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Cooper leads Vista track team

By: Staff Report
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Emily Cooper and the Vista del Lago sprinters lead a strong contingent of Eagle athletes at the Division II track and field championships this week at Bella Vista High School. Cooper, who won Sierra Valley Conference titles in the 100 and 200-meter dashes last week, will look to advance to the Masters Championships to be held May 27-28 at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College. Cooper’s winning time in the 100-meter preliminaries of 12.36 seconds set a meet record. She won the 200 meters in 25.62 and also ran on the winning 4x100-meter relay team with Khendall Turner, Narissa Tsuboi and Jessica Sampson, as the quartet posted a winning time of 49.77. Tsuboi, Sampson and Cooper ran with Courtney Coates in the 4x400-meter relay and placed second in 4:06.48. For the varsity boys, Scott Fukui had a strong meet, placing second in the 110 hurdles in 15.98 and the triple jump (42’8 ½”). Both marks set school records. Fukui also took fifth in the long jump (20’ 1 ¼”). Riley Martin set a school record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:59.66, which placed him sixth in the event. Evan Pipion placed third behind Fukui in the 110 hurdles in 15.99. The varsity girls had several third-place finishes, including a pair from Madeleine Ankhelyi, who finished the 800 meters in 2:19.12 and the 1,600 in 5:09.59. Tsuboi finished third in the 100 in 12.65 and Turner ran the 100 hurdles in 16.98 to take third. Other third-place finishers included Emily Tuscano (pole vault, 9’3”), Rachel Lahr (triple jump, 34’ 4 ¾”) and Meaghan Heffelfinger (discus, 102’10”). Last week the Vista del Lago freshman-sophomore girls won the Sierra Valley Conference title and had five athletes win events. Jessica Mentzer won the 800 in 2:24.56 and set a meet record in the process. Elizabeth Anderson won the 1,600 in 5:43.70, while Kelsey Sampson won the 300 hurdles (52.29) and the triple jump (31’ 5 ¾”). The relay team of Kelsey Decker, Chelse Shill, Taylor Knickerbocker and Mentzer also won the 4x400-meter relay in 4:26.50.