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Local Athletes Compete in League Finals

First published in the May 5 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys and girls teams competed in the Rio Hondo League track and field finals at South Pasadena High School last Friday.
Arielle McKenzie (2:15.69), Katelyn Matarese (2:23.05) and Yasmin Ghaneh (2:23.91) finished first, second and third, respectively, in the girls’ 800 meters, while Catherine Mispagel (2:33.30) and Sophia Ponce (2:46.71) placed fifth and ninth, respectively. Arielle McKenzie earned a first-place finish in the 1,600 with a 5:02.94 time, while Caitlin Roehmholdt (5:28.36) placed fifth. The 4×400 team of Grace Paton, Matarese, Brittany Rivas and Arielle Mckenzie won with a 4:09.00 time, while the 4×100 relay team of Kaitlyn Creighton, Katie McGuinness, Paton and Rivas placed second with a 52.25 time. Matarese (11:27.31) and Roehmholdt (12:28.96) placed third and eighth, respectively, in the 3,200. Paton (61.82), Alexa DeBrouwer (67.87) and Ria Mandal (69.86) placed third, fifth and sixth in the 400. McGuinness finished fifth by running a 13.17 in the 100. Rivas (17.01) and Creighton (18.05) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles, while Rivas (48.42) placed third in the 300 hurdles.
In the field events, McGuinness claimed a second-place finish with a 16-04.00 mark in the long jump, while Katelyn Hung (14-05.00 mark) placed fifth. Chiara Matuska (4-03.00 mark) placed third in the high jump, while Mia DiConti also placed third in the pole vault with a 9-00.00 mark. Claudia Plocher (32-05.00 mark) and Hung (29-05.50 mark) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the triple jump, while Brooke Gilchrest placed second in the shot put with a 30-09.00 mark.
LCHS boys’ standouts included Mentoa McKenzie, who won the 400 meters with a 50.87 time, while Jamie Saunders (52.71) placed third. The 4×100 team of Zain Bangash, Mentoa McKenzie, Ulee Day and Corey Cheung placed second with a 43.72 time, while the boys 4×400 team of Samuel Parks, Saunders, Ethan Lee and Mentoa McKenzie also claimed a second-place finish with a 3:30.06 time.
Lee took second place in the 800 with a 1:59.67 time. Bangash (11.07) and Cheung (11.48) placed second and fifth, respectively, in the 100-meter dash, while Day (11.78) claimed seventh place. Parks placed third in the 110-meter hurdles with a 16.80 time while also placing fourth in the 300 hurdles with a 42.71 time. Bangash (22.64), Mentoa McKenzie (22.84) and Cheung (23.75) placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200. Max Smith (10:03.32) claimed second place in the 3,200, while Siraaj Sandhu (4:57.03) placed seventh in the 1,600.
In the field events, Daniel Aurther posted a second-place finish with a 10-06.00 mark in the pole vault, while Kamran Samudrala (9-06.00 mark) and Chase Kelly (9-00.00 mark) placed third and fourth, respectively. Day (19-05.50 mark) placed fourth in the long jump, while Joven Torres (18-03.00 mark) and Tyler Callahan (J18-03.00 mark) placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Torres (J38-00.50 mark) placed third in the triple jump while Callahan (35-06.00) and Andrew Berry (31-00.00 mark) placed 10th and 11th, respectively. Brandon Goldsby posted a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a 39-08.00 mark, while Sam Shrinsky (26-08.00 mark) finished 14th.

FLINTRIDGE PREP
Flintridge Prep’s varsity girls’ team finished as Prep League runners-up with 79 total points, while the Wolves varsity boys’ team finished third with 40 total points.
Chase Sullivan earned a first-place finish in the girls’ 400 meters with a 1:02.17 time, while the trio of Jenna Moutes (1:05.53), Dagny Marion (1:06.27) and Halia Benn (1:09.38) each set new PRs in third, fourth and sixth, respectively. A pair of Wolves posted new PRs in the girls’ 100-meter dash as Valentina Mancilla (12.96) and Briar Bryant (13.60) placed first and fourth, respectively.
Sullivan (27.19) and Mancilla (27.83) placed first and second in the 200, Briar Bryant (28.93) finished fifth and Caydence Ackers (29.26) earned seventh. The team of Mancilla, Moutes, Marion and Chloe Bryant placed third in the 4×400 meter relay with a 4:30.51 time. Hailey Wilson (2:46.36) and Nicole Mirzaian (2:48.51) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 800 while Sarah Rude (7:02.65) placed seventh in the girls 1,600.
In the field events, Sullivan earned first in the triple jump with a 34-10.50 mark while placing second with a 16-0.25 mark in the long jump.
The Flintridge Prep boys were led by William Bigby, who earned a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash with an 11.31 winning time, Marvin Furuta (11.54) and Tenzin Walker (11.80) posted new PRs as they finished third and fifth, respectively, and Nnamdi Nwaenia (12.46) placed eighth.
Kevin Martinez placed first in the 300 hurdles with a 43.61 time. The team of Bigby, William Boyd, Ryan Ginn and Martinez placed first in the boys 4×400 meter relay with a 3:38.31 time. Bigby posted a new PR in the 200 with a 23.19 time and second place finish, while Walker (24.47), Furuta (24.77) and Nwaenia (24.97) placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Ginn earned a PR in the 400 by finishing second with a 53.32 time, Boyd (54.39) placed third, Martino Porcu earned sixth (57.37), Malcolm Cook tallied a PR with a 57.50 time and CJ Sullivan (1:02.06) finished eighth. Ludovico Cordora collected a new PR with a 2:22.36 time and seventh-place finish in the 800. Bryan Taniguchi (5:12.58) posted a new PR in the 1,600 with a ninth-place finish. Miles Craven (11:59.63) and Carl Li (12:25.29) placed 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 3,200, while the latter set a new PR in the event.
In the field events, Martinez (38-9.50 mark) set a new PR with his second-place finish in the triple jump.

FLINTRIDGE SACRED HEART
The FSHA varsity girls’ team recently competed in the Mission League finals at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
Izzy Mozillo (2:34.88) finished first in the 800-meter run, while Paige Perkins (2:46.72), Michelle Houser (2:51.66) and Jadyn Walsh (2:51.75) placed sixth, eighth and ninth, respectively. Luella Hood (64.85) placed second in the 400 while Morgan Birkett (67.30) and Aideen Alpuerto (67.85) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Sachiko Kaneko-Grun (13.31) and Sofia Parker (13.82) placed third and seventh, respectively, in the 100-meter dash, while Kaneko-Grun (27.92) finished fourth in the 200. Annie Ramirez (6:06.89) and Erika Caballero (6:19.76) claimed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,600, Eva Lopez (6:39.92) placed 10th and Maya Ismail (7:28.87) finished 14th. Adelina Van Dyck (13:23.57) and Mari Owen (13:35.62) finished third and fourth in the 3,200-meter run, while Abby Schad (14:47.09) placed sixth. The Tologs’ 4×400 team of Alpuerto, Paige Perkins, Josie Perkins and Hood placed fourth with a 4:54.79 race time.

ST. FRANCIS
The Golden Knights recently competed in the Mission League finals at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
Dario Rock (14.24) earned first in the 110-meter hurdles while Milo Orona (16.02) placed seventh. Rock also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a 40.19 time. Luke Metcalf (1:58.97) placed fourth in the 800. Hayden Owen (4:23.23) and Metcalf (4:24.82) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1,600, while Samuel Franco (4:31.34) finished ninth. Owen (9:36.47), Franco (9:59.01), Noe Barraza (10:10.24), Timothy Parisi (10:39.52) and Aidan Guzman (10:50.30) finished the 3,200 in fourth, ninth, 14th, 16th and 20th, respectively. The 4×100 relay team of Orona, Rock, Andrew Howard and Drushun Phillips finished sixth with a 46.22 time, while the 4×400 relay team of Metcalf, Owen Masayon, Owen and Clint Geryak also finished sixth with a 3:46.39 time.
In the field events, Geryak (14-05.00 mark) finished first in the pole vault, while Orona (J6-00.00 mark) and Leland Lieberg (5-10.00 mark) finished second and third, respectively, in the high jump. Rock (21-03.50 mark) and Orona (20-10.50 mark) finished third and sixth, respectively, while Logan Collazo (17-03.25 mark) and Phillips (15-02.75 mark) placed 23rd and 27th, respectively, in the long jump. In the triple jump, Lieberg (41-11.50 mark) and Collazo (33-05.50 mark) placed fourth and 15th, respectively. Preston Jernegan (46-09.00 mark) finished fourth, Phillip Ocon (40-02.00 mark), Racin Delgatty (39-10.50 mark) and Nasir Tatum (38-00.00 mark) placed fourth, 15th, 16th and 20th, respectively, in the shot put.

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