Prescott’s 4x800 girls relay team captures D-III state title with school-record time
Prep Track & Field
Bradshaw Mountain’s Noah Shaver wins javelin throw
MESA — Prescott’s 4x800m girls relay team of Tea Castro, Cami McKelvey, Emily McMahon and Makenna Bray won the Division III state title in a school-record time of 9 minutes and 58.39 seconds to highlight the first day of competition Friday, May 3, at Mesa Community College.
Bradshaw Mountain junior thrower Noah Shaver also stood out, capturing a state title in the javelin with a personal record toss of 186 feet, 11 inches.
What follows is a brief breakdown regarding the other top finishers from the Quad Cities on opening day at the D-III and D-IV state meets.
In the D-III finals, Matthew Kaitschuck medaled in the javelin by placing fourth with a new school-record throw of 161’ 1”.
Alec Almendarez finished seventh in the 1600m run, posting a time of 4:34.95.
In the preliminaries, the Prescott girls’ 4x100 relay team of Melia Hoyt, Emma Alvarez, Lily Jensen and Kari Kasun tallied the fastest time on the day in 50.02 seconds to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
The boys’ 4x400 relay team of Micah Arminio, Jovanni Ruiz, Fernando Rodriguez and Hunter Kronberg placed second in Heat 1 of the prelims.
In addition to his D-III state crown in the javelin, Shaver finished strongly in the discus, placing fifth with a throw of 140’ 11”. Zion Padilla Melton finished 13th in the javelin (144’ 10”).
For the Bears girls, thrower Caitlynn Neal took eighth in the javelin with a personal record toss of 104’ 5”.
In the prelims, Lane Evens placed second in Heat 3 in the 300 hurdles. The 4x100 girls relay team of Haley Hastings, Lauren Foster, Natalie Banister and Madi Foster claimed eighth in Heat 2, notching a time of 53.45 seconds.
On the Division IV side, Mayer’s Kacie Colquitt placed seventh in the shot put finals with a throw of 31’ 6.25”.
The D-III and D-IV state meets conclude today, May 4, at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., with the field events beginning at 10:45 a.m. and the running events starting at 1:45 p.m.
In D-III, events include the finals of the boys’ pole vault, shot put, 4x800 relay, 110 hurdles, 100 dash, 4x100 relay, 400 dash, 300 hurdles, 200 dash, 3200 run and the 4x400 relay.
For the girls, it’s the finals in the high jump, triple jump, discus, 100 hurdles, 100 dash, 1600 run, 4x100 relay, 400 dash, 800 run, 200 dash, 4x400 relay and the 300 hurdles.
In D-IV, events include the finals of the boys’ high jump, shot put, 4x800 relay, 110 hurdles, 100 dash, 4x100 relay, 400 dash, 300 hurdles, 200 dash, 3200 run and the 4x400 relay.
For the girls, it’s the finals of the pole vault, long jump, discus, javelin, 100 hurdles, 100 dash, 1600 run, 4x100 relay, 400 dash, 300 hurdles, 800 run, 200 dash and the 4x400 relay.
Admission costs $10 per adult and $5 for students with a high school ID, active military members, and seniors ages 62 and older. Children ages 5 and younger get in free.
Doug Cook is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at email@example.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.
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