The Manson track team had one of it's finest meets in a number of years Saturday in the District 6 competition. There was not a disappointing showing among all the participants, only happy surprises. The meets served as a state qualifier as well, and we have 11 total athletes going on to the state championships next weekend in Cheney. In the past number of years we have had only 1 or 2 athletes go to state, so 11 is a huge accomplishment for the team.
The meet got off on the right foot when Casey Sorensen won the shot put with a commanding 6' victory. Alex Vanderholm placed 3rd in the shot put, also moving on to state next week.
The girls 4x200 relay ran a season's best time 2:02 and placed a respectable 5th. The team consisted of Eli Leyva, Stephanie Quiroz, Jaque Guillen, and Aylee Neff.
Bailey Stevens overcame a slow start and an upset stomach to place 4th in the 100m, good enough to qualify for state.
Marcus Vanderholm did his usual thing, which is winning. He used patience and good strategy in both the 1600 and 3200. He let other runners set the early pace, conserving energy, and then out racing his competitors on the last lap to comfortably win both races. The 3200 was in a personal best time and new school record of 10:16. Marcus also moved onto state in the 800m after placing 3rd in a personal best time of 2:05.
The highlight races of the meet were in the 4x100 relays. The boys overcame a couple of mediocre exchanges to place 3rd and move on to state. Our anchor leg, Bailey Stevens, received the baton in 5th place but proceeded to run down a couple other teams to move the team up into contention. The other team members are Ty Harding, Casey Sorensen, and Paul Toolson.
The most shocking result in the meet was the girls 4x100 relay. 3 out of the 4 runners have been nursing injuries for several weeks so we really didn't know how they would perform. The girls managed to run a season's best time of 55.1 and run to a superb 2nd place finish and move on to state next week. The team consists of Alyee Neff, Itzel Castro, Stephanie Quiroz, and Ofelia Rodriguez.
Cheyanne McFadden ran a great race, gutting out a 6 second personal best and placing 7th in a loaded field in the girls 1600m.
Jesse Russell ran to 7th place in the 400m.
Eli Leyva also placed 7th in the 400m, breaking 70 seconds for only the second time.
Jaque Guillen placed 7th in the 800m.
Alex Vanderholm broke 130' feet in the discus and placed 2nd, narrowly missing out on a victory but still moving on to state next week.
The most exciting race of the day was the last one. The boy's 4x400 relay team ran to a courageous 4th place finish and a trip to Cheney for their efforts. All 4 boys ran with pride and determination. The race came down to the final 2 laps. Paul Toolson got the baton in 5th place and proceeded to run a 2 second pr and move up to 4th. Our anchor leg, Bailey Stevens held off several challenges on the last lap and kept us in 4th place for another state berth. The boys broke the school record by a whopping 7 seconds in the race.
I wanted thank Ken Nelson, Adriana Guzman, Joseph Toolson, and Donnie Vanderholm for running the girls long jump and triple jump events.
I also wanted to thank all the parents and community members who came out to support the team yesterday.