Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Golden Sierra comes out on top


GRIZZLY BECCA BROWN competes in a relay race at Wednesday's track meet at Golden Sierra. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

GARDEN VALLEY — Competition at the second Sierra Delta League track and field meet wrapped up Wednesday with the host Grizzlies grabbing 23 top-six finishes in 16 separate events — propelling the varsity boys’ to victory while on the girl’s side, Becca Brown’s wins in the 100m and 200m races led the top-ranked Grizzlies to the win over six other teams.

“The kids did an outstanding job ‘stepping it up’ as I asked them to do as a result of some key injuries and missing athletes,” Griz coach Mike Brown said.

On the track, sophomores Ryan Sewell and Hunter Hughes won their individual distance events. Sewell’s big kick at the end of the 3,200m race garnered a winning time of 10:43 with Hunter pulling off the 1,600m win in 5:05.

“Outstanding performances were once again turned in by the distance running corps,” coach Brown said.

David Blanton was a work horse and also scored points in the 800, 1,600, 3,200, and was part of the 4 x 400 relay as well.

The Grizzlies struggled in the sprints, grabbing just one top-6 finish as freshman Talon Albert ran for sixth place in the 100-meter dash (12.24).

Hurdler Alex Soden improved his season time in the 110m hurdles (16.5), finishing second. He also ran well enough to capture third in the 300m hurdles (47.37). The Grizzlies’ 4×400-meter relay team of Albert, Blanton, Hughes and Avalos took third.

Seniors Brian Agee and Zander Mishler went 1-2 in the pole vault, clearing 9-6 and 9-0, respectively; then the duo switched places in the high jump in their 1-2 finish with Mishler on top at 5-8 and Agee at 5-6.

The varsity shot putters nabbed three of the top-six point positions taking second, fourth and fifth. Senior Kyle Hensman led the trio with a throw of 38-11.75, with Agee tossing the iron for 35-10 and junior Casey Blakely had a best attempt of 35-06.75.

Becca Brown took first in the 100m dash with a time of 13.44. Fourth was Abigail Wever, at 14.24, and Katie Robertson finished seventh in 14.42. Brown also won the 200m dash (27.81) and Wever finished in fifth (29.73).

Alexis Babbes continues to soar in the pole vault, winning the event with a new height of 8-6 to break the school record for the fourth time this season to highlight the meet.

As breezy wind conditions continued throughout the afternoon, freshmen Maylene Coetzee cleared 4-6 in the high jump, good enough for first, and Alysha Batson was second at 4-04.

Senior Julia Patterson had a best throw in the discus of 92-2, well off her season best of 110 feet but the distance was still good enough for first.



Rebecca Reddish


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