Crossroads Turn up the Heat in Track

Roadrunners establishes new marks in league meet

Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014, 5:21:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Crossroads runners who went 1-2-3-4 in the 1600 meters in a recent Delphic League track meet at Santa Monica College. From left to right: Ethan Finkel, Scotty Belinsky, Daniel Allen, and Ben Fried.
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Crossroads runners who went 1-2-3-4 in the 1600 meters in a recent Delphic League track meet at Santa Monica College. From left to right: Ethan Finkel, Scotty Belinsky, Daniel Allen, and Ben Fried.

Crossroads School

track and field boys and girls teams shined at a Delphic League meet that was

conducted at Santa Monica College March 20. On the boys’ side, Crossroads recorded

167 points to outdistance runner-up Windward, which finished the meet with 78

points. Milken followed with 76 points, Viewpoint registered 45, and Sierra

Canyon wrapped up the meet with 34 points. 

On the girls; side,

the Roadrunners had a much tougher time but was able to pull away from Windward,

127-93. Milken’s 50 points was good enough for third place. Sierra Canyon followed

with 44 points, while Viewpoint ended with 31.

The Roadrunners had

some standout performances during the meet, including dual winners Ethan Finkel

and Kole Farrisse. Finkel, already recognized as one of the top long distance

runners in the state, came home victorious in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter

races. Farrisse was just as impressive in the sprints, recording wins in the

200 and 400.

While Finkel and

Farrisse dominated their individual races, the two runners were far from being

the only stars of the meet for the Roadrunners. Crossroads’ boys went 1-2 in

the 200-400-800-1600 and 3200m races. The Roadrunners also went deep in the 800

and 1,600, taking the top four places in the two races.

The girls had some

outstanding moments as well. Ella Larsen put on the jets to win the 800 and

anchor Crossroads to a victory in the 4x400-meter relay. The 4x400 relay quartet

made up of Jordan Zolliecoffer, Eloise Fassler, Morgan Lee, and Larsen set a

school record in the race, clocking in at a fast time of 4:22.73.

The new mark set by

the four runners eclipses the record of 4: 25.33 that was set last year by Lee,

Lily Markle, Zolliecoffer, and Bella Hernandez). Besides inhaling that big

moment for the team, the Crossroads girls also finished first and second in the

800 and 3,200 meters. It was quite a day for Larsen as it was for the rest of

the Roadrunners.

Crossroads also took

first place in the pole vault and in the shot put. It was a day of smashing

records for Crossroads track and field athletes as Zita Surprenant decided she

wanted to get closer to the clouds during the pole vault event. Surprenant

skied to a school-record 8 feet, 6 inches to easily win the pole vault event. Surprenant’s

new school mark may also be a Delphic League record as well.   

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