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Crescenta Valley High cross-country nabs pair of silvers

Cross-country: Falcons are runner-up to Arcadia, while Burbank, Burroughs, Glendale and Hoover also had solid efforts.

October 17, 2013|By Andrew Campa
  • Crescenta Valley High senior Gabe Collison (center) leads the pack in the early stages of Thursday afternoon's second Pacific League cross-country meet at Crescenta Valley Park on Thursday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High senior Gabe Collison (center)…

LA CRESCENTA — On an afternoon in which the Arcadia High boys’ and girls’ cross-country programs asserted their dominance in the Pacific League, the Crescenta Valley, Burbank and Burroughs teams made significant strides, while Glendale and Hoover turned in admirable efforts at Thursday afternoon’s second Pacific League cross-country meet at Crescenta Valley Park.

PHOTOS: Pacific League cross country meet at Crescenta Valley Park

Some of the more interesting jockeying took place in the girls’ varsity race, where the Apaches defeated the Falcons for their second straight league win, 24-31, via dual-meet scoring while Crescenta Valley held off Burbank, 22-33.

Junior Megan Melnyk led the Falcons in taking second place with a time of 18 minutes, 30.38 seconds, not too far off the pace of race winner Veronica Yamane (18:13.59) of Arcadia.

“I can’t believe how much fun this was,” said Melnyk, who was also runner-up in the league’s first Pacific League race at Arcadia County Park in Sept. 26. “There were a lot of good runners and the course has so many ups and downs. I was just thankful to God that I made it through without injury.”

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Melnyk was in an interesting competition with Burbank’s Candela Fernandez, who also challenged the Falcons’ junior in the first meet.

In fact, Fernandez lead Melnyk though the first 1 1/2 miles, with her biggest advantage a three-second lead one mile into the race.

Yet, Melnyk took advantage of knowing Crescenta Valley’s home course by rallying to pull even at 2 1/4 miles as both girls where on each other’s hips.

Melnyk eventually ran away from Fernandez (third, 18:47.69) over the final 200 meters.

“There was a lot of running up and down the hills, which made this course tough,” Fernandez said, “but I’m happy with my time.”

Melnyk was joined by senior Erika Johnson (fifth, 19:12.59) and junior Haley Witzeman (seventh, 19:29.78) in the top 10, while sophomore Rebecca Mencia (20:24.31) was 11th.

As for the Bulldogs, they had one additional top-10 finisher in senior Arlette Movsesyan (10th, 20:17.82). Burbank senior Daisy Ignacio was 12th (20:24.31).

As for Hoover, the Tornadoes held off Burroughs, 23-32, for fourth place, paced by junior Megan Mirkhanian (18th, 20:59.03)

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