By Seth AMITIN
Last year, or two years ago, this might have been a solid match. But turnovers in Crescenta Valley High’s track and field roster and the emergence of Arcadia’s top talent have changed the landscape in the Pacific League.
Arcadia boys’ and girls’ track and field squads took it to Crescenta Valley on Tuesday, crushing the Falcons by a combined score of 184-88.
The Crescenta Valley girls’ team lost 93-43. Jessica Beerman provided the only event win in track for the Falcons with a 25.7-second finish in the girls’ 200-meter dash.
“I didn’t know how I was going to respond today,” said Beerman, who was coming off a hamstring injury from the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational a few weeks ago.
Beerman set a personal record in all three of her events: the 200, the 100 and the 4 by 100 relay.
“We’ve been training hard,” said Beerman. “We were hoping to do better today, but Arcadia is really good. Everyone did well today and a lot of people set personal records.
“You know, it doesn’t matter if you beat others; if you PR’d, you beat yourself.”
If the Crescenta Valley girls (6-1 in league) had beaten Arcadia (7-0), they would have won the Pacific League title.
Arcadia’s Catrina McAlister led the way for the Apaches, winning the 3,200 (11:43) and 1,600 (5:12) races.
“I just wanted to get points for my team,” McAlister said, adding that she was pacing herself in Tuesday’s race and looks forward to the league finals.
Falcons Carlotta Pham and Cali King came in second in the 3,200 at 11:45 and 1,600 at 5:16 respectively. Brooke Moultrie finished in third in the 3,200.
“Catrina is really good,” Pham said with a smile.
Kristina Gustovich won the high jump for CV, leaping 5 feet, 1/2 inch. Tiernan Hebron placed second in the 400 with a 58.8-second finish. King also finished second in the 800 in 2:21.
On the boys’ side, Crescenta Valley won more events.
Parker Averill, Levi Walker, Bryan Yuang and James Maturan combined to win the boys’ 4 by 100 at 44.7 seconds.
Averill also won the boys’ 100-meter dash at 11.4. Andrew Roide won the high jump for the Falcons, topping the 5 foot 10 mark and Nick Psaltis won the shot put with a 44 foot 5 1/2 throw.
Still, Arcadia’s dominance in the track events won them the match easily.
Apache junior Ammar Moussa won the 800 with ease, finishing in just under two minutes (1:59.03). CV’s Mike Duncan finished in third place with a 2:04 finish.
“I knew they were good, I just had to stick with them as best as I could,” Duncan said after the race. “I’ve done good this year. I’ve improved in my 800 and 400 times. I’m picking up speed.”
“I didn’t run incredibly fast, but I ran comfortably,” Moussa said. “I’ve broken two minutes a few times this year.”
Moussa is aiming to make a splash at CIF State this year.
“Last year, [CV alum Zack] Torres was incredible for them,” Moussa said. “It’s still fun to get out here and have a good run against [Crescenta Valley].”
The Pacific League prelims are Friday. Pacific League finals will be a week from Friday.