Abby Dunn throws in the junior varsity 4-kilogram shot put event during the track and field meet Wednesday, April 25. Photo by Ashley Grogan

Grizzly track and field braces for NAL Championships

The Lassen High School track and field teams are nearly finished with the spring 2018 Northern Athletic League season. The Grizzlies participated in their final NAL meet Wednesday, May 2 with opponents Yreka and Central Valley at the Central Valley High School track. With only the NAL championships remaining until the purple and gold move on to division, section and state competitions, things are certainly heating up in all events.

Prior to the meet at Central Valley High, Lassen hosted a NAL meet against U-Prep on April 25. Additionally, the Grizzlies participated in two invitationals: The West Valley Invitational on April 20 and the Norm MacKenzie Invitational Friday, April 28.

Derek Bettencourt sprints the first leg of the varsity boy’s 4×100 relay and thus helps the Grizzly team earn first with a time of 59.52 seconds. Photo by Ashley Grogan

While at home, the Grizzlies had a total of 10 individual first-place finishes and two first-place finish from a relay team. Individuals who finished first in their respective events included Skyler Sager, Neil Growdon, Jack Mallery, Garrett Sandborg, Cynthia Melton, Mark Trinidad, Spencer Krier and Gaige Thompson. The varsity boys’ relay team included Derek Bettencourt, Xyler Elias, Drew Nickell and German Martinez. The junior varsity boys’ relay team included Lucas Fish, Growdon, Mallery and Josh Harlow.

Sager finished first in the junior varsity boys’ 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.11. Growdon finished first in the junior varsity boys’ 800-meter dash with a time of 2:12.80, and then finished first in the varsity boys’ 1.6-kilorgram discus even with a personal record discus of 37.4 meters. Mallery finished first in the 1,600-meter dash with a time of 5:01.00. Sandborg finished first in the 3,200-meter dash with a time of 11:24.00. Melton earned first in the varsity girls’ 4-kilogram shot put event with a distance of 30 feet and 11 inches. Trinidad earned first in both the junior varsity boys’ high jump and the junior varsity boys’ long jump with a height of 5 feet and 6 inches in the first and a distance of 17 feet and 7 inches in the latter. Krier earned first in the junior varsity boys’ triple jump with a distance of 24 feet and 11 inches. Thompson earned first in the junior varsity girls’ triple jump with a distance of 27 feet and 3 inches.

The varsity boys’ 4×100 relay team finished first with a time of 59.52 seconds. The junior varsity boys’ 4×400 relay team finished first with a time of 3:58.90.

The Norm MacKenzie Invitational hosted 25 teams in total with only Lassen and Gridley representing division II.

During the Norm MacKenzie Invitational, Lassen had six individual first-place finishes and one first-place finish from one of the purple and gold relay teams. Individual athletes who finished first in their respective events included Growdon, Mallery, Melton, Sandborg and Bradley Woods. The relay team included Fish, Growdon, Mallery and Jack Duncan.

Growdon finished first in the junior varsity boys’ 800-meter dash with a time of 2:12.20. Mallery was first to finish the 1-mile run with a personal record time of 4:55.66. Sandborg finished first in the junior varsity boys’ 3,200-meter dash with a personal record time of 10:39.17. Melton earned first place in the varsity girls’ 4-kilogram shot put even with a distance of 32 feet and 1.5 inches. Woods earned first place for both the junior varsity boys’ 10-pound shot put event and the junior varsity boys’ 1.6-kilogram discus event with a personal record distance of 47 feet and 4.5 inches for the shot put and 119 feet and 2 inches for the discus.

The junior varsity boys’ 4×400 relay team finished first with a time of 3:56.11.

The West Valley Invitational hosted 35 teams in total with six teams alongside the Grizzlies in division II.

Regarding the West Valley Invitational, the Grizzlies were unable to secure any first-place finishes.

In addition to the many Grizzlies who earned a first-place finish, the remaining purple and gold athletes also performed exceptionally well, whether during an event based on speed, endurance or strength.

Many Lassen High athletes showed off their skills in front of family and friends at home during the April 25 meet.

In the varsity boys’ 100-meter dash, Derek Bettencourt finished fourth with a time of 11.84 seconds. Elias finished sixth with a time of 12.70 seconds, and Martinez was eighth to finish with 12.90 seconds on the clock.

The varsity girls’ 100-meter dash saw Kirsten Lama finish eighth with a time of 15.28 seconds. Luisa Murmann finished ninth with a time of 15.81 seconds. Hailey Moore was next in with a time of 18.09 earning her 10th place.

In the junior varsity boys’ 100-meter dash, Woods finished third with a time of 12.91 seconds. Chris Hackler finished fourth with a time of 13.60 seconds. Krier finished fifth with a time of 14.31 seconds.

During the junior varsity girls’ 100-meter dash, Grace Gatie finished third overall with a time of 14.75 seconds. Madison Smith was next in with a time of 15.31 seconds. Next was Molly Bettencout with 15.52 seconds on the clock, then Thompson with a time of 15.57 seconds and Trysta Spangle with 16.02 seconds on the clock.

The varsity boys’ 200-meter dash saw Jacob Vanderly finish fifth with a personal record time of 30.15 seconds. Michael Nourie finished sixth with a time of 30.66 seconds.

In the varsity girls’ 200-meter dash, Taylor Fennel finished sixth with a time of 32.9 seconds and Luisa Murmann came in seventh with 34.38 seconds on the clock.

Sager finished third in the junior varsity boys’ 200-meter dash with a personal record time of 27 seconds straight up.

In the junior varsity girls’ 200-meter dash, Gatie was third to finish with a personal record time of 30.43 seconds, Smith finished fifth with a time of 32.61 seconds and Tatiana Munoz finished sixth with a time of 34.41 seconds.

The varsity boys’ 400-meter dash saw Vanderly finish sixth and Nourie finish seventh with times of 1:06.77 and 1:10.42, respectively.

Murmann finished the varsity girls’ 400-meter dash in fifth place with a time of 1:18.17.

Krier was fifth to finish the junior varsity boys’ 400-meter dash with a time of 1:08.45.

Smith came in second in the junior varsity girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 1:19.39.

In the varsity boys’ 800-meter dash, Jacob Wilburn finished second overall with a time of 2:21.03. Sterling Chandler finished fifth with 2:39.09 on the clock, and Vanderly finished sixth with a time of 2:54.58.

Ariana Miranda finished second in the varsity girls’ 800-meter dash with a time of 2:44.96.

In the junior varsity boys’ 800-meter dash, Fish finished second with a personal record time of 2:19.77. Mallery came in third with 2:22.70 on the clock. Sager finished fifth with a personal record time of 2:39.74. Duncan finished sixth overall with a time of 2:41.64. Caleb Heffner was seventh in with a time of 2:43.00.

The varsity boys’ 1,600-meter dash saw Deric Davenport finish second with a time of 5:13.00. Wilburn finished fourth with 5:19.00 on the clock. Hunter Zimmerman finished sixth with a time of 6:02.00.

As for the varsity girls’ 1,600-meter dash, Miranda finished third overall with a time of 6:18.00 and Savannah Huskey finished fourth with a time of 6:52.00.

In the junior varsity boys’ 1,600-meter dash, Sandborg finished second with 5:12.56 on the clock. Fish was next in with a time of 5:16.33, Jacob Daniels followed with 5:22.00 on the clock and Trenton Morgan finished fifth with a time of 5:23.86. Seventh place went to Duncan with a time of 5:38.17. Brad Garrison took ninth with 6 minutes on the clock, exactly. Heffner finished 10th with a time of 6:01.00, and Waylon Miller finished 11th with 6:18.77 on the clock.

Davenport and Zimmerman finished second and third in the varsity boys’ 3,200-meter dash with Davenport finishing with a time of 11:22.00 and Zimmerman in with a personal record time of 13:34.00.

During the junior varsity 3,200-meter dash, Heffner was second to finish with a time of 13:33.00. Morgan finished third with a time of 13:34.00, and Daniels finished fourth with a time of 13:35.00.

Lama finished third in the 100-meter 33-inch hurdle event with a personal record time of 19.40 seconds.

In the varsity boys’ 300-meter 36-inch event, Nickell came in fourth with 47.66 seconds on the clock. Chandler finished fifth with a time of 48.56 seconds to earn fifth place.

The varsity Lady Grizzly 4×100 relay team included Akilah Bussey, Fennel, Lama and Miranda. The Lassen High ladies finished second overall with a time of 46.87 seconds.

As for the junior varsity girls’ 4×100 relay, Molly Bettencourt, Smith, Spangle and Gatie worked together to finish in second place with a time of 1:00.56.

In the varsity boys’ 12-pound shot put event, Keith McDaniel earned fifth place with season record distance of 10.54 meters.

Devyn Stamback earned sixth place in the varsity girls’ 4-kilogram shot put event with a personal record distance of 20 feet and 2 inches.

McDaniel returned to the limelight for the varsity boys’ 1.6-kilogram discus event with a third-place finishing distance of 99 feet and 5.25 inches.

As for the junior varsity boys’ 1.6-kilogram discus, Woods earned second with a distance of 36.00 meters. Elijah Morales earned third with a personal record distance of 35.87 meters. Landon Bennett earned fourth place with a throw of 29.20 meters. Harlow earned fifth with a distance of 28.36. Ryne Delgado earned eighth place with a personal record distance of 25.90 meters.

In the junior varsity girls’ 1-kilogram discus, Allison Magarrell earned second overall with a distance of 63 feet and 11.5 inches. Arianna Geoia earned sixth place with a personal record throw of 53 feet and 7.5 inches. Spangle earned seventh with a personal record distance of 51 feet and 2 inches. Abby Dunn earned ninth place with a personal record distance of 19 feet and 6 inches.

Martinez earned second place with his jump height of 5 feet and 4 inches for the varsity high jump.

Hackler earned fourth place in the junior varsity high jump with a personal record height of 5 feet.

Caitlyn Crosby earned second place for the junior varsity girls’ high jump with a height of 4 feet and 2 inches.

In the varsity girls’ long jump, Bussey earned fourth place with a distance of 13 feet and 3.25 inches. Fennel earned fifth with a distance of 12 feet. Huskey earned seventh with a distance of 10 feet and 8 inches. Genesy Davis finished eighth with a distance of 9 feet and 8 inches, and Moore earned ninth with a distance of 8 feet and 6 inches.

Krier earned sixth place for the junior varsity boys’ long jump with a distance of 13 feet and 9.5 inches.

Thompson and Munoz earned third and fourth place for the junior varsity girls’ long jump with distances of 12 feet, exactly, and 11 feet and 3 inches, respectively.

The varsity girls’ triple jump saw Bussey earn third with a distance of 26 feet and 8.25 inches. Davis earned third place with a distance of 23 feet and 1 inch.

Munoz earned third place in the junior varsity girls’ triple jump with a personal record time of 22 feet and 10 inches.

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