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Track and Field Preview: City track and field foursome aim for improvement

La Cañada, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis have different goals in 2014.

March 12, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa
  • Flintridge Prep's Alan Yoho came in 2nd place at the CIF SS Track & Field Championships Division 4 Boys 1600 meters race at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Flintridge Prep's Alan Yoho came in 2nd place at… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

As the La Cañada High, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis track and field programs prepared for their just-commenced seasons, goals and expectations for 2014 varied.

Perhaps the lone similarity is a commitment from the quartet for improvement this season.

La Cañada

The entire Spartans program numbers near 100, which 12-year coach Casey Mollett credits through a word-of-mouth campaign.

"This season, we have a lot of kids coming from different programs like wrestling, volleyball, basketball and football," Mollett said. "It's real exciting because this comes from kids spreading the word and from kids from other sports coming out. It doesn't really matter what sport, participating in track is a benefit to all sports."

The Spartans finished third in the Rio Hondo League in the girls' standings and were fourth on the boys' side last season.

Perhaps its should come as no surprise that the Spartans will be led on both sides by the distance squads, highlighted by All-Area Girls' Cross-Country Runner of the Year Anna Frederich, who will look to improve upon her third-place finish at the league's 1,600-meter final in 5 minutes, 37.77 seconds and fourth-place effort in the 800 (2:36.52).

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Frederich, a senior, will be joined by junior Colleen Mispagel, the league frosh-soph champion in the 3,200 (12:11.92) and runner-up in the 1,600 (5:34.01), along with freshman Caitlin Mispagel.

Outside of distances, Mollett has some reliable returners in senior Victoria Eskue (100, 300 hurdles), junior Sawa Keymeulen (400, 800) and sophomores Katherine Sheehy (sprints) and Rose Quezada (hurdles).

Senior Katie Wagner (400) is making a return to track after a one-year break and will join Jamie Van Slootin (springs, high jump), a competitor off the pep squad.

On the boys' side, junior Ethan Angold is back after taking third in the 3,200 (10:22.88) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:51.34) at league finals. Junior cross-country runners Mitchell Trout, Alex Broes and Robbie Eaton will do their best to keep up with the Spartans' catalyst.

Mollett is also expecting strong seasons from senior hurdler and long jumper Graham Miketta, sprinters Jadon Henry and Anthony Connell and junior hurdler Jake Gill.

Flintridge Prep

The Rebels opened the season with a strong effort in claiming the Prep League cluster meet on March 4, winning the boys' meet, 87-55, over Pasadena Poly, while the girls knocked off Westridge, 123-86.5.

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