By Jolyn Garcia Posted April 18, 2012
Lowry attended two track meets last Saturday, leaving them to split the team in two. Half competed in Elko and the other half in Fernley. Lowry Track is having a very good and also bad season in different aspects of the girls and boys teams.
At the Fernley Invitational the boys sprinting relay teams containing Beau Billingsley, Bret Hammond (4×100), Nic Velasquez, Mauricio Ramirez (4×200), and Cody Green. In the 4×100 the boys relay teams took last place and in the 4×200 they did not do so hot either.
As for the distance portion of the team, they went to the meets “coming off of hard practices and facing sickness. The showing wasn’t as good as their potential.” said coach Dawn Lucas.
The long-distance team this year is made up of mostly freshmen. The strongest runners are three seniors, Chase Estes, Ryan Kracaw, and Casey Kieser.
“They are good leaders and have good experience to lead the young team,” said Lucas.
The throwers this year have fewer people that stand out among the rest. Missing their two top throwers from last year, Ivan Ramirez and Will Thacker, who were seniors, the team is left with Cody Anderson to take the top spot. Behind Anderson are Shivam Bhakta and Drake Kavanaugh. The top female throwers are Jasmin Landa, Kim Garcia, Rachel Jones, and Chandra Waner. Coach Taua Cabatat says that the throwers who have a chance to go to state this year are “Anderson, Taylor Martin, Sergio Castaneda, and Drake Kavanaugh. For the girls maybe Jasmin Landa, Rachel Jones, Chandra and Garcia. Nothing is guaranteed right now.”
At the Elko Invitational, the sprinting relays were very successful. This being the girl’s first 4×400 of the year they beat Lowry’s best time last year, in which the relay team contained LaTray and three previous seniors. The 4×200 did not go quite as well. Running the 4×200 was Alex Schirrick, Meg Montero, Taylor LaTray and Kelsey Killpack. They placed fourth, which was a disappointment to their previous meets where they would place up to second, the 4×200 has been inconsistent with different runners and standings each meet. The boys were also running their first 4×400 and took sixth place overall. This relay team consisted of Sterling Dennis, Kelvin Meza, Cody Mecham, and Robert Stepper.
Lowry not only represented their girl sprinters well at the Elko Invitational but their pole vaulters and Jumpers also did quite well.
Lowry track has many things they have to improve on. With tougher practices and better weather, they will be performing at the same level as last year.