By Seth AMITIN
In all the years Crescenta Valley High dominated the Pacific League, their success was predicated on long distance. But it was the short distance and field teams that carried the Falcons in the Pacific League Finals at Glendale High on Friday.
“We’re ready to run today,” said Crescenta Valley Head Coach Mark Evans just before the event. “This should be a good meet.”
And he was right. Jessica Beerman, Tiernan Hebron, Andrew Roide and Melanie Samvalian each won individual league titles while Hebron, Stacy Carlos, Carli Opland and Cali King won the 4 by 400.
“We’re pumped to be here today,” said Crescenta Valley triple-jumper Levi Walker. “This is what the whole season’s been about.”
Beerman was the big winner for the Falcons, earning two league titles. She first conquered the girls’ 100-meter dash (12.30 Aseconds) and then took first in the 200-meter dash (25.96).
Hebron, likewise, took first in the girls’ 400 with a 59.62 finish, just barely edging Burbank’s Gina Levitt (59.79). They were the only two to finish under one minute.
Hebron then followed up with Carlos, Opland and King for the girls’ 4 by 400 title, finishing in 4:03.70.
King also came in third in the 800 meters. Anneke Kakebeen finished in second in the 1,600 and Claudia Pham finished in second in the 3,200. Both fell to Arcadia’s CatrinaMcAlister.
Samvalian and Roide then took to the field events. Samvalian nailed the girls’ shot put with a huge 37-foot 10.5-inch throw. She bested second-best Tu Tram Nguyen of Arcadia by more than three feet. Samvalian also came in second in the discus (87-9).
Roide then narrowly won the boys’ high jump with a 6-6 jump, just edging Pasadena’s Todd Barnes.
CV had a number of boys finish in second place as well.
Bryan Yaung finished in second in the boys’ triple jump with a 42-5 leap, about a foot short of Arcadia’s Izzy Naeem. Nick Psaltis (46-4) finished just a few inches behind Muir’s Allen Leggett (46-10) in the boys’ shot put—both were well above third place-finisher Labib Damouni’s 40-3 throw.
The boys’ 4 by 100 relay team finished in second as well, as James Maturan, Walker, Parker Averill and Yaung raced to a 44.23-second finish. Pasadena’s Cleo Bates, Chris Fuqua, Nick Escoe and Michael Dennis too first place (42.23).
CV’s Zack Bolonick placed third in the boys’ pole vault (11-06), just behind Arcadia’s Andrew Win (12-00). Burroughs’ Austin Allen took the event with a remarkable 14-00 vault.