“It’s just about motivation,” said Blankenship, who won the 1,600 in a personal-best time of 4 minutes 34 seconds, the 3,200 (10:32) and the pole vault (11 feet). “I always have to stay relaxed and prepared for every race.
“After the one-mile race, I still have enough energy. Then I force myself to get over the vault. Then whatever energy I have left, I use it for the two-mile. Right now, I feel pretty good.”
The Indians (2-1) captured 14 of the meet’s 15 events against the Nitros (0-2).
Burroughs completed a sweep in the meet by posting a 75-52 win in the girls’ competition to improve to 2-0 The Nitros drop to 1-1.
The Indians won nine events, including wins from Sadee Martinez in the 1,600 (5:35) and the 800 (2:33.09).
Glendale’s talent couldn’t match Burroughs, though Glendale did get a pair of victories from junior Daniela Pollard in the long and triple jumps. Pollard won the long jump (17-2) and the triple jump (35-1) to give the Nitros some good news.
“With our girls, we have a fairly mature team,” Glendale Coach Bob Bailey said. “They will probably be the one who does the best.
“With our guys, we lack depth behind the top people. All we can do is compete the best we can and then see what happens.”
Glendale’s girls’ team also got victories from Perci Goldwire in the 100 high hurdles (16.63) and Jennifer Dowty in the 400 (1:01.34). Eileen Tumasyan, Arlene Tumasyan and Hasnik Davtyan of Glendale each went 6-6 to win the pole vault. Dowty worked with Alin Jabourian, Rita Assoian and Samantha Bogatz to win the 4x100 relay (50.10).
Other than that, the Indians basically controlled the remainder of the meet. Taryn Campos won the 100 (12.38) and the 200 (26.22), Sydney Dunivant took the shot put (28-2 1/2 ) and the high jump (5-2), Veronica Eyo won the 300 low hurdles (50.21) and Monique Martinez won the 3,200 (12:42).
Burroughs’ boys got victories from Danny Cruz in the long jump (21-11) and the 200 (22.59) and pared with Charles Barrett, Chris Morris and Dominique Barnes to capture the 4x100 relay (43.94).
Hector Carrillo of Burroughs captured the 110 high hurdles (16.2) and the 300 high hurdles (42.78), Morris won the 400 (51.66), Barrett took the 100 (10.87) and Jonathan Alpizar finished first in the 800 (2:06.8). Jeff Dumas won the triple jump (41-5) for the Indians, who got a victory from Ron Reyes in the high jump (5-10).
Glendale’s lone boys’ victory came from Robert Haro in the shot put (37-4 3/4 ).