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Flintridge Prep's Weiss vaults to new heights

Track and field: Junior sets new school record on afternoon in which both Rebels' teams fall to rival Poly.

April 03, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep junior Ashley Lara wins the girls' 1600-meter race in 5 minutes, 27.40 seconds at a Prep League track & field cluster meet at La Cañada High on Thursday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Flintridge Prep junior Ashley Lara wins the girls'…

LA CAÑADA — A laid back afternoon produced three unexpected results for the Flintridge Prep track and field program at the team’s Prep League cluster meet Thursday afternoon at La Cañada High.

Upstart league rival Pasadena Poly upset the Rebels in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions, 79-56 and 83-70, respectively, on a day in which Flintridge Prep junior Gareth Weiss set the school’s all-time record in the pole vault.

“Sometimes it’s actually a good thing to lose and I really hope this serves as motivation to the team, particularly to the younger athletes who haven’t experienced defeat,” Rebels Coach Nick Ponticello said. “The format was a little different today and that’s good, it mixes it up for our kids, but at the same time reminds them of who is good in league.”

Flintridge Prep, Poly, Mayfield and Vivian Webb participated in the meet that was highlighted by Weiss’ performance.

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Less than a week earlier, brother Barrett Weiss set the school record in the pole vault with a vault of 14 feet, 1 1/2 inches at the Pasadena Games on Saturday afternoon.

While Barrett Weiss sat out Thursday’s meet, Gareth soared in hitting his second attempt at 14-6 and setting a new school record.

“For me and my brother, this record means a lot because we’re always competing and we’ve been so back and forth,” said Gareth, who attempted one try at 14-9 before missing and bowing out. “Barrett beat me last meet and that was great for him, but today was my turn.”

It was an unorthodox day overall for Gareth, who also finished second in the 100-meter dash (11.78) and tied for third in his 200 (24.49) debut.

“Gareth and Barrett have been blowing away their records over and over again, so I’m getting used to seeing this,” Ponticello said. “I’m most excited about this one because 14-6 is a big mark, one that really counts at CIF.”

The closer of the two competitions between Flintridge Prep and Poly took place on the girls’ side with the Panthers winning by 13 points on the strength of taking seven of 15 events (there was no discus), while Prep claimed four victories and third-place Mayfield, which finished with 46 points, also tallied four triumphs.

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