Finding their way


Sacred Heart places fifth and Flintridge Prep athletes have some fine efforts in elite meet at Cerritos College.

May 27, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk
  • Flintridge Prep junior Brooke Elby clears the hurdle in the Division IV Girls 300 Meter Low Hurdles race at the 2010 CIF SS Track & Field Divisional Finals at Cerritos College in Norwalk on Saturday.
Flintridge Prep junior Brooke Elby clears the hurdle… (Raul Roa/Valley…)

NORWALK — Having overachieved all year in putting together a highly competitive season that culminated in qualifying five athletes for the CIF finals, the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy track and field team could have been happy just to be at the 2010 CIF Southern Section Track and Field Divisional Finals at Cerritos College on Saturday.

The Tologs came to race, though, and put a fitting exclamation point on the end of a surprising campaign.

The effort was highlighted by a fifth-place finish by sophomores Drew Washington and Stephanie Vargas and freshmen Daelyn Moon and Noelle Niederhaus in the Division IV 4x400-yard relay to close a successful day.

In addition, sophomore standout Paulina Antaplyan closed out her rookie season with two personal records and another pair of fifth-place finishes in her individual events.

"We had some lofty goals, but we did it," said Tologs Coach Eddie Gorton, following his relay team's finish in 3 minutes 57.96 seconds. "Our goal was to come in top-five and break four minutes. I'm very proud of them."


The Tologs weren't the only area team to see some progress from their athletes. Flintridge Prep hurdler Brooke Elby and distance runners Dot Silverman and Jason Bunn were also in action.

Because Gorton employed a race-off between his five fastest sprinters in practice to determine the 4x400 lineup for the finals, it was the first time the quartet had raced together.

"When they said we got a 3:57, we were so excited," Niederhaus said. "We worked really hard for it all week, and it was worth it."

The strong showing capped a season in which the Tologs had a best-ever finish in the Mission League, coming nine points short of winning a league title.

"It was a great way to end the season, and I'm just so proud of this team because we put so much effort into it," Moon said.

The 4x400 race was fast overall, as winner Serra broke the old division record by more than five seconds with a 3:44.29.

"This feeling is so amazing," Washington said.

Added Vargas: "This season's been amazing."

It was a close head-to-head race within the Division IV 1,600 between Silverman and Antaplyan.

Silverman, a senior who dropped more than 6.5 seconds from her seed time while battling illness, finished fourth in the heat in 5:13.72, followed by Antaplyan in fifth in 5:14.80. The race was won by Chadwick junior Jaye Buchbinder in 4:57.83.

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