LA CRESCENTA — With both Crescenta Valley High track and field Coach Mark Evans and his Hoover counterpart Jack Sallakian giving many of their athletes the freedom to choose what events they would compete in, Thursday's Pacific League dual meet had a more improvisational feel to it than others.
Any deviation from the script that this season has followed ended there, however, as the Falcons continued to do what they have done all year — handily win league meets.
Crescenta Valley's boys' team won, 109-27, and the Falcons' girls won, 108-27, as both teams improved to 6-0 in league this season going into the final meet of the season against archrival Arcadia on Tuesday.
"We want to be in that position and we've put ourselves in that position and now we have to go out and try to execute on Tuesday," Evans said. "I was just pleased overall with how we did. …We just moved people around in different events to give them a chance to see what they could do."
In the boys' win, Crescenta Valley was led by double-winners Mike Duncan and Levi Walker. Duncan won the 800 meters in 2 minutes 01.00 seconds and the 3,200 in 10:03, while Walker provided wins in the long jump (19 feet 5.28 inches) and the triple jump (40-7 1/4).
"Levi looked like he had a good day in the long and the triple," Evans said. "He's really coming around."
The Falcons' boys also got wins in running events from Josh Straschewski in the 110 high hurdles (15.47), Parker Averill in the 400 (52.22), Eli McDonald in the 300 low hurdles (44.88), as well as a win in the 4x100 relay from Walker, Justin Springfield, James Maturan and Averill in 44.44.
In field events, Crescenta Valley got wins from Andrew Roide in the high jump (6-2), Brennen Hickland in the pole vault (11-9), David Evizazian in the discus (86-6) and Wes Foote in the shot put (35-9 1/4).
The Tornadoes' boys (1-5) closed the day with a big win in the 4x400 relay from Jeremy Zadoorian, Cory Trevino, Asher Landau and Alex Mikhailpoor in 2:13.35.
Mikhailpoor was a double-winner in the 100 (10.97) and the 200 (22.75) and Zadoorian came through in the 1,600 in 4:39.71.
"Everybody came here relaxed, I let them do whatever events they wanted to do," Sallakian said. "It was up to them to choose the events. I just told them, 'Give me 100% in your main event,' and that's exactly what we did."
Claudia Pham led a balanced effort on the Falcons' girls' side, winning the 1,600 in 5:44.91 and the 3,200 in 12:15, while Kayleigh Carillo had a hand in three wins, taking the 400 in 1:00.50 and running in the 4x100 relay with Noel Wong, Maple Jones and Jessica Beerman (51.19) and the 4x400 relay with Claudia Sepulveda, Tiernan Hebron and Hannah Ruby (4:20.09).
Sepulveda won the 100 high hurdles (16.97), Hebron won the 100 (12.91), Ruby won the 800 (2:32.28) and Beerman was a winner in the 200 (26.25).
In field events, Elia Ganon won the pole vault (7-3) and Jones doubled in the triple jump (32.5) and long jump (15-5).
Hoover got two wins from Allison Zalin in the shot put and the discus (68-9).
"She works hard and she's just very talented," Sallakian said of Zalin.
Paige Hollis won the 300 low hurdles in 48.42 to provide the only other win of the day for the Tornadoes' girls (1-5).
"We've been practicing a lot in the spring up in the hills and getting ready for [this meet]," Sallakian said. "Next week we have two meets, so this is the last chance we have to have a nice dual meet without the pressure of having two meets."Copyright © 2015, CT Now