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Heights of success

July 09, 2005

Jeff Tully

For many high school students, the summer is a time to kick back and

forget about hard work.

However, Burbank High girls' track and field athlete Ginny English

is spending her time away from school trying to improve in her

performance in the pole vault.

"I did take a couple of weeks off after the season ended a little

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while ago," said English, who just concluded her junior season.

"I needed a little time to relax. Things got kind of hectic toward

the end of last season."

English had a fine 2005 campaign, breaking a school record,

winning a Foothill League championship and advancing to the CIF

Southern Section final.

It's because of her accomplishments that she has been named the

All-Area Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year, which is voted

on by the sportswriters and editors of the Glendale News-Press,

Burbank Leader and Foothill Leader.

"I was able to accomplish what I set out to do last season," said

English, who set a new school record with an 11-foot mark.

"I just want to try and get better, and hopefully, I will be able

to improve and jump higher next season."

English said her summer regimen includes working out two or three

times a week and competing in selected events.

She placed second with a 10-6 effort in the Young Women's Division

at the Junior Olympics regional competition in Vista on June 25.

The result qualified her for the National Junior Olympics

Championships on July 29 in Indianapolis.

The young athlete said although she takes the Junior Olympic

competition seriously, she uses a different approach for summer

competition.

"I am more focused on the competition during the high school

year," English said. "The event that is coming up is a lot less

pressure for me, so I can relax a little more."

Standing only 4-10, English has made the most of her strength,

agility, speed and determination to succeed in a sport that is

tailor-made for athletes of taller stature. She has also been aided

by a background in gymnastics, having trained at Burbank's Fun & Fit

Gymnastics.

That background helped lay the groundwork for her progression in

the sometimes dangerous pole vault event.

With her final season with the Bulldogs months away, English is

already setting goals for the 2006 campaign.

She would like to clear 12-0, defend her league championship and

make a return to the CIF final.

But next time, she would like to win a CIF title.

"I like to set my goals high," she said.

Burbank High's Ginny English jumped to new heights this

season, when she advanced to the CIF Southern Section final

AREA'S TOP PERFORMERS

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100 Meters

Annie Sahl, Hoover 12.6

200 Meters

Claire Harrison, Crescenta Valley 26.7

400 Meters

Carolyn Chrzan, Burbank 59.71

800 Meters

Lauren Chramosta, Crescenta Valley 2:21.52

1,600 Meters

Shelby Pock, Crescenta Valley 5:19.70

3,200 Meters

Katie Vahoviak, Burroughs 11:28

100 High Hurdles LaKeisha Smith, Burroughs 16.6

300 Low Hurdles

Heather Riley, Flintridge Sacred Heart 45.73

Long Jump

Carolyn Chrzan, Burbank 16-7

Triple Jump

Keaton Ray, Crescenta Valley 34-4 1/2

High Jump

Karina Passi and Sydney Dunivant, Burroughs 5-0

Pole Vault

Ginny English, Burbank 11-0

Shot Put

Kara Brownlee, Burroughs 34-0

Discus

Gabby Zarate-DeMacedo, Bellarmine-Jefferson 106-8

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Coach of the Year

Kenny Fisher, Flintridge Prep

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