By Leonard COUTIN
In Arcadia on Tuesday, the battle for Pacific League championship was underway. The Apaches and Falcons both took the field with a 6-0 winning streak, ready to square off for the title. Though a tough contest, the CV Falcons fell to the Apaches with Arcadia sweeping both the boys and girls varsity teams. The Arcadia boys won 99.5-36.5 and the girls won 77-59.
There were many events that CV penciled out on paper to win but it did not go according to plan. The Arcadia boys relay 4×100 team won the relay (43.92) to CV’s second (44:37). The Apaches powerhouse middle and distance team, which had won the state title championship in cross-country, continued to out perform the Falcons in all their races.
Arcadia standout Ammar Moussa, state champion, continued to rally his team to victories throughout the day. Arcadia swept the first three places in the 1600m. Apaches Charles Marriott won first place (4:34.84), second Allen Leung and Ammar Moussa taking third. Falcon Bob Anderson pulled up fourth (4:38.92) and teammate David Owens fifth (4:41.97).
In the 3200m Arcadia again held a triple victory to shake up the distance results. Arcadia won first and second in the 800 as well with Apache Charles Marriott in first (1:58.93), second by Allen Leung (2:00.18) and CV’s Mike Duncan taking third (2:00.44).
CV’s Josh Straschewski did what he has done all season, winning the 110HH (15:86) followed by Nick Ruiz second (16:81) Arcadia’s Joseph Chan in third (17.26). Ruiz came back and won the 300H (44.27) while Arcadia took second and third places.
CV’s Tom Hwang placed second in the high jump (6’0’) and in third was Ruiz (5’8”). Andrew Roide failed to clear the opening height at 6’.
Arcadia continued to put pressure on the CV field event participants, winning the first three places in the pole vault. In the boys long jump, CV Bryan Yaung took third (19’11. 25”), then grabbed second in the triple jump (41’ 6.50”) with Levi Walker nabbing third (41’1. 50).
The Falcon sprint team did its best to fight off Arcadia with Falcon James Maturan winning the 100m (11.50), and teammate Parker Averill taking a close second (11.54) to Arcadia’s Everett Frazier third (11:70).
Apache Gavin Carpenter won the 200m (23:01) with CV’s Maturan taking second (23:09) and Averill winning third (23:18).
Arcadia also excelled in the 400m winning first with Anthony Moseley (51:24) and second. CV’s Dylan Devens took third (53:63).
Arcadia won the 4×1600 relay to clinch the title.
Coach Mark Evans expected a tough fight.
“On the boys side we knew that they were very deep in the distances. They are also deeper in some of the field events. There was not much we could do about that,” he said. “We tried to get as many points in sprints and hurdles as we could. I thought we competed well. We went 2-3 in the triple jump with Levi and Bryan both going over 41-0. [Arcadia’s] guy went 44-0.
“James and Parker scored well in the sprints and we got a 1-2 in the 110HH and a win in the 300IH. Nick Ruiz helped out and scored points in the hurdles and high jump. They were just too deep.”
Although the CV girls did not win the meet, there were many fine performances by the Falcon team.
CV won the 4×100 relay in 55.37. Strong performances by Jessica Beerman garnered her wins in both the 100m (12. 69) and 200m dash (25.64).
Tiernan Hebron took first in the 400m (1:00.18) followed by teammate Kayleigh Carrillo taking second (1:00.28).
Cali King took first in the 1600 (5:19.10) followed by Anneke Kakebeen in second (5:21.10).
Diane Lombardi placed third in the 800 (2:22.48). Claudia Pham won the 3200M (11:34.62). Claudia Sepulveda led her teammates to a tripe win in the 100LH (16.79), Laura White second (17.90) and Eileen Martin third (18:44).
Later Sepulveda won the 300LH in (48.69), Arcadia’s Lauren Pulcciano placed second (51.19) and Falcon Laura White nabbed third (52.42).
Maple Jones place third in the triple jump (32’ 2”) where Arcadia went first and second.
Arcadia later tripled in the long jump, shot put, pole vault, and discus events that hurt the Falcons’ total points standing of the day.
“For the girls there are a couple field events we are not very deep in and got beat there,” commented Evans. “The 1-2 in the 400 was huge as was sweeping the 100HH. We also went 1-2 in the 1600 and had wins in the 100 and 200 and a 2-3 in the triple jump.
“We were right with them until a couple field events came in that we are not deep in. We need to develop those areas and it will take a little time. We competed well. I stressed that we needed to come and compete and that is what every person on our team did. I am proud of our team.”
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