By Leonard COUTIN
The Pacific League rivalry between the Crescenta Valley High School Falcons and the Burbank Bulldogs reached its height when CV hosted its second tri meet that included Muir High School on April 8.
The Bulldogs came onto the field stung by a loss to Arcadia despite the Bulldogs running personal best times in the 1600 relay. But the Apaches managed to put the heat on to win the day doubling the efforts of Burbank to have a strong showing at CV.
The Falcon boys had one tie and scored six gold wins against the Bulldogs’ nine. Noteworthy performances by the CV boys came from junior Kyle Dickinson in the 1600 (4:37), senior Dashel Dupey in the pole vault jump (12’6”), junior Kenny Kong 110H (15.8), senior Manav Vats 3200 (9:54.73), junior Arthur Akopyan shot put of (46’5), and senior Chris Cabrera long jump (21-4). A tie in the 800m came from junior Armin Cardenas with an outstanding finishing effort against Burbank’s Noah Navar.
Final score Burbank 77 to CV 67.
The Falcon girls’ winning streak came to an end with key victories by Burbank as well several second and third place finishes. Every point by Burbank would be needed to overcome the Falcons.
Missing were CV’s premium athletes, hurdler Sammie Phinney and distance runner Haley Witzeman. But Burbank’s star, state champion runner Candela Fernandez, who runs both the 1600 and 3200, was out as well with a fractured arm that happened after a fall at the Redondo Nike Invitational Meet.
Dual gold wins for the Falcons came from senior Megan Melnyk winning the 1600m (5:20.9) and 800m (2:21) and junior Alisa Shinn in the discus (96-5) and the shot put (35-11). Other gold wins were from senior Emmie Walker in the high jump ((5-2), senior Courtney Iannello 400m dash (1:01.9), junior Elizabeth Filipian in the 100H (16:18) and senior Grace Keller who placed second in both the 100H (16.88) and the 300H (48.41). Sophomore Claire Schlueter snagged gold in the long jump (15-8) and placed second in triple jump (33-1½).
Final score Burbank 74 to CV 62.