Both the girls and boys state track and field teams placed in the top 10 at State over this past weekend. The girls team placed seventh out of 29 teams, and the boys team placed eighth out of 31 teams. The two days of competitions were filled with PR’s and close races for the Lancers.
On the girls’ side, senior Grace Pickell won state for the second year in a row in high jump. She won with a height of 5′ 8″. Senior Emma Vickers won first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.83 seconds. Junior Grace Quinlan won fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:22.74 minutes. The top four finishers in Quinlan’s race finished within one second of each other. In another close race, the 4×400 relay team of sophomore Phoebe Aguiar, senior Annie Kuklenski, Quinlan and Vickers won second. Their time was 4:02.52, which was 0.05 seconds more than the state-winning team.
The girls’ 4×800 meter relay team of Quinlan, sophomore Stephanie Wilcox, sophomore Hannah Arnspiger and Kuklenski took seventh place with a time of 10:01.94 minutes. In discus, junior Molly Ross “just missed podium” by placing ninth with a distance of 35.10 meters.
For the boys’ team, senior Troy Wilkins won third place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.64 seconds. Senior Devin Burton placed third in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.09 seconds and second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 39.46 seconds. The 4×400 meter relay team of seniors Sam Stewart, David Stewart, Carter Olander and Juan Ramos placed sixth with a time of 3:27.39 minutes. Senior Alic Erpelding placed 11th in the pole vault with a height of 3.81 meters and senior Tommy McGillicuddy took fifth in the triple jump with a 13.58 meter jump.
In a close race, the 4×800 meter relay team of Ramos, senior Mitch Kaskie, senior Joe Bahr and Olander took third place. All four seniors had a PR in the race and their final time was 8:03.9 minutes. Senior Bennet Uhl was the final competitor, placing 11th in the discus with a throw of 44.01 meters.
East had the highest placed girls’ team from SMSD at State, and the boys’ team was second in the district to SM Northwest.