In a meet that lasted more than five hours and went down to the final event, the Thousand Oaks High boys upset Simi Valley, 64-63, ending Simi Valley's Marmonte League winning streak at 33. Simi Valley had won 63 of its past 64 dual meets and hadn't lost in league since 1982.
Simi Valley's tradition of league domination took a beating when Brad Lundgren of Thousand Oaks cleared the crossbar at 12-0 in the pole vault, the last event of the meet. Simi Valley's Eric Hayes also cleared 12-0, but Lundgren had fewer misses at that height.
"We knew we had a shot at them," Thousand Oaks Coach John Hansen said. "They are an excellent team with a fine tradition and it's hard to beat a team like that. But we have tradition at our school, too, and we are pleased with our kids."
A Thousand Oaks sweep in the two-mile race, led by winner John Rogers, gave Thousand Oaks a 55-49 lead with three events remaining. Simi Valley's victory in the mile relay (3:27.1) and a first- and a third-place in the triple jump gave the Pioneers a 60-58 lead with only the pole vault event left.