Prescott girls strike silver at state championships
Prep Track & Field
MESA — The Prescott girls track and field team saved its best for last, delivering a stellar outing to finish as the runners-up in the Division II State Track & Field Championships at Mesa Community College over the weekend.
The two-day competition saw the Badgers cap off a strong season with a few record-breaking performances. Their efforts accrued them 58 points overall, which was 10 points behind champion Snowflake. Shadow Mountain (53), Salpointe Catholic (48), American Leadership (44), Mingus (41), Rio Rico (38), Coconino (37), Estrella Foothills (33) and Payson (31) rounded out the top 10 of the 44-team field.
Headlining the Badgers’ second-place effort was the girls’ 4x800-meter team of Tea Castro, Cami McKelvey, Emily McMahon and Makenna Bray. The quartet was crowned state champion after clocking in with a 9:58.39 time, which also broke a school record.
Freshman Melia Hoyt and Kari Kasun joined upperclassmen Emma Lloyd and Lily Jensen on the 4x100 event as they finished first in prelims with a 50.01 time and finished second in finals with a 50.70 time.
Kasun, along with Emma Alvarez, Cami McKevey and Makenna Bray, then went on to snag another second-place finish while breaking a school record with a 4:06.86 time in the 4x400.
Other notable performances included Jensen finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 17-foot, 2.75-inches and Bray placing third in the 1,600 with a 5:16.65 time. Lastly, Emma Alvarez placed fifth in the 400 with a 59.80 while Emily McMahon grabbed sixth place in the 3,200 with a 11:44.19 time.
Aaron Valdez is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter at @Valaaron_94. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.