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Vista Murrieta defends its boys' Division 1 crown

May, 21, 2011
Elias GedyonKirby Lee/US PresswireElias Gedyon swept his three events and helped Loyola to the CIF-SS Division 2 boys track and field title.

CERRITOS — Heading into the final event, the goal was simple for the Vista Murrieta boys’ track and field team. Finish in the top four in the 1,600-meter relay and the Broncos would clinch a second consecutive Southern Section Division 1 title.

They hit their mark once again Saturday at Cerritos College, finishing second in the four-lap relay to win the team title over Long Beach Poly, 65-61, and fend off another challenge from one of the state’s most decorated programs.

“I’m ecstatic right now,” said senior Jovonte Slater, who won the only event for Vista Murrieta, a soaring leap in the long jump, but also took second in the 100, third in the 200 and ran the second leg on the final relay.

The Broncos entered the final event one point behind El Toro and six ahead of the Jackrabbits. El Toro did not have a team in the relay, so Vista Murrieta’s biggest challenge was keeping Poly within its sights during the race.

Slater, who is headed to USC on a track scholarship, took the baton and circled the track in just over 47 seconds, passing two runners on his final straightaway and catching up with Poly’s lead runner.

“I was impressed with the 47 split because I didn’t know my legs had it in me after three events,” he said. “I just did everything in my power and my body and my spirit to do it. I went out there and just ran.”

Elias Gedyon of Los Angeles Loyola ran even more.

The Oregon-bound senior swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in Division 3, helping the Cubs run away with the team title.

Without being pressed, Gedyon strode to victory in the 1,600 in 4:11.15, followed by the 800 in 1:54.20 and finally the 3,200 in 9:00.37.

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