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May 17, 2011 > Logan dominates MVAL track finals

Logan dominates MVAL track finals

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) track season came to a close Friday, May 13, at James Logan High School in Union City, with the host school dominating both the boys and girls competition of the league's championships.

And it wasn't just a solid team win, it was domination. Logan's boys totaled 190 points, which put them 104 points ahead of second-place Newark Memorial High School and their 86. Meanwhile, on the girls side, the Lady Colts compiled 181 points, 81 points ahead of its closest competitor, American High School, who finished with 100 points. American (71), Mission San Jose (71), Washington (51), John F. Kennedy (21) and Irvington (6) rounded out the boys standings; American (68), Newark Memorial (37), Mission San Jose (28), Irvington (25) and John F. Kennedy (23) rounded out the girls.

En route to their 181 points, the Lady Colts won 10 out of the 16 events. Ciarra Brewer led the way for Logan, winning the high jump (5-02), triple jump (39-09.5) and long jump (19-00.5). Harvey Atiya won two events for the Lady Colts, taking the 100 (12.19) and 200 (25.78) meter dashes. Also winning two events was Amihan Agustin, beating out all comers in the 1,600 (5:20.35) and 3,200 (11:51.96) runs. Logan also won the discus throw, shot put and 4X100 meter relay with Janise Powell, Danielle Torano and Logan's "A" team taking those events, respectively.

In the other six events, Newark Memorial captured three, winning the 100 meter hurdles, 400 meter run and the 4X400 meter relay. Newark's "A" team won the relay; Taylor Craft (14.60) won the hurdles; and Taylor Hollis (58.21) took the 400. Madison Hirsch of Mission San Jose won the 800 meter run (2:28.32); Ariel Chang took the pole vault (10-06) for the Lady Warriors' wins. In the 300 meter hurdles, John F. Kennedy's Daniella Hernandez won with a time of 47.90.

In Logan's 190-point effort on the boys finals, the Colts won seven events, but showed its depth, making up for the lack of wins - considering they did win the event - earning points by coming in the top five in nearly every event.

Ben Avila won the 110 hurdles (15.47), with Josh Shen (15.86) and Mei-Guang Chen (15.90) coming in second and third; Willie Latin won the 400 (50.16) with Talat Aleem right behind him (51.17); Vivashan Shetty won the 100 (11.05) with teammates Warren Long (11.43) and Damond Beasley (11.55) coming in third and fourth; Abraham Espinoza took the 800 (2:01.16) with Miguel Sanchez finishing fifth (2:06.95); Shetty also took the 200 (22.48) and Latin (22.93) and Long (23.47) finished right behind; Jeffrey Prothro took the triple jump (46-07.75) with Shetty taking third (43-04.25); and Logan's "A" squad took the 4X400 relay (3:30.74).

Also performing admirably was Jesse Chestnut. Representing his mates at Washington High School proudly, the Huskies star runner took first in both long-distance runs, finishing with a time of 4:37.53 in the 1,600 and 9:58.50 in the 3,200. Chestnut also took second in the 800, finishing three-tenths of a second behind Espinoza at 2:01.19. In total, individually, Chestnut earned his Huskies 28 points of their 51. (Alex Rich of Washington also won an event, taking the discus with a throw of 142-06.

Newark's second-place team had two winners. Trevor Hubby won the pole vault with a vault of 13-even. Roman Skrovonski won the 300 hurdles, winning with a time of 39.92. American, which finished in third, won three events, taking the shot put, high jump and 4X100 relay. Michaelvic Chukwa won the shot put with a throw of 48-08; Ruthvik Sunil won the high jump at 6-00.00; and the American "A" relay team won the 4X100 with a time of 45.37. Also winning events was Sunil Shah of Mission, taking the long jump (21-05.50).

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