Track ends season with several state titles in Las Vegas

Track ends season with several state titles in Las Vegas

By Esmeralda Aguilar Posted June 3, 2009

The track team concluded its season on a victorious note on May 23.

Twenty-four students made their way to Las Vegas on May 21 to participate in the final track event of the year. The state track meet was held at Del Sol High School, which officially began at 3 p.m.

In the girls relay events, Lowry placed first in the 4×400, third in the 4×800, fourth in the 4×200, and sixth in the 4×100. Combined, these events brought in twenty-three of the 54.5 points the girls’ track team would earn.

Individually, the girls excelled. Gianesi Tarafa placed second in the discus throw, Erin Tattersal placed third in the two-mile run, and Sophie Kristof placed second in the 800-meter run, and Emelia Legarza placed fifth in the pole vault.

Sophie Kristof, a senior, has gone to state for track for four years. This year, Kristof went to state competing in the 800-meter dash and the 4×400 relay.

“It was the last one hundred and I was like right beside this girl from Sparks and then the whole one hundred we were right beside each other and then she beat me on the lean by .02 seconds,” said Kristoff.

She concluded with, “The 4×4 was good, it was kind of unexpected that we were going to win”

The boys also faired well. However, their strengths lied individually, not with relays, where the best win was when the boys 4×100 placed third. Christian Echevarria placed second in the 100-meter dash, first in the 200-meter dash, and first in the long jump. Mateo Echeverria placed fifth in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash. Tyrell Henriod placed fifth in the high jump and eighth in the pole vault. Ryan Mathes placed sixth in the pole vault. Tyler Anderson placed third in the discus throw, and sixth in the shot put. Combined, the boys pooled together 64 points.

Christian Echevarria, a senior, has gone to state for three years. Echeverria has never done so well at a track meet and was very proud of himself.

“In long jump, I was seeded towards the middle of the group and then I jumped a foot higher than I’ve ever jumped before.” He added, “I was pretty confident about the 200 but there was a kid from the south that was faster.”

Overall, the boys placed sixth and the girls placed fifth in the 3A. Head coach Shaun Murgel stated, “We were expecting great things out of our people. They did great! We had some people take first… We had some good performances.”

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