Prep Track: Vols take fourth, Lady Vols finish sixth at Buckeye Invite
KINGMAN – It is still early in the season, but the Lee Williams High School track and field team has already set high expectations for 2019.
The Vols took a step in the right direction with a fourth-place finish at the Buckeye Invite, while the Lady Vols were sixth.
“Our goal this season is to take even more kids to state and score in more events,” said Lee Williams head coach Joan Abraham. “With the way our season has started, that is a definite possibility.”
Zack Tempert led the Vols as the senior finished second in the 300 meter hurdles at 43.53, third in the 110 hurdles (16.76) and was part of a sixth-place finish in the 4x400 relay.
“His second place finish was pretty awesome, especially since in our first meet he hit a hurdle, fell, and got pretty scratched up in the same race – this should give him more confidence,” Abraham said. “In both of his hurdle races, he has run faster than the provisional mark and is closing in on the automatic mark.”
Classmate Chris Marcus was close behind Tempert with a fifth-place finish in the 110 hurdles at 17.01 and eighth in the 300 hurdles at 45.33.
“Chris Marcus is really improving,” Abraham said. “He did run a provisional time in the preliminaries of the 110 hurdles. We look for him to keep getting faster and make those marks.”
Drew Cardiff tallied a great mark of his own in the high jump as he cleared 6-foot, 4 inches to win the event and earn an automatic bid to state.
Kris Ashton rounded out the top Vols performers as the junior took second in the shot put after he tallied a provisional mark at 42 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
Meanwhile, Sadie Serrano notched a first-place finish in the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches and she was second in the long jump at 15 feet, five inches.
“Sadie Serrano jumped five feet in Havasu, but it wasn’t a qualifying meet,” Abraham said. “She just has to do it again and she’ll be going to state for that event for the first time.”
While Serrano tallied a pair of top finishes, it was Darleen Bland who stood out to the Lady Vols coaches.
“Darleen Bland ran very hard in all her races, but what stood out to the coaches was her leg of the 4x400 relay,” Abraham said. “She had already run three 100s – counting preliminaries and finals – and two 400s. She went out and ran a 63-second split after all of that. She is coming into the season really strong and should just get better from here.”
Bland joined Amelia Bracket, Lillian Rapp and Alexis Hecker to finish fourth in the 4x100 at 53.95.
Hecker also excelled individually as the junior finished third in the 400 at 1:06.50, while her twin sister Alize ran a 2:43.97 for seventh place in the 800. Rapp, meanwhile, finished fifth in the 100 hurdles at 18.06.
Lake Havasu Multi
It was a successful day for the Kingman and Kingman Academy high school track and field teams at the Lake Havasu Multi. The Lady Tigers led the way with a second-place finish, followed by the Lady Bulldogs in third. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were third and the Tigers took fifth.
Kingman won three individual events, while a trio of athletes notched second-place finishes.
Christian Yazzie took first in the 3,200 meter run at 11:35.67 and Jamal Cash won both the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Tatum Rader paced the Lady Bulldogs as the junior took second in the 400 at 1:06.45, while Kingman’s Danny Dias was second in the 100 (11.50) and teammate Malakai Bell finished second in the 200 at 23.51.
Bell also added a fourth-place finish in the 100 at 11.82.
Kingman’s Gabby Lammers ran a 29.28 in the 200 for third place, while a pair of Bulldogs finished in fourth. Christian Cleaver ran a 24.58 in the 200 and Garrett Tognazzini finished the 800 in 2:41.14.
The Lady Tigers tallied a third-place finish in the long jump when freshman Lynette Karsgor leaped 12 feet, 11 1/2 inches.
Kingman Academy’s Kaelene Alleman finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (19.72), while Kingman’s Katelynn Stout was fourth in the discus at 70 feet, 11 inches.