4/30/2013 1:31:00 PM Track and field continues dominance in team finishes at Yavapai County Championships Boys finish third, girls bring top-honors back to Cottonwood, including five individual and five relay team first place awards
From left, Mingus’ Braeden Wills, Chino’s Patrick Dylan, Prescott’s Trey Fuller, and Bradshaw’s Alex Price cross the finish line during the second heat of the boys 100M dash Friday afternoon during the Yavapai County Track meet in Prescott Valley. Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
Chino’s Kris Brix and other local school runners leap over the first hurdle for the start of the boys 110M hurdles event Friday afternoon during the Yavapai County Track meet in Prescott Valley.
Despite being the tail end of the season and the wear and tear of meets possibly grinding on the students, the Mingus Union boys and girls teams continued their dominance atop the leader boards at the Yavapai County Track and Field Championships.
In the three meets before the Yavapai championships, the boys brought back two second place and one third place trophy to Cottonwood and the girls have earned one second and two first place finishes. While at Bradshaw Mountain High School, the host school, the boys claimed third place and the girls added another gold, beating the Sedona Red Rock girls' team by three points.
Senior Delaney Scanlan ran her slowest 100-meter race of the season, 13.54, but it was still enough to best her field by .18 seconds, when the next student finished. Delaney competed in one other individual event, the long jump, and PRed by almost two inches when she jumped 16 feet, 2 inches.
Delaney was, as usual, also part of the 4X100 and 4X400 relay teams and the teams continued their dominance of the ranks with third and first place finishes. The 4X100 team was the third team across the line with a time of 52.62, and the 4X400 team took home top honors when they completed the race in 4:12.74. This was just over two seconds from the school record set by the girls at the Wrangler Invitational.
Another member of both teams, Justine Taylor, nabbed top honors in the 400-meter race with a time of 1:01.72, more than a second before second place. Justine was also part of the 4X800 team that has not tasted defeat this season. The relay team has run in four meets this season and claimed first place in each meet.
Justine and Delaney helped the girls bring home five gold's, and junior Ryan Talbot earned the only individual first place for the boys, but the three relay teams each too top honors as well.
Ryan ran in the 200 and 400-meter race, besting friend and common foe Justin Reay of Camp Verde, in both the races. The junior finished just ahead of Justin in the 200 with a time of 23.32 and completed the 400 in 50.01, his third worst time of the season, but it was following his thrilling 800-meter race the meet prior and he had not run the 400 since Mingus Union held a meet on April 19.
Much like the girls, the boys' relay teams dominated the field, but unlike the girls, the boys swept the races. Each race was easily won by the Marauders, with the 100 team being .82 ahead of second (44.71), the 400 5.47 seconds in front (3:29.83) and the 800-meter relay team beat the next team by 7.12 seconds (8:36.22).
Even though those were the only first place finishes for the Marauders, both the boys and girls had a slew of other top-5 finishes. Some of the highlights include Heather Calandra, second in shot put and third in discus, Javin Helsel, fifth in the 100 and 200-meter races, Skyler Storie, third in the 800 and 1600, Gustavo Banks, fourth in the 1600 and second in the 3200, Penny Fenn, second in the 3200 and Trenton Anderson who took home third in the 110-meter hurdle and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
With one event remaining before state, the Marauders will travel to Alhambra High School in Phoenix for the PUHSD Last Chance meet on May 1. The first events begin at 3:30 p.m.