Burbank, Burroughs track and field conclude seasons at CIF Southern Section finals

NORWALK – For the city of Burbank, the end of the high school track and field season came at the CIFSouthern Section Divisional Finals at Cerritos College on Saturday afternoon.

Burbank and Burroughs highs combined for three entrants – all in the Division I pole vault.

While Burroughs’ Kent Troung and Sarah Prystupa and Burbank’s Julia Newton all made a spirited effort, none were able to advance to the Masters Meet back to Cerritos College.

For Newton and Prystupa, qualifying came down to the last few tries in the final field event of the day.

Prystupa was seventh and Newton was eighth in the Division I competition with marks of 10 feet, 6 inches. Overall, the duo was 22nd and 23rd across four divisions and missed the top-12 cut for the Masters Meet.

“It’s amazing to have been out here with the caliber of athlete that we were going against,” Newton said. “Pole vault is a wonderful sport and this was my last meet of my senior year, so I had to enjoy the experience.”

While both girls missed on three attempts at 11 feet, each enjoyed a small victory at 10-6.

Both Newton and Prystupa were pushed to their third and final try at 10-6 with Burbank’s senior going first.

Newton took a pause and then gave a smile to her coach before tying her personal-best mark of 10-6.

“I smile because I have to remember that pole vaulting is fun,” Newton said. “If I get too frustrated because it’s my third attempt and it might be my last one, that can throw me off.”

As for Prystupa, there was some disappointment since the Pacific League champion entered with a personal-best mark of 11-3.

“I need to learn how to drop my shoulders and my step was a little off today, too,” Prystupa said. “I should have done better, but it’s a learning experience and I’ll have to do better next year.”

Unfortunately for Burroughs’ Truong, there was no redemption at the Division I pole vault.
Last season, Truong witnessed the blossoming of teammate and friend Matt Schwartz, the All-Area Track and Field Athlete of the Year, who hit a height of 15-9 en route to advancing to the CIF State Finals.

While Truong had hit 15 feet throughout the year’s practices, the senior was unable to do so during any competitions this season, including Saturday, as Truong settled for 14-6 after faulting on three tries at 15 feet.

“It’s all in my head, I just need to take off and I never really do it,” said Truong, whose season-best was 14-7. “It’s just a mental block.”

Truong needed a top-12 finish to advance to the following week’s CIF Southern Section Masters Meet and just missed the cut, finishing 15th. The 12th-place cut was at 15 feet.

“I talk to everyone out here, it’s a social event,” Troung said as he congratulated some of the qualifiers. “That’s how pole vault is different than all the other events. I just wish I would have made it.”




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