” Melnyk said. “I’ve work hard to get down my personal record and to advance to Masters and I can’t believe I did.”

Melnyk was in seventh after the first turn, but overtook three competitors during the final 300 meters in finishing fourth overall.

“I knew I had to go with 300 meters left and was going to give it everything,” Melnyk added.

As for Simmeth, the Golden Knights’ hurdler was in limbo after finishing fourth in the Division III 110-meter hurdles in a personal record of 14.63 seconds.

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