By Leonard COUTIN
Coming off spring break, it was evident early on that the CVHS Falcons were not well prepared when facing the Burbank Bulldogs, who hosted the second scoring Pacific League dual track and field on Thursday. The Bulldogs boys dominated the contest to score a total of 14 gold wins to the Falcons’ two. But a small ray of sunshine was found in the Falcons’ distance squad.
The Falcon boys scored their only three-way win in the 1600m race. A strong showing was led by Colin FitzGerald, who ran 4:31.3, followed by teammates Philip Thomas and Kyle Dickinson. At the Meet of the Champion Distant Classic, Thomas took second in the 1600m (4:34.6), while teammate Dickinson claimed third (4:34.6). FitzGerald later won the 800m (2:05.5) and Robert McNelis took third (2:12.3).
CV’s Arthur Akopyan placed second in the shot put with a throw of 47-10.5 and Jon Lapides tied at 5-8 in the high jump.
CV had many of its athletes score valuable third place points against Burbank. Shawn Grinnell ran 52.9 in the 400m, Hye Kwang Kim ran 11.6 in the 100m, junior Brandon Budwig ran 24.0 in the 200, senior Walker Smith vaulted 11-0 in the pole vault and Jonathan Lee jumped 19-11 in the long jump. All captured third place for the Falcons.
Kenny Kang gave the Falcons two second place finishes, running 110HH in 16.2 and the 300IH in 41.4 behind the Bulldogs’ Martin Swan. Swan won three races, the 110HH (14.9), 300IH (40.4) and the100m (11.1). Additional strength for Burbank came from senior Noah Powell who won the high jump (5-10), long jump (21-4) and the triple jump (42-9.5). Mitchell Asio won the shot put (48-0.5) and the discus (143-10). The Bulldogs won both relays, the 4×100 (45.5) and the 4×400 (3:36.2) to put the final pressure on the Falcons.
Final boys score: Burbank 103 vs. CV 33.
The Falcon girls won five of their 11 events against the Bulldogs. CV girls won the first event of the afternoon, the 4×100 relay, with a time of 51.9. Alisa Shinn returned to the track after a successful basketball season and made her presence known by winning two solid golds for her team – one in the shot put with a throw of 35-5 and the other in the discus, throwing 98-7.
Elizabeth Filipian won the 100 hurdles in 15.5 and teammate Jestena Galvan captured third place with a time of 17.8. Claire Codding won the high jump (4-10). Clair Schlueter, who has been a strong provider of points for the Falcons, took second in the 100m (13.1), scored a second in the triple jump (33-6.5) and placed third in the long jump (15-5.5).
Jessy Shelton placed third in the 100m running 13.1. Grace McAuley took second in the 1600m (5.23.50) behind distance champion Bulldog Candela Fernandez who won both the 1600m (5:19.8) and the 3200m (12:08.3) and ran in the 4×400 relay. McAuley came back to inspire teammate Nalia Ortiz’s first win in the 800m running 2:29.5, McAuley took second (2:31.3). Hannah Weingarten placed second in the 400m (70.6) and teammate Madison McDonough took third in a time of (74.8).
Emily Perkins did her part to vault 8-6 to take second, while teammate Sydney Pontius placed third at 8-0. Burbank strong pole-vaulter Michaela Teixeira won with 9-0. Junior Kelly Im took a second position in the 200 running 27.6. Jestena Galvan also placed second in the 300H (50.1) followed by teammate Jennifer Saengsri (51.5).
Burbank triple gold winner of the day was junior Haleigh Cusumano, who won the 100m (12.6), 200m (26.3) and the long jump (16-3). Junior Kira Bochard proved to be another valuable dual winner for the Bulldogs, winning the 400m (1:01.9) and the 300H (48.2) and participating in the 4×400 relay.
Final girls’ score: Burbank 77 vs. CV 59.
The Falcons will next meet at the Arcadia Invitational on April 8-9 at Arcadia High School.