Lee Williams track and field shines at Sedona Red Rock Invitational
KINGMAN – Lee Williams High School track teams turned in some fine performances Saturday at the Sedona Red Rock Sedona Invitational meet.
Darleen Bland is doing a “phenomenal job” in all her events, Lee Williams track coach Joan Abraham said.
Bland ran 13.75 seconds for fourth place in the 100 meters, and ran a provisional qualifying time of 1:04.09 in the 400 meters, also good for fourth place.
She helped the 4x100 relay team of Sienna Cobanovich, Lilly Rapp and Alexis Hecker gain an automatic berth at state with a time of 52.65 seconds, and anchored the 4x400 relay team with a time of 4:29.35.
Sadie Snay heaved the shot put 30 feet, 10 inches for a personal best and provisional mark for state. She flung the discus 97 feet, 1 inch for a season record and moved up in the state rankings.
The girls 4x800 relay team of Alondra Correa, Meah Wilson, Kelly Koebel and Alize Hecker shaved 9 seconds off their personal best with a clocking of 11:10.14.
On the boys team, Justin Sturgill ran 23.48 seconds in the 200 meters, and was part of the 4x100 team with Andrew Davis, Donnie Simms and Chris Marcus that ran a season-best 46.89 seconds.
The 4x400 team of Sturgill, Enzo Marino, Zach Moyd and Chris Mrcus ran 3:39.24 to move up in the state rankings. Moyd ran his first open 800 in 2:08.77 and has a good chance to make it to state. His 4:48.83 time in the 1,600 meters is a provisional qualifying time. The times are adjusted downward for altitude.
Marino and Zack Tempert are running well in the hurdles, Abraham said. In the 300 hurdles, Tempert cut time off his season best with a run of 42.95 seconds, and Marino ran a strong 43.78 in his first event.
Andrew Rucker also ran a personal best and provisional mark of 17.40 in the 110 hurdles.
Kael Juelfs won the shot put with a season record 43 feet, 10 inches, and is improving as he heads to state. Kyle Julle threw 40 feet, 11 inches in the shot and 106 feet, 1 inch in the discus, both personal records.
Abraham said her athletes’ times and marks are not showing up in the state rankings, even though Edmond Ashton (discus), Diego Navarte (high jump) and Cobanovich (high jump) have already qualified.
Many other athletes have hit provisional marks and could qualify for state, Abraham said.
“We have a busy few weeks with six more qualifying meets to go,” the coach said. “I think it’s looking really good for us to take a large group to state again.”