Vista track team poised to have strong season

By: Staff Report
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Vista del Lago’s track and field team has 13 athletes invited to compete in the Stanford Track and Field Invitational on Saturday. Emily Cooper, Narissa Tsuboi, Jessica Sampson, Maddie Ankhelyi, Marissa Leung, Jennifer Arbaugh, Rachel Lahr, Marissa Mendez and Courtney Coates will represent the girls’ team, while Bobby Melchin, Ian Kennedy, Matt Winkler and Riley Martin will compete for the boys. The Eagles are off to a solid start this season, featuring two strong teams. “The varsity girls seem to be very well rounded with great athletes in all 16 events,” Vista coach Mark Bosse said. “The varsity boys are pretty deep and are significantly improved over last year. The season is shaping up very nicely.” Cooper and Tsuboi, both sprinters, are currently highly ranked in the state and lead a strong core of sprinters. Lahr, Sampson and Khendall Turner are having good seasons in the hurdles and jumps, as are Leung and Emily Tuscano in the pole vault and Meaghan Heffelfinger in the shot put and discus, according to Bosse. Ankhelyi, Arbaugh and Mendez led the way in the distance races. Also, Bosse said, newcomers Ashley Richards, Courtney Coates, Robin Sarkasian, Jessica Mentzer, Kelsey Decker, Maci Shill and Kelsey Sampson have great potential to help the team. For the boys, Trey Hairabedian and Scott Fukui lead the sprinters, while Kennedy, Winkler and Martin lead the distance runners. Conner Valencia, Cory Batelaan and Peter Kohne are the team’s top pole vaulters, while Robby Otis and Bobby Melchin lead the middle distance runners and jumpers. Bosse said newcomers Matt Raymond (sprints), Harry Kozlowski and Colin McCargo (jumps) and Jordan Takeuchi (discus and shot put) have shown early promise. On March 13, the varsity women had a standout performance at the Granite Bay Invitational, as they tied for second place. Among the winning athletes included Cooper, who won both the 100 and 200 meters in 12.38 seconds and 25.57, respectively. Cooper also anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay team. The team of Sampson, Tsuboi, Lahr and Cooper won the race in 50.69. For the freshman-sophomore girls, Coates won the 400 meters in 1:06.42, while Matt Winkler won the 1,600 meters for the freshman-sophomore boys in 4:45.63. On March 17, the varsity girls defeated Cordova in a Sierra Valley Conference dual meet, 107-29, while the varsity boys lost 77-57 and the freshman-sophomore boys dropped a 69-67 decision. Among the highlights for the Eagles was Matt Raymond, who set a school record in the 100 meters of 11.8, while taking third in the race. Kennedy won the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 2:03.39. Sampson won the 300-meter hurdles in her first hurdle race in 54.47. Turner won both the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) and the 100 hurdles (17.28), while Lahr won both the long jump (16’3”) and triple jump (31’11”).