KINGMAN – The Lee Williams track and field team capped off its regular season by sweeping the boys and girls meets at the Knights of Columbus Invitational Saturday.
The Vols finished with 184 points, easily taking first over St. Augustine Catholic, who finished second with 83 points. The Lady Vols, meanwhile, tallied 189 points for first place, followed by St. Mary’s Catholic in second with 100 points.
“They did a great job,” Lee Williams track and field coach Joan Abraham said. “We came in hoping that we could repeat our performance from last year and we were very pleased with winning both sides of the meet. It was a good way to cap off the regular season.”
Zach Moyd led the way for the Vols Saturday as he tallied four first-place finishes. He ran a personal record of 2:06.94 in the 800-meter and added a season record of 4:46.50 in the 1,600-meter run. Moyd also finished first in the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays. In the 4x400, he and fellow Vols Enzo Marino, Chris Marcus, Justin Sturgill ran a 3:41.04, while Moyd, Andrew Cardiff, Cayden Robles and Andrew Herrera finished in 8:44.77 in the 4x800.
T.J. Cobanovich added another first-place finish for the Vols, running a 17.01 in the 100-meter hurdles.
“It is a provisional time,” Abraham said. “So we will have to wait until next week to see if he made it to state,”
Zack Tempert followed close behind Cobanovich at 17.26 for second place, while fellow classmate Christopher Andrew Rucker finished third. Tempert also found success in the 300-meter hurdles, easily taking first with a 42.91. Tempert has already run an automatic qualifying time and will be competing at state.
Edmond Ashton will also be headed to state for Lee Williams. He showed why he’s going after finishing first in the discus (126-feet, 6 feet) and third in the shot put at 41-feet, 8-1/2 inches.
On the girls side, Lady Vol Alexis Hecker won the 100-meter dash at 13.85, followed by teammate Darleen Bland in second with a 13.89. The duo switched places in the 400-meter as Darleen Bland set a personal record at 1:03.62 for first place, while Hecker ran a 1:04.13 for second.
Meah Wilson won the 800 (2:42.25) and took second in the 1,600-meter with a personal record of 2:42.25. Wilson was also part of the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams that both finished in first place
Wilson, Bland, Alexis Hecker and Alize Hecker ran a 4:24.53 in the 4x400, while Wilson, Alondra Correa, Hallie Powell and Alize Hecker finished in 11:00.98 in the 4x800.
Sadie Snay added first place finishes in both the shot put and discus.
“She is excited to get back to state in the discus and to qualify in the shot put,” Abraham said.
Bryce Shuffler, meanwhile, ran a personal best 17.86 in the 100-meter hurdles to take second place.
Lee Williams is back in action at the AIA Division III State Championship May 5 at Mesa Community College.
“This week we are working on mechanics as we prepare for state,” Abraham said. “If we can fine tune and get a few seconds faster in all of our running events, we stand a good chance of scoring points at state.”
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