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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
NORWALK — St. Francis High's James Knowles arrived at Cerritos College for Friday night's CIF Southern Section Track and Field Masters Meet brimming with great expectations. He had earlier navigated his way through the ultra-competitive Mission League and straight through the CIF Division Finals to get to a point in the season where neither had previously ventured. Knowles left the venue with mixed emotions after he didn't qualify for the CIF State Meet in Clovis. Knowles clocked 38.71 seconds to finish eighth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
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By Andrew Campa | May 20, 2012
WALNUT - An approximate distance from the city of La Cañada to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, site of Saturday's CIF Southern Section track and field Divisional Finals, is 36 miles. The distance, however, between La Cañada and Cerritos College, the venue for Friday's Masters Meet, proved certainly much farther. Of a total of eight local athletes who ventured out to the divisional finals, not one advanced to the following week's Masters Meet, the elite track and field competition within the Southern Section.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 23, 2011
The La Cañada High track and field coaches set up shop on the school's track a month before the spring season this year, hoping to get the team's incoming underclassmen started off on the right foot. "[Girls' Coach] Casey Mollett was out here getting kids geared up and getting them going," said Spartans boys' Coach Steve Zimmerman, who has been with the program for seven years. "I think that will improve our results this year. " Each year, La Cañada sends about 10 to 20 athletes to CIF Southern Section Division III competition.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 11, 2011
VALLEY GLEN — After spending the past several months working on his mechanics, James Knowles started to see a difference each time he took to the track. Having made the proper adjustments, the St. Francis junior took to the course and promptly won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the Mission League finals on Thursday afternoon at L.A. Valley College. Knowles clocked a personal-best mark of 14.77 in the 110 and came back with a time of 39.43 in the 300. "I kind of looked at my techniques on the 110 and I could see the small things that could make a difference," said Knowles, who will next participate in the CIF Southern Section Division III preliminaries at Estancia High on May 14. "I worked on things like my lead leg and that helped me go between hurdles.
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By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall | February 27, 2013
With Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and La Cañada High's girls' track and field teams returning a number of key contributors from last season, all three squads will look to place high in their respective leagues. The local trio is looking to distance runners to lead the way this season, while the Tologs will also lean on their hurdlers and relay teams. Flintridge Prep will have plenty of depth in the distance races. The Rebels lacked in depth last season, something they hope to rectify this season under coach Nick Ponticello.
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April 5, 2007
La Cañada's track and field team traveled to Temple City last week for their second Rio Hondo league meet. The boys' team lost to the fast and strong Temple City Rams, but the athletes saw individual successes in several events. Conner Higley won the varsity high hurdles, while Will Zentmyer placed first in the 800 meter, pulling just ahead of Temple City at the finish line. The Spartans host Monrovia this afternoon in another league competition. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m. It was incorrectly stated that sophomore Peyton Collins was a member of the boys' track team.
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By Seth Amitin | May 8, 2008
With 22 top-five finishes in 32 varsity events at the Rio Hondo league track and field finals, La Cañada has a lot to be proud of. Spartans boys? track and field coach Steve Zimmerman expected this much. ?Our performance did not exceed my expectations,? Zimmerman said, ?because it was clear from the beginning that these kids were here to take care of business and that?s what they did.? Courtney Schulte finished first in the girls? varsity 100-meter dash, 13.15 seconds.
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By Seth Amitin | August 6, 2009
There’s that old saying, sometimes life starts at 50. La Cañada resident Kathy Bergen didn’t start running until she was 54 and before she knew it, she was holding American Records in track and field events. “It’s fun,” Kathy said. “Winning is good.” This week, the Bergens are traveling to Palo Alto for the Senior Games, where Burt will compete in high jump and Kathy will compete in 100 meters, 200 meters, high jump, javelin and discus.
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By Grant Gordon | August 13, 2009
He searched for the kick, the same kick that had been his trademark in leading him from the middle of the pack to the front, the same kick that had led him to prominence. He searched for that extra gear. He searched and searched, but it never came. So many times before, Crescenta Valley High?s Zack Torres came on strong in the end. But after he reached the pinnacle of his high school track and field career, he simply did not have enough left. ?I was extremely fatigued,?
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By Andrew J. Campa | March 12, 2014
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.
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From Staff Reports | May 4, 2013
GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD La Cañada at Rio Hondo League Finals: Sonja Cwik had the best performance Friday night at South Pasadena High. The senior won her first league title since her sophomore year with a time of 11 minutes, 26.84 seconds in the 3,200-meter run. Cwik said she didn't expect to win with South Pasadena's Helena Van Loan, who'd defeated her earlier in the 1,600. Van Loan was slowed by an injury to her calf in the race and finished fourth (11:46.81). “It feels really good, I am happy I could do it in my senior year,” said Cwik, who went on to explain her focus for the race.
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By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall | February 27, 2013
With Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and La Cañada High's girls' track and field teams returning a number of key contributors from last season, all three squads will look to place high in their respective leagues. The local trio is looking to distance runners to lead the way this season, while the Tologs will also lean on their hurdlers and relay teams. Flintridge Prep will have plenty of depth in the distance races. The Rebels lacked in depth last season, something they hope to rectify this season under coach Nick Ponticello.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 29, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - For 11 years, La Cañada High girls' basketball Coach Tamar Hill ran a summer basketball camp at La Cañada High, which was one of many specific sports camps offered at the school in the summer months. Hill had an idea two years ago for something new, an all-day and all-sports camp, and put it into action this summer with the Spartan All-Stars All-Day Sports Camp designed for athletes of all skill levels from kindergarten to sixth grade. The camp began June 18 and came to a close Friday after it conducted three two-week sessions.
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By Andrew Campa | May 20, 2012
WALNUT - An approximate distance from the city of La Cañada to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, site of Saturday's CIF Southern Section track and field Divisional Finals, is 36 miles. The distance, however, between La Cañada and Cerritos College, the venue for Friday's Masters Meet, proved certainly much farther. Of a total of eight local athletes who ventured out to the divisional finals, not one advanced to the following week's Masters Meet, the elite track and field competition within the Southern Section.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 5, 2011
There doesn’t seem to be anything that can slow down Kathy Bergen. At 71, she hasn’t let age stop her and Mother Nature didn’t stand a chance when Bergen competed in the 2011 National Senior Games in Houston from June 16 to June 30. Bergen, a La Cañada resident, mother of five and grandmother of nine, set two meet records (in the 100 and 200-meter events) in the national games. Her meet-record time of 15.22 seconds in the 100-meter was delivered in the rain. “I’ve never run in rain before,” said Bergen, who set a meet record in the 200 meter with a time of 32.44.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
NORWALK — St. Francis High's James Knowles arrived at Cerritos College for Friday night's CIF Southern Section Track and Field Masters Meet brimming with great expectations. He had earlier navigated his way through the ultra-competitive Mission League and straight through the CIF Division Finals to get to a point in the season where neither had previously ventured. Knowles left the venue with mixed emotions after he didn't qualify for the CIF State Meet in Clovis. Knowles clocked 38.71 seconds to finish eighth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | May 25, 2011
NORWALK — James Knowles felt a sense of accomplishment before even running a race at the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Divisional Championships at Cerritos College on Saturday. As the only St. Francis High athlete who qualified for the meet, Knowles was just happy to be representing the Golden Knights. Turns out, he'll be the only Golden Knight competing in the CIF Masters Meet, as well, after placing ninth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 38.38 seconds. "I'm going into Masters looking to set a personal record like always, make it into state and keep on going," Knowles said.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 11, 2011
VALLEY GLEN — After spending the past several months working on his mechanics, James Knowles started to see a difference each time he took to the track. Having made the proper adjustments, the St. Francis junior took to the course and promptly won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the Mission League finals on Thursday afternoon at L.A. Valley College. Knowles clocked a personal-best mark of 14.77 in the 110 and came back with a time of 39.43 in the 300. "I kind of looked at my techniques on the 110 and I could see the small things that could make a difference," said Knowles, who will next participate in the CIF Southern Section Division III preliminaries at Estancia High on May 14. "I worked on things like my lead leg and that helped me go between hurdles.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 23, 2011
The La Cañada High track and field coaches set up shop on the school's track a month before the spring season this year, hoping to get the team's incoming underclassmen started off on the right foot. "[Girls' Coach] Casey Mollett was out here getting kids geared up and getting them going," said Spartans boys' Coach Steve Zimmerman, who has been with the program for seven years. "I think that will improve our results this year. " Each year, La Cañada sends about 10 to 20 athletes to CIF Southern Section Division III competition.
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