Gabriela Guillen not only helped the 4X400 team win its competition at the Quincy Invite, but she also won the 1600 meter run with her personal best for the year. File Photo
Chelan competes well at the annual LeMaster Daniels Quincy Invitational Track Meet
Reported by Coach Greg Griffiths
On Saturday, April 26, the Chelan boys and girls track teams traveled to Quincy to compete in the 9th Annual LeMaster Daniels Quincy Invitational Track Meet. This year’s meet featured close to 900 athletes from 25 schools. With near perfect weather conditions hopes were high for new performance marks and the athletes didn’t disappoint.
Chelan’s girl’s sprinters continue to improve as individual event and relay times are amongst the best in the State. According to Coach Griffiths, “Our sprint coach, Darren Talley, has done a great job of blending the experience of last year’s sprinters with the talent in our freshman class.” This was evident in both the 4 X 200 and 4 X 400 relay.
Jaicee Harris, who is recovering from an injury, was replaced by freshman Maddie Knaub in the 4 X 200 relay as they raced to victory with a time of 1:51.4. This is on 2 tenths of a second off their season best set 2 weeks earlier in Cashmere. In the 4 X 400 relay, sophomore Gabriela Guillen filled in for Harris and once again, the Lady Goats finished in 1st place with a time of 4:14.1. Chelan’s victory came over 2nd place finisher Ephrata, avenging the loss from a week earlier at the Rieke Invitational in Leavenworth.
Of the times for these relays, Griffiths noted, “We are currently ranked in the top 8 in the State in the 4 X 200. However, 6 of the top 8 are from our region and only the top 4 qualify for State Track Meet. We compete in an incredibly tough region but those who survive the Regional Meet 3 weeks from now in Spokane will do well at State. It’s all about being healthy and having depth at this time of the year.” The 4 X 400 relay team is ranked 3rd in State and running within seconds of the times posted by the Chelan team which finished 2nd in State last year. “As teams reposition their athletes in the relays in for the run to State, we’ll see how these times stack up. We’re pleased to be running this well going in to May.”
Gaby Guillen provided some early excitement as she ran her season’s best time to win the 1600 meter run, an event she placed 2nd in last year. In all, 10 of Chelan’s girls and 5 of the boys set season and/or personal bests in their events. Sydney Austin, Darby Jenkins, and Katelyn Peer managed to set season’s bests in 3 of 4 events in which they participated. Jenkins finished 5th in the Pole Vault (8’6”) and 8th in the 300 meter Hurdles (52.6) while Austin finished 3rd in the 400 meter run (61.53).
Also setting season’s bests for the Lady Goats were Casey Canavan (200 meter), Solin Castro (3200 meter), Jaicee Harris (discus), Maddie Knaub (200 meter), Samantha Moser (100 meter) and Sarah Waszkewitz (discus and 300 meter hurdles).
For the boys, the best finish came from Sam Sydloski-Tesch as he placed 5th in the long jump sailing 20 feet. Hank Burton continues to do well placing 6th in the pole vault at 10’6”. Both Sydloski-Tesch (Long Jump, 200 meter) and Brett Linehan (100 meter, 200 meter) set season’s bests in more than one event while Alex Peer (1600 meter run), Luke Laughlin (400 meter) and Steven Jonasson (long jump) also established new season marks. The boys relay teams have been hampered by the loss of top sprinter Derek Talley to a muscle injury. They hope to be back to full strength by Districts in two weeks.
Next Friday, May 2, the Goats will travel to Cashmere to compete in the Caribou Trail League Championships