Tigers roar by competition at
Mitchell boys 400 relay, Morrill girls set new records
By Zach Spadt, For the Voice News - April 20, 2017
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Christian Perez receives the baton from Abe Hernandez to start the anchor leg of the 4X100 meter relay at the Western Trails Conference meet in Mitchell. Perez and Hernandez teamed up with teammates Hunter Lemley and Drake Gilliland to break the record, set in 1997, with a time of 44.1.
MITCHELL – Morrill’s Jessica Harvey had an outstanding outing at the Western Trails Conference meet in Mitchell last week helping the Lady Lions finish fourth with 70 points.
The senior sprinter won every race in which she competed individually. She won the 200 in a personal-best time of 26.45.
Harvey didn’t slow down for the 100 meter dash, decisively winning the race with a time of 12.23, which was a new Morrill school record. The old record of 12.6 was set in 1987.
Harvey also managed a second place finish in the girls long jump with a new best of 16-feet-8.
Lily Martin won the triple jump with a new WTC record leap of 34-feet-7.75 and also was second in the high jump with a clearance of 4-feet-10.
Martin also earned the team points with a fourth-place finish in the 400 meter run and sixth-place effort in the 800 meter run.
Andrea Lashley earned points with a sixth place finish in the 3,200 meter run.
Morrill’s boys’ field competitors helped the Lions earn seventh-place team honors.
Johnny Hessler placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 40-feet-1. Aaron Lopez also earned ninth place in the event.
Hessler and Lopez also earned fifth and seventh-place finishes, respectively, in the discus throw.
Jayden Harvey earned a sixth-place finish in the pole vault with a clearance of 8-feet-6.
Keaton Robb had a good meet in the long jump as he placed fifth while jumping 18-feet-4.
The Morrill 3,200-meter relay team of D’Marco Ayala, Kyle Black, Eric Torres and Harvey finished sixth.
Black, Harvey, Trevor Cecil, and Torres teamed up for a sixth place finish in the 1,600 relay. Torres scored the team even more points with a sixth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.
Robb also earned second-place in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth-place honors in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.39.
Morrill teams will head to Scottsbluff on Friday to compete in the Western Conference Meet.
Winning is hardly news anymore for the Mitchell track and field teams.
The Lady Tigers scored 157 points to outdistance second-place Bridgeport at the Western Trails Conference meet last week at Mitchell.
“They are not only about themselves, but they do what needs to be done for the team,” Mitchell head track and field coach Michelle Peters said.
Meanwhile, the Mitchell boys tallied 141 points to get by Bridgeport by eight points for first place.
“Our boys did an amazing job,” Coach Peters said. “Not only were they competing well individually, but they were doing what needed to be for the team and that’s what makes these kids competitors.”
Sprinting dominance by the Tigers once again carried Mitchell as its sprinters were clicking on all cylinders.
Seniors Abe Hernandez and Christian Perez racked up numerous wins in sprinting events and played a part in setting a meet record.
In the 100 meter dash, Perez edged out Hernandez by less than two tenths of a second to win with a time of 10.67.
Switching to the 200 meter dash, Hernandez took the win, with a time of 22.37. Perez was close behind in second with a time of 22.68.
Hernandez also earned a win in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.92.
Joining with Hunter Lemley and Drake Gilliland, Hernandez and Perez took part in a record-setting 400-meter relay with a time of 44.1.
Gilliland had a stellar meet as well, winning the 300-meter hurdles event by just two thousandths of a second with a time of 41.05.
Donte’ Bellairs finished fifth in the 110 meter hurdles.
Max Avila earned third place in the 1,600 -meter run.
Mitchell also did exceptionally well in the field events, representing the top two finishers in the pole vault event. Justin Spencer won the event with a height of 13-feet-6. Teammate Darryn Walters placed second in the event, vaulting to a height of 12-feet-8.
Mitchell’s Maximus Palomo also earned fifth in the event.
Blake Thyne earned a fourth place in the triple jump, jumping to 36-feet-11. He also earned second place in the high jump.
Joseph Pieper earned third place honors in the shot put, throwing it 42-feet-3.
Nicholas Coley earned sixth in the discus throw.
At the conclusion of the meet, Hernandez was voted the boys MVP.
For the Lady Tigers, Madi Watson won the 1,600 and 3,200 in 5:45.89 and 12:34.51 respectively.
“This is the first time she has run that and we talked to her about what she needed to do to come home with the team title,” Coach Peters said. “Madison was more than willing to go out and try the 3,200 today and she did it without blinking an eye. Again, it was what is best for the team and she did it. We are very proud of her.”
Jori Peters pulled off a double-double in winning the 400 in 59.81 and the 800 in 2:28.30.
Peters and Watson also teamed with Olivia Armstrong and Celeste Cardona to win the 1,600-meter relay in 4:21.88.
Cardona also came in first in the 300 hurdles in 48.69.
The 400 relay team of Armstrong, Bethany Sterkel, Natasha Perez and Anabelle Gillen also crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 52.26.
Individually, Armstrong was third in the 100 and fourth in the 200.
Mitchell teams will head to Scottsbluff on Friday to compete in the Western Conference Meet.
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