Track standouts shine at Districts
The Quincy Track and Field team took advantage of the familiar settings and advanced nine of its members during the district championships at Jaycee Stadium last Friday.
“We did pretty good,” said coach Cory Medina in a phone interview. “I was happy with the way they came to compete.”
All nine athletes qualified for Regionals.
Alberto Tafoya qualified in the shot put and the discus. In the shot put, his throw earned him first place, with a distance of 48 feet, two inches. The throw was Tafoya’s career best, Medina said.
In the discus, Tafoya finished third with a toss of 132 feet and six inches.
Luis Camacho qualified in the 400-meter race, finishing in third place with a time of 51.73 seconds.
Carlos Sanchez qualified in the 100-meter race, in a bit of payback for him.
“He got disqualified in the 200, he false-started,” Medina said of the senior.
The disqualification hurt Sanchez, who had a good season in the 200, even beating the eventual district champ twice, Medina added.
“I’m proud of the way he bounced back,” Medina said. Sanchez finished third in the 100 meters with a time of 11.51 seconds.
Travis Harris qualified in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
In the 110 meters, he finished sixth with a time of 16.87 seconds. In the 300 meters, he finished third, with a time of 42.29 seconds.
The 4×400 relay team of Camacho, Sanchez, Harris and Caleb Williamson, also earned tickets to the regional meet, which will occur in Prosser this weekend.
The foursome finished third with a time of three minutes, 35.64 seconds.
Samantha Kleyn qualified for regionals in both hurdles’ races.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Kleyn finished third with a time of 16.24 seconds.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Kleyn finished third, with a time of 47.72 seconds.
In the shot put, Mashayla Schaapman finished third with a toss of 33 feet, 3.75 inches.
Heidi Bishop finished third and Kaitlin Ramsey finished sixth in the triple jump.
Ramsey leaped 32 feet, two inches, while Bishop jumped 32 feet 10.5 inches.
A good showing at Regionals earns tickets to the 2A state meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Having this many athletes head to Prosser meets with the expectations Medina and the coaches had at the beginning of the season, he said.
“The biggest surprise was in the 4×4 (relay),” Medina said, “with Caleb Williamson.”
Williamson is the newest member of the 4×400 relay team.The other three runners have at least two seasons of experience. Athletic.net lists one 4×400 race early on Williamson’s freshman year.
Williamson “came out of nowhere and started running really good ‘400’ times,” Medina said.
The meet at Prosser High School is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
— By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org