Canyon boys, Valencia girls come out on top in track and field dual meet

By Haley Sawyer

Last update: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

As the track and field meet between Valencia High and Canyon High came to a close, the Cowboys’ Steven Arrington was laying down on his back as a coach removed his shoes.

He had a long, tiring meet and helped contribute to the Canyon boys 74-62 win on Thursday evening at Canyon.

Arrington won both the 100 and 200 meter races and was on the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.

“Every year he gets better,” Cowboys coach Paul Broneer said. “When he was a freshman, he made our varsity and was our slowest guy. Then he was our second slowest guy. This year he’s our fastest guy by far.”

The 4×400 was a close one, with Valencia’s Sam Pica hot on Arrington’s trail in the final leg of the race.

“I know what he’s capable of and what he’s done in the past, so there’s a lot of pressure there,” Arrington said. “I was thinking, ‘Oh no, what if I’m not able to get to him,’ but towards the end I felt like I still had a little juice to kick.”

Canyon also swept in the shot put and discus, earning a crucial 18 points for the win.

The Vikings girls had a confidence boost, defeating the Cowboys 78-58.

Valencia’s Hailey Kirsch, left, leads the pack in the girls 1600 meter run during a dual track meet at Canyon on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

“We knew this was going to come down to very possibly inches. Fractions of a second,” Valencia coach Jeff Gilkey said. “Both boys and girls. And we got some breaks on the girls side and didn’t get them on the boys side.”

Cheyenne Cheshier won the high jump (five feet), triple jump (36-10 1/4) and long jump (16-5 1/4).

Hailey Kirsch came in first in both the 1600 and 3200.

Saugus 69.5, Hart 66.5 (boys)

The Centurions’ Cameron Scott won the triple jump with a length of 42-1 and Blake Walkowiak threw 166 feet in discus.

Saugus 103, Hart 33 (girls)

Abby Bryant won both the 100 and 300 hurdles for the Cents and Kayla Medof won the discus at 97-2 and shot put at 29-8.5. Alicia Hurst won both the 100 (12.82 seconds) and the 200 (27.16) and Mariah Castillo won the 1600.

Golden Valley 74, West Ranch 62 (boys)

Hasani Fields of the Grizzlies won both the 100 at 11.56 and the 200 at 23.30. Golden Valley also won both relays. The Wildcats came in first for both the long jump and triple jump, with Andrew Mercado winning the former (2-08) and Cody Falkenberg winning the latter (41-089).

West Ranch 84, Golden Valley 47 (girls)

The Wildcats’ Adaugo Oguejiofor came in first for the 100 hurdles, high jump and long jump. Bailey Pate won the 200 and the 400 with times of 26.72 and 58.23, respectively. Sophia Hoelzel won the 800 (2:27.53) and the 1600 (5:39.33).

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Canyon boys, Valencia girls come out on top in track and field dual meet

Canyon's Steven Arrington, right, crosses the finish line ahead of Valencia's Tanner Berney, left, in the boys 100 meter dash during a dual track meet at Canyon on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

As the track and field meet between Valencia High and Canyon High came to a close, the Cowboys’ Steven Arrington was laying down on his back as a coach removed his shoes.

He had a long, tiring meet and helped contribute to the Canyon boys 74-62 win on Thursday evening at Canyon.

Arrington won both the 100 and 200 meter races and was on the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.

“Every year he gets better,” Cowboys coach Paul Broneer said. “When he was a freshman, he made our varsity and was our slowest guy. Then he was our second slowest guy. This year he’s our fastest guy by far.”

The 4×400 was a close one, with Valencia’s Sam Pica hot on Arrington’s trail in the final leg of the race.

“I know what he’s capable of and what he’s done in the past, so there’s a lot of pressure there,” Arrington said. “I was thinking, ‘Oh no, what if I’m not able to get to him,’ but towards the end I felt like I still had a little juice to kick.”

Canyon also swept in the shot put and discus, earning a crucial 18 points for the win.

The Vikings girls had a confidence boost, defeating the Cowboys 78-58.

Valencia’s Hailey Kirsch, left, leads the pack in the girls 1600 meter run during a dual track meet at Canyon on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

“We knew this was going to come down to very possibly inches. Fractions of a second,” Valencia coach Jeff Gilkey said. “Both boys and girls. And we got some breaks on the girls side and didn’t get them on the boys side.”

Cheyenne Cheshier won the high jump (five feet), triple jump (36-10 1/4) and long jump (16-5 1/4).

Hailey Kirsch came in first in both the 1600 and 3200.

Saugus 69.5, Hart 66.5 (boys)

The Centurions’ Cameron Scott won the triple jump with a length of 42-1 and Blake Walkowiak threw 166 feet in discus.

Saugus 103, Hart 33 (girls)

Abby Bryant won both the 100 and 300 hurdles for the Cents and Kayla Medof won the discus at 97-2 and shot put at 29-8.5. Alicia Hurst won both the 100 (12.82 seconds) and the 200 (27.16) and Mariah Castillo won the 1600.

Golden Valley 74, West Ranch 62 (boys)

Hasani Fields of the Grizzlies won both the 100 at 11.56 and the 200 at 23.30. Golden Valley also won both relays. The Wildcats came in first for both the long jump and triple jump, with Andrew Mercado winning the former (2-08) and Cody Falkenberg winning the latter (41-089).

West Ranch 84, Golden Valley 47 (girls)

The Wildcats’ Adaugo Oguejiofor came in first for the 100 hurdles, high jump and long jump. Bailey Pate won the 200 and the 400 with times of 26.72 and 58.23, respectively. Sophia Hoelzel won the 800 (2:27.53) and the 1600 (5:39.33).

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Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and primarily covers Football, boys basketball, girls soccer and girls golf for The Signal.

  • Ronald Williams

    Thank you to West Ranch for paying for official results.

    • Cappygirl72

      And thanks to Canyon for the hand timing. Is their program broke and couldn’t pay for electronic timing? Better yet, why doesn’t the league pay for all timing across the board, I mean, Canyon coaches hand scoring a track meet is like asking the home football team coaches to referee the game.

  • Cappygirl72

    Haley Sawyer, did you see the little Canyon guys throwing pens and pencils at Valencia runners during the 4×4? Did you get THAT on video????

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and primarily covers Football, boys basketball, girls soccer and girls golf for The Signal.