The Saugus girls track and field team has done something no other team in the Santa Clarita Valley has ever done: Win a CIF track and field championship.
The Saugus girls won the CIF Southern Section Division II championship at Cerritos College behind a pair of stellar performances by sprinters Jenna Vincej and Amber Wright.
Vincej won the 400 in 56.09 seconds and was on the 4-by-400 relay team that finished second.
Wright was third in the 400 and also on the 4-by-400 relay team that set a Foothill League record in 3 minutes, 50.78 seconds. Additionally, she scored points in the 200 and on the 4-by-100 relay team.
Saugus scored 43 points at the meet, outscoring second-place Carter of Rialto by five points.
Saugus distance runner Karis Frankian was fourth in the 3,200. Teammate Stephanie Bulder scored valuable points for her team, despite competing with an illness in the meet. She finished seventh in the 3,200 and eighth in the 1,600.
Canyon’s Kevin Enge won the Southern Section Division II title in the high jump.
West Ranch’s Jennifer Owen posted a pair of third-place finishes in the 800 and 1,600.
In college track and field, College of the Canyons’ Corey Honeycutt won the 800 at the California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field State Championships at Antelope Valley College.
Honeycutt, a Golden Valley High graduate, won the race in 2 minutes, 15.93 seconds, and earned All-America honors.
In auto racing, Sebastian Saavedra put his Bryan Herta Autosport car in the Indianapolis 500. He secured the 33rd and final starting spot in the race on Sunday, but not before crashing his team’s only car and getting transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Bryan Herta Autosport is owned in part by Valencia’s Bryan Herta.
Saavedra posted a four-lap average speed of 223.634 mph. He had an MRI at the hospital. The results of the MRI came back negative and he will be able to race in Sunday’s Indy 500. The car, however, is in bad shape, needing among other things repairs to the rear suspension and an overhaul of the engine.
Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indy 500 winner and driver for Team Penske, won the pole for the Indy 500 at 227.970 mph.
At Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Valencia’s Joe Anderson won the S2 stock car race, the first of his career in the S2 division. Anderson was the fourth different winner in five S2 races at Irwindale this season.
Go to Haddock in the Paddock for more on the Indy 500 and recaps of the races from Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
The Dodgers found themselves in first place in the National League West over the weekend, but they didn’t stay there for very long. After losing to the Detroit Tigers, 6-2, the Dodgers dropped a game behind the San Diego Padres for the top spot in the NL West.
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Dodgers outfielder Xavier Paul knocked in two runs with a single in the fifth inning to cut the Tigers lead to one.
But the Tigers scored a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to pull away. Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez homered for the Tigers.
The Dodgers are back on the road and will face the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.
Jose Lima, who pitched for the Dodgers in 2004, died of a heart attack on Sunday, according to various wire reports. He was 37. Lima, who pitched only one season in Los Angeles, won the first playoff game for the Dodgers since Game 5 of the 1988 World Series. He beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 2004 National League Division Series.
The Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns, 118-109, in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals. Kobe Bryant was one rebound shy of a triple double. He scored 36 points, had 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Amare Stoudamire scored 42 points, 29 in the second half, and tied his career playoff high.
Game 4 of the Western Conference finals is Tuesday night. The Lakers are up two games to one in the best-of-seven series.