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Barons edge Oilers

Fountain Valley edges Huntington Beach, 70-67, in boys' track and field that could prove critical in deciding Sunset League champion.

April 06, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
(Scott Smeltzer )

The Huntington Beach High boys' track and field team had one goal entering the 2011 season: win the Sunset League championship.

If they accomplish their goal, the Oilers would be end a 28-year drought. That goal is still within reach, but they will need to come up with a big finish to end the regular season.

In a league tri-meet March 30 at Huntington's Sheue Field, the Oilers downed Los Alamitos, 70-29, and in a key matchup against Fountain Valley that would establish a league front-runner, it was the Barons who emerged from a close matchup, 70-67.

In the girls' tri-meet, Fountain Valley scored a 78-58 win over Huntington and Los Alamitos topped the Oilers, 85-51.

The outcome of the Fountain Valley-Huntington boys' meet came down to the final two events of the day, the 3,200 meters and 4 by 400 relay. The Barons scored nine points in the 3,200 to get the win over the Oilers, who earlier didn't register a point in the long or triple jumps events, Huntington Coach Clim Moore said.

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Key performances for the Oilers during the tri-meet included Austin SImpkins, who won the 100 meters (11.16 seconds) and was second in the 200 meters (22.70); Ramon Vargas, who won both the 110 hurdles (14.96) and 300 hurdles (39.69); James Dohleman, who won the high hump (5-feet-8); Jack Rulon set a personal best in the shot put (43-8, second place) and threw 134-11 in the discus (second-place) and Brian Skinner collected key points in the 200 meters (23.14, second) and 400 meters (third).

Despite the close loss to Fountain Valley, Moore said the Oilers are still in contention for a share of their first league title since 1983. They'll need to defeat both Newport Harbor this week and Edison on April 27, plus come up big at the Sunset League finals next month, in order to share the top spot.

"Three years ago, with so many quality athletes, I couldn't see why this group of guys couldn't come together and get a league championship," said Moore, who is in his third year leading the boys' program. "Not that winning a league championship is easy by any means, but I was intrigued by the possibility.

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