Glendale track runs past Burroughs

Track and field: Nitros boys and girls down Indians and Pasadena in league tri-meet.

March 15, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,

BURBANK — While it came down to the very end, the Pasadena and Burroughs high girls' track and field teams simply didn't have enough to outdo Glendale's Leana Setian and Lauren Hansen in Thursday's tri-Pacific League meet.

The Nitros' duo combined for five victories in a narrow 68-60 win over host Burroughs. Setian and Hansen saved their best and most dramatic finish for last, as they teamed with Kenya Gaskin and Vard Sargsyan to take first in the 4x400-meter relay — the final race of the day — in four minutes 24.50 seconds to just edge Pasadena's team, which clocked in at 4:25.44. (Glendale-Pasadena scores were unavailable.)

"I think overall we became really unified and did our best today," Hansen said. "It's our first tri-meet of the season, so we showed everyone we've been training and practicing really hard."


While a final score for Glendale and Pasadena wasn't available, Glendale Coach Andrew Dakopolos said the victory over Burroughs should guarantee a win over Pasadena, which fell to the Indians, 86-42.

It was a similar situation for the boys. The Nitros cruised to a 174-62 win over the Indians, who knocked off Pasadena, 80-56.

"It's huge, it's awesome," Dakapolos said of sweeping the entire meet, as both his squads improved to 3-0 overall and in league. "I am ecstatic, I'm absolutely ecstatic. I'm so proud of everybody: our relay teams, our distance runners, our sprinters showed up; today was a team effort."

While it was a disappointing day, Burroughs Coach John Peebles said there were plenty of bright moments.

"We had some nice performances, but from what I was able to see we had some kids running hard and doing well in the field events," said Peebles, as both his teams fell to 1-3 overall, 1-2 in league. "We have to keep doing that."

Peebles received a pair of victories from Ellaine Ilano in the field, as she took first in the triple jump (27 feet 11.5 inches) and pole vault (8 feet). Burroughs' Johanna Reyes and Carissa Jackson also did their share by taking the top-two spots in both hurdle events.

Reyes just beat out Jackson in the 300 hurdles with respective times of 53.25 and 53.94. Jackson got revenge in the 110 hurdles, as she took first in 17.8 and Reyes was runner-up in 18.56.

Ashley Sapone and Kimberly Santos also took first in the shot put (28-3) and discus, (54-3) respectively, for the Indians. Santos took second in the shot put (24-10) and Sapone was third in the discus (72-11).

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