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VALLEY / VENTURA COUNTY SPORTS

At A Glance

March 11, 2001|JOHN ORTEGA

* THE PROVEN: Senior Anita Siraki of Hoover placed second in the national cross-country championships in December and was the top-ranked 3,200-meter runner in the nation last year after winning the state, National Scholastic outdoor and Arcadia Invitational titles. She has bests of 4:49.71 in the 1,600 and 10:14.2 in the 3,200. . . . Grant senior Alexis Weatherspoon, who has committed to USC, is two-time defending City Section champion in the 100 and 200, and won the long jump last year. She has bests of 11.77 in the 100 and 23.90 in the 200, placing fifth in both events in the state championships. . . . Sophomore Allyson Felix of L.A. Baptist, sister of Valencia sprinter Wes Felix, is defending Southern Section Division IV champion in the 100 and 200, and placed seventh in the 200 in the state final. She has run 12.19 in the 100 and 23.90 in the 200. . . . Senior Natalie Stein of North Hollywood, who has committed to Michigan State, finished eighth in the 3,200 in the state championships with a career-best of 10:51.44 and placed eighth in the West region cross-country championships in December. . . . A leg injury cut short Treani Swain's freshman season, but the Oakwood sophomore ran 2:09.00 in the 800 when she was in seventh grade and 53.71 in the 400 when she was in eighth grade.

* THE PROMISING: It might not take long for Lindsey Owen of Nordhoff to become one of the proven in track. The freshman won state and Southern Section Division III titles in cross-country and placed 18th in the West region championships. . . . Senior Heather Modesti of Agoura placed third in the pole vault in the Marmonte League finals last year and raised her best to 10-2 in the Pole Vault Summit in Reno in January.

* FAST FACT: The longest-standing region record in girls' track and field belongs to Christi Pyle, who threw the discus 158-4 for Hoover in 1978.

OTHER TEAMS TO WATCH

* Rio Mesa--Porchea Carroll, runner-up in the 100 in the state championships last year, leads a team that is favored to win its second consecutive Pacific View League title.

Carroll won the 100, 200, 400 and long jump in the league meet last year and has bests of 11.60, 24.15, 58.88 and 19-3 1/2 in those events.

Sophomore Monica Serrano is the defending league champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 and won the league cross-country title in November.

Senior Jaclyn Grentzer is the defending league champion in the 300 low hurdles and placed second in the 100 highs in the league finals.

Senior Natalie Valenzuela is the defending league champion in the discus and the placed second in the shotput in the Ventura County championships last year.

* Notre Dame--Senior Sierra Hauser-Price and junior Tracy Johnson are the top returners for a squad that placed second to Corona del Mar in the Southern Section Division III championships.

Hauser-Price is the two-time defending Division III champion in the 100 and 200 and placed ninth in the state championships in the 100 last year. She has bests of 11.81 in the 100 and 23.99 in the 200.

Johnson placed second in the high hurdles, fourth in the lows and sixth in the high jump in the section finals. She has bests of 15.03, 46.77 and 5-6 in those events.

Sophomore Egrosa Isa placed sixth in the long jump in the Division III final.

* Thousand Oaks--Sophomores Makenzie Hobbs and Morgan Altizer and a fine group of distance runners should lead a team that has won or shared seven consecutive Marmonte League titles.

Hobbs ran a career best of 46.95 to place third in the 300 hurdles in the Southern Section Division II championships after winning that event and the pole vault, and placing second in the 100 high hurdles in the league finals.

Altizer missed most of last season with a broken bone in her foot, but ran 16.7 in the high hurdles, 47.6 in the lows and cleared 9 feet in the pole vault to win the freshman-sophomore division of those events in the Don Green Invitational at Moorpark High on March 3.

Senior Kelley Hess placed sixth in the 3,200 in the Division II finals and has run 11:10.21 in that event.

* Cleveland--Juniors Brynne Steward, Michelle Stinnette and Victoria Curtis return for a squad that placed third in the City championships.

Steward finished second in the high hurdles and third in the lows in the City meet and Stinnette was second in the 100 and third in the 200.

Steward is the top returning hurdler in the region with bests of 14.94 in the highs and 44.65 in the lows.

Stinnette has run 12.03 in the 100 and 24.73 in the 200.

Curtis placed third in the high jump in the City finals.

* Canyon--Most of the Cowboys' top performers return from last year's team that won its fifth consecutive Foothill League title, but freshman Alysia Johnson might be their most talented and versatile athlete.

Johnson was the No. 4 runner on a Canyon team that placed fourth in the state Division II cross-country championships and clocked 25.3 in the 200 in a dual meet at Glendale on Thursday.

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