Photo by Beau Bearden.
KINGMAN – Lee Williams sent a number of athletes to the Division III Track and Field State Championship last season, but didn’t find the success it wanted as the Vols tied for 16th and the Lady Vols finished 29th.
Lee Williams will once again have a number of athletes at Mesa Community College for this year’s state meet, but those 18 didn’t have an easy route to the biggest stage.
“Qualifying this year was tough,” Lee Williams track and field coach Joan Abraham said. “There are several events where only athletes with automatic times qualified. That hasn’t happened before while I’ve been coaching.”
Lee Williams is sending a large group of high jumpers, highlighted by three Lady Vols. Sienna Cobanovich leads the pack with a No. 11-seed (5-feet), followed by Madison Arave at No. 14 (4-feet, 11-inches) and Hailey Puaa at No. 27 (4-feet, 10-inches).
For the Vols, Diego Narvarte is seeded No. 12 (6-feet, 2-inches) and Andrew Cardiff is No. 23 at six-feet.
Lee Williams also has a number of athletes in the shot put and discus. Sadie Snay has a No. 8-seed (100-feet, 8-inches) in the girls discus, while Edmond Ashton is seeded No. 12 in the boys discus at 138 feet. Snay also qualified for state in the shot put with a No. 13-seed (31-feet, 11-inches), while Kael Juelfs leads the Vols with a No. 19 seed (44-feet) and Ashton is seeded No. 26 at 42-feet, 3.5-inches.
Lillian Rapp looks to return to the finals of the 100-meter hurdles as she finished in seventh place last season. She has a No. 21 seed with a qualifying mark of 17.26.
Justin Sturgill is seeded No. 6 in the 200-meter at 22.40, while Zack Tempert is the No. 7-seed in the 300-meter hurdles at 41.61.
Enzo Marino also qualified in the 300 at No. 18 (42.62) as well as the 110-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay. He’ll run with Tempert, Sturgill, Zach Moyd and Chris Marcus.
The Lady Vol group of Cobanovich, Rapp, Arave, Darleen Bland, Alexis Hecker and Mercedes Serrano qualified in the 4x100-meter relay, while Bland, Alexis Hecker, Alize Hecker, Meah Wilson and Alondra Correa made it in the 4x400.