Ever since 2013 the winner of the Boys Varsity 110mH have always become the Champion in the 300mH. This year there is no exception. During the Foothill League Finals last year both of the top contenders ran the same personal record time at 40.83.
Valencia's, Justin Baltau and Hart's, Dj Aponik who have quite a bit of history with each other will be seeing who will have the last laugh in the end. Starting in the 2014 Foothill League Finals, Justin Baltau messed up going over the 2nd to last hurdle, nearly falling. DJ Aponik, who was right behind him, took advantage of it and took home the gold for the F/S Title that year.
Fast forward a year later and it would come down to one one-thousandth of a second where Justin out leaned DJ to take home silver in the event. A race where we saw four guys run in the 40's, and were separated by a slim .31.
Shane Stach (Canyon) - 40.67 Justin Baltau (Valencia) - 40.83 DJ Aponik (Hart) - 40.83 Jackson Potter (Hart) - 40.98
This years match-up will be interesting since both runners are expected to eclipse into the 39's where only 20 hurdlers in Santa Clarita Valley have ever accomplished.
However, Canyon's up and coming star, Sophomore Lance Panariello, may have something to say about that. Lance's dominance in the 2015 Season shocked the Foothill League with a 300mH campaign; in addition, he holds the Canyon's Freshman record may be the one to watch.
Will it come down to Justin Baltau and DJ Aponik or will Lance Panariello have something to say about that.
Top 5 300mH Returnees
Justin Baltau (Valencia) - 40.83 DJ Aponik (Hart) - 40.83 Nathan Ray (Golden Valley) - 41.69 Lance Panariello (Canyon) - 42.29 Michael Sorensen (West Ranch) - 43.77