Burbank, Crescenta Valley High split Pacific League track and field cluster meet

Track and field: Falcons take girls' meets, Burbank boys cruise, while Hoover is third.

March 14, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa,

LA CRESCENTA — In a Pacific League track and field cluster meet that was more rust-shaker than showdown, the Crescenta Valley High girls and Burbank boys showed off depth and may have signaled their intent for a title run after splitting action Thursday afternoon in a meet that also involved Hoover High.

The Bulldogs’ boys rolled to a 103-33 win over the Falcons, who turned around and won a tight girls’ race over Burbank, 72-64. 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 both the 800 and 1,600 weren’t a surprise nor was the all-around dominant effort from Burbank football standout James Williams, who keyed a big victory.

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 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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