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By Jeff Tully | July 14, 2006
Ginny English had a decision to make prior to her junior year at Burbank High. She had just completed her sophomore season with the Bulldog track and field team in which she set a lower-division school record in the girls' pole vault. Things looked set for her final two seasons in track, as she had her sights set on breaking the varsity pole vault mark. The only problem was English was also a member of the Burbank choir, and singing had become an important part of her life.
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By Charles Rich | August 26, 2006
GLENDALE ? It took less than a year before Matt Tappin suffered his first concussion. Then 11 months old, Tappin was on his concrete driveway at his Altadena home when his Rottweiler, Fred, knocked him over while chasing a squirrel. Tappin said he hit the back of his head on the driveway, leading to his initial concussion. What Tappin, who starred in football and track and field at Flintridge Prep before moving on to Washington University in St. Louis, couldn't fathom was that he would suffer at least 10 more concussions over an 18-year stretch.
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By Gabriel Rizk | May 8, 2010
GLENDALE — One of the best seasons in program history for Holy Family’s track and field came to an end on Friday. Competing in the Horizon League finals at Cantwell Sacred Heart in Montebello, the Gaels did not capture any individual league titles and failed to qualify any athletes or relay teams for the CIF Southern Section prelims. But with a league team tri-title already in hand, the school’s first since 1992, Coach Robert Bringas said it was a season of great accomplishment for the Gaels nonetheless.
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By Gabriel Rizk | May 24, 2010
NORWALK — Having overachieved all year in putting together a highly competitive season that culminated in qualifying five athletes for the CIF finals, the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy track and field team could have been happy just to be at the 2010 CIF Southern Section Track & Field Divisional Finals at Cerritos College on Saturday. The Tologs came to race, though, and put a fitting exclamation point on the end of a surprising campaign with a fifth-place finish by sophomores Drew Washington and Stephanie Vargas and freshmen Daelyn Moon and Noelle Niederhaus in the Division IV 4x400-yard relay to close a day that also saw sophomore standout Paulina Antaplyan close out her rookie season with two personal records and another pair of fifth-place finishes in her individual events.
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By Andrew Shortall | May 19, 2012
NORWALK — Cecilia Nicolas hoped to break the Glendale Community College women's track and field record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but winning was the only thing on her mind in the middle of the race. Nicolas hit both marks, as she took first and bested the previous record by about four seconds with a time of 11 minutes 06.26 seconds Saturday in the 2012 California Community College Athletic Assn. Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College. "I wanted to break the school record, but at the same time, I wasn't worried about the time, just go and push to the end," Nicolas said.
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By Dylan Kruse | June 2, 2008
NORWALK — On June 2, 1979, at Sacramento’s Hughes Stadium, then Glendale High senior Lee Balkin turned in the greatest high jump performance ever to be recorded at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Twenty-nine years later, his record-breaking leap of 7 feet, 3 1/4 inches still stands as the meet record. For his efforts, Balkin was one of four athletes honored in a special ceremony prior to the start of Saturday’s 90th version of the state championships at Cerritos College.
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By Charles Rich | March 22, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - Though the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis High track and field teams lost in a Mission League dual meet Thursday afternoon to Alemany at St. Francis, the Tologs and Golden Knights opted to look ahead toward the end of the regular season. Flintridge Sacred Heart is looking for its athletes to gradually reduce their times leading up to the Mission League final in early May. While St. Francis showed some signs of fatigue while taking part in their fourth league meet in as many weeks, there may be good news on the horizon for the Golden Knights in their bid to get back on track.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 2, 2011
VALLEY GLEN — Strategy can go a long way for Neil Jones. When pounding the all-weather tracks across Southern California, there's many things to consider for the Glendale Community College men's track and field athlete. Even the smallest detail can make the slightest difference. Jones shook off the hot weather in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, winning two individual events to help Glendale college win the men's portion of a six-team Western State Conference meet Friday afternoon at L.A. Valley College.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | March 18, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — The Crescenta Valley High track and field team's dual-meet Pacific League opener on Thursday afternoon was a numbers game — the Falcons had them and the visiting Muir Mustangs didn't. It was a landslide on the girls' side, 115-10, while the boys' team enjoyed a closer, but still rather one-sided, 81-43 margin to open league with a win, the first for both teams on the season. "They just don't have a lot depth right now," Crescenta Valley Coach Mark Evans said of Muir.
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By Andrew J. Campa | June 2, 2012
CLOVIS - Although he didn't walk away with a top three medal, Glendale High junior Michael Davis earned something he can carry with him into next season. Davis can consider himself one of the state's best athletes, having advanced to Saturday's final day of the prep track and field season at the CIF State Championships at Buchanan High after finishing seventh in the 200-meter run with a time of 21.82 seconds. "I didn't do my best, so I'm a little disappointed," Davis said.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
While competing in the Western State Conference championships, the members of the Glendale Community College men's and women's track and field teams had something more to fend off besides their opponents Friday. With a howling and frigid wind blowing throughout the majority of the meet at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, many of the Vaqueros were able to successfully conquer the opposition and the conditions. It turned out to be a big day in particular for Glendale women's distance runner Lizzy Nelson, who won a pair of events and helped the Vaqueros win the overall team competition.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
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.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
LA CRESCENTA - A strong regular season will go without one big prize for the Crescenta Valley High girls' track and field team. The Falcons entered Tuesday afternoon's regular season-ending Pacific League track meet versus Arcadia hoping to dethrone the champions at home. Despite a few strong efforts, the Falcons came up short, 83-53, to finish runner-up to eight-time titlist Arcadia, which also won the boys' meet, 82-54. “Hey, the girls did a great job, they have nothing to be ashamed of,” Falcons Coach Mark Evans said.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
ARCADIA - While top efforts were at a premium at the 47th annual Arcadia Invitational Track and Field Meet, that didn't stop a handful of athletes from Crescenta Valley, Flintridge Prep and St. Francis high schools from thriving Saturday afternoon. Three entrants posted top-five finishes, led by the Crescenta Valley boys' distance medley team. The distance medley event, which calls for a relay format of a 1,200-meter run, 400, 800 and 1,600, was run by the Falcons' foursome of senior Nick Beatty, sophomore Armin Cardenas-Nuno and seniors Matt Manalo and Gabe Collison, respectively.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
ARCADIA - Reactions and accomplishments certainly differed for the several area athletes who competed on the first day of the 47th annual Arcadia Invitational Track and Field Meet at Arcadia High on Friday evening. For the Flintridge Prep boys' seeded 4x1,600-meter relay team, Friday was about redemption and rivalry. The Rebels finished third in 17 minutes, 54.66 seconds, but would have been happy in any position, just as long as it was ahead of heated state Division V cross-country rival Alameda St. Joseph (23rd, 18:35.69)
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
Glendale school officials celebrated the completion of the Hoover High track-and-field renovations last week, ushering in a new era for the school that has finally attained what other Glendale and neighboring high schools have - a level playing field. The $2-million renovation, built using Measure S funds, included new lighting, restrooms, a rubber-track surface and field turf. Also, the field was made level, replacing its prior uneven and patchy qualities. Former Hoover High athlete AC Metallinos, who now coaches the varsity girls' soccer team, remembers the field's centrally located hump and patchy grass when he played for the Tornadoes from 1998 to 2001.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
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.
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From Staff Reports | March 29, 2014
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD Glendale Community College at Western State Conference Inland Meet: The Vaqueros picked up a victory at the meet at Bakersfield College on Friday afternoon, outlasting West Los Angeles, 169-162. Elizabeth Nelson led the way for Glendale in winning the 1,500-meter (4:54.72) and 3,000-meter runs (11:07.41), while Lizette Gonzalez took the 800 (2:19.93) on the track. Aisiah Tuiasosopo paced the Vaqueros field squad in picking up a double victory in the discus (37.29 meter)
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 14, 2014
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.
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