TRK: DP’s Scarvelis, Zerrenner, San Marcos’ Schroeder win CIF titles

Stamatia Scarvelis of Dos Pueblos won CIF Division 2 titles in the discus and shot put.

Stamatia Scarvelis of Dos Pueblos won CIF Division 2 titles in the discus and shot put.

It was big day for a pair of seniors and a freshman at the CIF Divisional Track and Field Finals on Saturday at Cerritos College.

Dos Pueblos senior Stamatia Scarvelis won the Division 2 shot put and discus titles, while Charger teammate and classmate Addi Zerrenner ran to first place in the 3200.

San Marcos freshman Erica Schroeder wowed her coach and teammates at Cerritos by winning the girls Division 3 800 meters in an exciting finish.

San Marcos freshman Erica Schroeder won the Division 3 800 meters.

San Marcos freshman Erica Schroeder won the Division 3 800 meters.

In a tight, tactical race, Schroeder decided to pull away from the crowded field and held off Palos Verdes freshman Camille Hines to win in 2:15.30. Hines was timed in 2:15.93.

“It’s so great,” said an excited San Marcos coach Marilyn Hantgin. “There were girls falling and tripping all over. There was a lot of jostling. It seemed liked no one really knew what to do. Erica just said, ‘I’m going to go for it.’ It was great for her to learn how to run in race like that.”

Hantgin couldn’t recall a freshman from this area winning a CIF title.

“I don’t think she realizes how awesome that is to be a CIF champion. It’s a once in a lifetime experience,” she said.

Hantgin added: “Since the first day of practice in January, Erica has done everything asked of her and has such an incredible drove to be good. She’s an exceptional athlete both physically and mentally. A very special girl.”

Schroeder also ran an impressive 58.1 anchor leg on the Royals’ 4×400 relay team, which finished fourth in 4:00.32. Delaney Werner, Emily Allen and Jill Fisher were the other members of the team.

Scarvelis, the two-time defending CIF State Champion in the shot put, threw 52-3 to lead all competitors and win a Division championship for the third straight year.  She won the discus for the second straight year with the day’s best throw of 165-06.

Addi Zerrenner captured the Division 2 3200 title.

Addi Zerrenner captured the Division 2 3200 title.

Zerrenner captured the 3200 in 10:19.53. It was the third fastest time of the day.

Adilene Aldapa of San Marcos ran a personal best of 5:01.46 and placed fourth in the Division 3 girls 1600.

From the San Marcos boys team, Tyson Miller finished eighth in the 400 with a time of 50.92.

Santa Barbara sophomore Natasha Feshbach placed in two events in Division 2. She was fifth in the long jump at 17-2.25 and sixth in the 100 hurdles in 14.95. Dons senior Kelli Martindale finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 36-3.25.

Dos Pueblos athletes scored points in field events. Jon Dickinson threw 50-9.25 to finish sixth and Joseph Ochoa had a mark of 47-10.25 to place eighth in the Division 2 shot put. Sydney Eilbacher cleared 10-3 to finish seventh in the girls pole vault and Niema Poindexter was ninth in the triple jump at 35-9.25.

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