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Glendale High track and field teams topple Hoover, retain Bronze Bowl

Track and field: Nitros garner sweep of rival Tornadoes in Pacific League dual meet at Hoover.

April 23, 2014|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Glendale High track and field ran past Hoover on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Glendale High track and field ran past Hoover on Wednesday,… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

GLENDALE — Instead of collecting the Bronze Bowl and gathering with it at midfield for a postmeet celebration, the members of the Glendale High boys’ and girls’ track and field teams opted for something a bit different.

Shortly after the Nitros picked up the shiny trophy from the scorer’s table, the Nitros took a victory lap around the new all-weather track at Hoover.

PHOTOS: Hoover vs. Glendale in league dual track meet

There were plenty of participants responsible for Glendale’s success, including girls’ senior sprinter Kenya Gaskin.

Gaskin won a pair of sprints and teamed up to help Glendale win two relays in Glendale’s 116-19 Pacific League victory against rival Hoover. In the boys’ portion of the meet, Matthew Aldana and Julius Santos each had a pair of first-place efforts to lift Glendale to an 87-49 win.
Glendale retained custody of the Bronze Bowl — given to the school with the most total points at the Hoover-Glendale meet — with a 203-68 win. The Nitros improved to 15-0 in the history of the bowl.

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“Its always fun to go out there and compete, especially against your rival,” said the Cal State Northridge-bound Gaskin, who won the 100-meter dash in 13.16 seconds and the 200 in 27.31. “We are happy to win and keep the bowl.

“The 100 is my favorite race. If you do good, it can then set the tone for the rest of the meet. I was able to lead from the start [in the 100] and just stay relaxed.”

Glendale (4-4, 3-4 in league) seemed to feed off of Gaskin’s performances en route to turning aside Hoover (1-6 overall and in league). Gaskin worked with Abby Pajulas, Vard Sargsyan and Margie Faustino to capture the 4x100 relay in 51.71 before closing out the meet by grouping with Pajulas, Leanna Setian and Sargsyan to win the 4x400 relay in 4:22.

Glendale second-year Coach Andrew Dakopolos said Gaskin provided the Nitros with energy throughout the meet.

“I think her 100 race helped set the tone,” Dakopolos said. “She was also ready to come right back for the 200.

“Knowing the tradition and history of Glendale, we are trying to go out there and build our own history and have a cohesive program.”

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