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Crescenta Valley High track and field opens Pacific League cluster meet with wins over Burbank, Hoover

Track and field: Falcons take both boys' and girls' meets, while Bulldogs are second, Tornadoes third.

March 13, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa,
  • Crescenta Valley High's Megan Melnyk and Burbank's Candela Fernandez battle in the mile in a Pacific League cluster track meet between Crescenta Valley, Burbank and Hoover at Crescenta Valley on Thursday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's Megan Melnyk and Burbank's…

LA CRESCENTA — In a Pacific League track and field cluster meet that was more rust-shaker than showdown, host Crescenta Valley High showed off its depth and may have signaled its intent for a title run after sweeping Burbank and Hoover on Thursday afternoon.

PHOTOS: Dual track meet between Crescenta Valley, Burbank, and Hoover

The Falcons’ boys defeated runner-up Burbank, 72-64, while the girls’ fended off the Bulldogs, 78-71. Both squads handled Hoover by 100-plus point margins.

“Our goal is to win a league championship, but today, at least for me, it was about just getting back to running,” said Falcons junior Megan Melnyk, who competed in the 1,600-meter run, 800 and 1,600-meter relay. “I don’t want to put pressure on myself to match my best times from last year right now because that will only mess me up.”

Melnyk, a CIF Southern Section Masters qualifier in the 800, took home a pair of individual victories in the 800, in 2 minutes, 23 seconds, and in the 1,600 (5:17.5), as she held off cross-country rival Candela Fernandez (5:20.5) of Burbank.


While Melnyk didn’t receive as strong a challenge in the 800, she was back and forth with the Bulldogs’ sophomore in the 1,600, as each was at the other’s hip through the first 2 1/2 laps before Melnyk started to separate.

Melnyk’s victory in the both the 800 and 1,600 weren’t a surprise nor was the all-around dominant effort from Burbank football standout James Williams.

The junior won three events and had a fourth victory taken away when his 400-relay team lost due to a violation.

Nonetheless, the setback hardly stopped Williams, who drew the oohs and ahhs from the crowd when he won the 100-meter dash in 11.22.

“My goal today was just to get first in everything,” said Williams, who then quietly won both the long jump (19 feet, 8 inches) and the triple jump (40-8). “By the end of the season, I’d love to beat both the triple jump and long jump school records and think I can do it.”

Williams was one of a few multiple-event winners for the Bulldogs and was joined by senior Andy Hurtado and sophomore Josh Cantong.

Hurtado was in a class all his own, as the thrower cruised to victories in the shot put (42-9) and discus (156-11), while Cantong used Thursday’s meet as a league-coming-out party, as the sprinter won both the 200 (22.62) and 400 (50.65).

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