KINGMAN – The Lee Williams boys track and field team traveled to Mesa Community College for the AIA Division III State Championship last weekend and finished tied for 30th.
“I am proud of the efforts of all my athletes at state,” Lee Williams track and field coach Joan Abraham said. “… Winds gusted at 30 miles per hour (Saturday) and sent massive clouds of dust across the track throughout the day and into the evening. The conditions were difficult for all the participants. My state qualifiers worked hard this season though and it paid off. I am excited about next year knowing that most of them are returning for another chance to prove themselves.”
In the 4x400-meter relay, the Vol group of Enzo Marino, Chris Marcus, Zach Moyd, and Justin Sturgill qualified for the finals with a season-best time of 3:30.54.
“Enzo Marino and Chris Marcus ran solid legs, but Zach Moyd and Justin Sturgill, our seniors, ran outstanding legs,” Abraham said. “They both passed several runners and were able to finish in fifth place. It was a great way to cap off the meet and the season.”
The group’s time of 3:33.22 was right behind Coconino’s fourth-place time of 3:32.91.
Edmond Ashton finished seventh in the discus at 131-feet, 7-inches, while he took 25th in the shot put (39-feet, 4.5-inches). Kael Juelfs also competed in the shot put, tallying a throw of 43-feet, 1.5-inches for 17th-place.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Zach Tempert tied for 13th at 42.73.
“Zack Tempert was very hopeful about his chances in the 300 hurdles, but hit the first three and never got his rhythm going,” Abraham said. “He is looking forward to next year. He spent the first seven months of the school year injured, so the fact that he came so far in such a short time is still wonderful.”
Fellow Volunteer Enzo Marino finished right behind Tempert in the 300 hurdles, taking 15th at 42.90. Marino also ran the 110-meter hurdles and finished in 16.23 for 10th-place.
Andrew Cardiff cleared 5-feet, 10-inches for 15th in the high jump, while Diego Narvarte was 16th at 5-feet, 10-inches. Abraham said Cardiff cleared the height on his first attempt.
Justin Sturgill rounded out the Vol finishers, running a 23.37 in the 200-meter dash for 16th-place.
“(Sturgill) had a bad start and first curve which he normally runs really well,” Abraham said.