Vista track team continues to post strong performances

By: Staff Report
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Vista del Lago’s track and field team continues to improve as the season progresses. The varsity girls’ team, in particular, defeated Ponderosa in a dual meet last week and then won the Bella Vista Invitational on Saturday. Several athletes, both from the girls’ team and the boys’ team, also turned in personal-best performances. The girls’ battled Ponderosa, pulling away late in the meet by sweeping the 200 and 3,200-meter runs. Emily Cooper, Jessica Sampson and Narissa Tsuboi went one, two, three in the 200, while Madeleine Ankhelyi, Marissa Mendez and Jennifer Arbaugh swept the 3,200. Cooper finished the meet with a 57.3-second anchor leg in the 4x400-meter relay, which set a school record. Tsuboi, Jessica Mentzer and Coates also ran on the relay. For the boys, Ian Kennedy also set school records in the 800 (2:01.8) and 1,600 (4:29). At the Bella Vista Invitational, Cooper earned a pair of first-place finishes in the 100 meters (12.8) and 200 meters (26.01), while Ankhelyi won the 1,600 with a school-record time of 5:07.94. Cooper also anchored the first-place 4x100-meter relay team, as Sampson, Tsuboi, Courtney Coates and Cooper won in 51.10. Third-place finishers included Tsuboi (100, 12.96) and Marisa Leung and Emily Toscano in the pole vault, as both cleared the bar at 9’0”. Rachael Lahr placed fifth in the long jump (15’9 ½”) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (51.02). Coates, Jennifer Morgan and Meaghan Heffelfinger also placed sixth in the 400 (1:03.57), 3,200 (11:56.20) and discus (95’10”), respectively. For the boys, Kennedy broke his own school record he set earlier in the week again, running the 800 in 2:01.36 to place fifth. Robbie Otis took second in the high jump at 5’8” and also ran on the 4x400-meter relay team that placed sixth in 3:37.96. Riley Martin, Kozlowski and Bobby Melchin also ran on the team. Scott Fukui ended up sixth in the 110 hurdles in 16.67, while Conner Valencia and Peter Kohne both pole vaulted 11’0”, which placed them fifth and sixth, respectively. The freshman-sophomore boys’ 4x400-meter relay team of Matthew Raymond, Matt Winkler, Trevor Canova and CJ Moore set a school record with a winning time of 3:41.81. Winkler also won the 1,600 in 4:38.34. Cory Batelaan took second in the pole vault at 10’6”, which tied a school record. Jordan Takeuchi placed third in the discus with a throw of 116 feet. Raymond placed fifth in the 200 in 24.59, while Moore finished sixth in the 400 in 55.36.