12-13 Manson Sports

Track State Championships Eastern WA University









Track State Championships Eastern WA University

Coach Toolson reports:

May 24th & 25th, 2013

The Manson track team took a sizable contingent to Cheney this past weekend to compete in the final meet of the season- the state championships. As it often is with track meets, it was a mixed bag of results. The weather was mediocre at best for the competition- breezy, cool, and often times rainy.

Friday competition began with the boys’ shot put. We had Alex Vanderholm and Kelly McClellan competing. Unfortunately, neither was at their best this day, both falling short of their previous best efforts. Alex advanced into the finals but was unable to improve his position by the final throw and ended up in 9th place, just out of the medals.

The boys and girls 4x100 relays were next up. The boys ran a fairly clean race and ran close to their best time of the season. However, the quality of the competition was just too much to overcome and the finished in 13th place overall in a time of 46.61. We had high hopes for the girl’s team, as they were ranked 7th going into the competition and landing on the medal podium seemed a real possibility. Unfortunately, they seemed just a bit out of sync, both running and with their exchanges, and ended up in 13th place, almost 2 seconds slower than their time from last week.

Ruby Garcia and Raechel Vanderholm were entered in the discus. Both seemed a little out of rhythm and were not able to match their best efforts from earlier in the year.

Paul Toolson then competed in the 400m. We knew it would be a long shot for him to qualify for the finals, as the top 8 times were more the second ahead of his best time. This proved to be the case, as Paul ran well, but still ended up in 12th place.
Itzel Castro had the bad luck to have to run her 200m in a downpour. She competed hard and ran well, but still finished in 14th place.

The last event of the first day was the girls 4x400 relay. The girls ran very well, breaking their school record by almost 5 seconds. Unfortunately, it was not good enough to move on to the finals and they finished 12th overall. Still a good effort though.

Day 2 of competition was much more memorable. It began with Paul Toolson in the triple jump. Paul was ranked 12th going in and outperformed his ranking by finishing up in 7th place and picking up 2 team points in the process. Paul had been battling a leg injury the past month of the season that limited his jumping, so to see him overcome this and jump to a pr and place at the state meet was very satisfying.

Alex Vanderholm

The last Manson athlete to compete was Alex Vanderholm in the discus. Alex was ranked second going in and we knew if things fell just right he had a shot at winning the competition. And that is exactly what happened. On his first throw, he threw a new pr of 150' that really put the pressure on the competition. Then, in the first throw of finals he unleashed a huge throw of 154'3" to extend his lead even further. The competition was unable to even come close to his marks, as he ended up winning by 10' and taking home the first place medal. It also collected 10 points for the team.

The boy’s team ended up with 12 points total, good enough for 17th place.

All in all, it was an outstanding season and the kids did everything we asked of them. Thank you to the parents and others who supported the team throughout the year.

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