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5/11/2013 10:27:00 AM
Verde Valley athletes off to fast start in state track meet

Travis Guy
Sports Reporter


After the first day of the state track and field championships, the Mingus Union Marauders have two first place finishes; the Camp Verde Cowboys have one top-4 finish and a few athletes have been edged out of their goal of placing in or winning state.

The Verde Valley was well represented in the girls' discus throw podium by claiming all four spots. Senior Katie Wilson did what she wanted to do and went out there, threw, had fun and got on the podium by PRing with a 115 feet, 6 inch throw, two inches shy of second. Sophomore Heather Calandra also PRed by almost 10 feet when she threw for 119 feet even, landing in first. The other two places were filled by Sedona Red Rock, showing the fans in attendance which region in Arizona has the best throwers.

Marauder Allison Whitworth, while not claiming gold, did get silver in the high jump, missing out on gold by two inches, and clearing 5 feet, 2 inches in her second place finish. The mixture of distance runners and sprinters, the girls 4X800 relay team, beat the rest of the field by nearly two seconds, and blew away their previous times after their gold medal performance of 9:49.77.

Despite the celebrating that was happening for Mingus Union and Camp Verde (while the school only had one medalist, Amanda Showers and Justin Reay advanced to the final), there was heart ache as well. Justin followed true to his plan for the 800-meter race and finished fourth in his heat. Unfortunately, the first place finisher from the heat before him finished with a better time, and claimed fourth. The senior from Camp Verde was beat by .01 of a second in his fourth 800 of the season. Another senior that missed out on getting on the podium was Mingus' Skyler Storie. Skyler ran the 3200 and going into the eighth and final lap, was right up front with the rest of the pack. Sedona's Mykala Seresun began to stretch out the group and gave herself a decent lead, but the Marauder was not able to keep up with the top-4 and fell to sixth place. After adding a gold to her awards case in the 4X800, Skyler had to settle for sixth place when she finished the 3200 in 11:39.10.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Shawna Taylor

Coach Bostwick,
You are one of the biggest reasons that these girls have pulled this off two years in a row. I know you won't take credit but you are the absolute example of what a coach should be. Your leadership and encouragement for my daughter and her team mates is absolutely unbelievable and they ADORE you!!
CONGRATS TO THE MUHS TEAM!!!


Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Bostwick

Congratulations to girls for repeating as STATE CHAMPIONS! Seniors Delany Scanlen, Skyler Storie, Holly Drake, Thank you for your leadership!
Jim Bostwick




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