Saylor hammers home a state title

first_imgLANCASTER – Nick Saylor’s promising freshman hammer and discus throwing season were cut short by a freak ankle injury he suffered in practice last season. He made up for lost time by winning the state title in the hammer and placing fifth in the discus over the weekend at the state meet at Bakersfield College. Saylor (Quartz Hill High) threw the hammer 181 feet and the discus 156 feet. In the women’s circuit, Krystal Quinn (Palmdale) won the 400-meter dash in 56.48, giving AVC two state champions for just the second time in school history. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The school’s last state champion was Ryan Rogers (Lancaster), who won the 10,000-meter run in 2004. Quinn helped lead the 4×400 and 4×100 relay teams to fifth- and seventh-place finishes. Quinn, Sonya Schmidt (Desert), Jelani Carter (Palmdale) and Daunye Harris (AV) ran the 4×400 in 3:57.61. Quinn, Schmidt, Harris and Nicki Johnson (Palmdale) ran the 4×100 in 49.12. Nick Miconi (Quartz Hill) placed seventh in the hammer (152-3). “It’s a big deal to have two kids come through,” AVC coach Mark Covert said. “Both kids stepped up. It’s a great thing for the kids, and it’s great for our program.” Saylor has already signed with CSUN. Quinn has received offers from several Div. I programs including Fullerton, CSUN, and Southern Connecticut, but remains unsigned. Saylor, who was wearing a cast this time last year just months after learning to throw the hammer under the tutelage of coach Alex Siler, is the school’s second state hammer champion. His comeback was the culmination of a grueling rehab program that began last summer. “His comeback was just remarkable,” Covert said. “I never really doubted that he could come back because he was so enthusiastic about all the work he was doing. By the first week (of the season) it was quite evident that he was ready.” Covert attributes Quinn’s success to her giving up the pole vault to concentrate on her running events. She placed 10th in the state last season in the pole vault. “She focused on thing this year, and that’s one of the biggest reasons she was able to succeed,” Covert said. “She showed tremendous dedication and tremendous motivation.” Kostopoulos commits: Boron High star running back/ linebacker Brad Kostopoulos made a nonbonding commitment to play football at AVC on Monday. Kostopoulos rushed for 2,101yards, scored 30 touchdowns, and made 115 tackles, leading the Bobcats to the Southern Section Div. XII semifinals. Kostopoulos played most of the season with a shoulder injury that required surgery in December. He rejoined the baseball team two weeks ago and is restricted to designated hitting duties. His father Paul, who is Boron’s principal, said Kostopoulos was leaning heavily toward playing football for Chaffey College of Rancho Cucamonga before meeting with AVC coach Brent Carder, who assured him that he would be an integral part of the team’s offense. He likely would have been relegated exclusively to linebacking duties at Chaffey. “He visited AVC and (Carder) told him he believed he was the type of player who could turn the program around,” Paul Kostopoulos said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more