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Lake Havasu track wraps up season with strong finish at state meet

May 5, 2019

The final day of the Division II state meet wrapped up on Saturday with several impressive finishes by the Lake Havasu track and field team.

Junior Joshua Hansen finished sixth in the boys’ 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 55.85 seconds. However, in the boys’ 1,600, he did not start as he chose to focus his attention on the 800.

Over the previous two seasons, Hansen has suffered medical issues and was unable to finish out his seasons, but that changed this season.

“His training and work ethic put him where he is today and he’s reaping the rewards of that,” said head coach Dustin Zampogna. “He’d be the first to tell you that his medical issues won’t stop him or slow him down.”

After setting a personal record in the girls’ triple jump on Wednesday with a leap of 33 feet, 11 ¼ inches that earned her a ninth place finish, junior Kilee Greene finished 14th with a leap of 4-10 in the high jump.

Her teammate, senior Jaden Murray, jumped the same height as Greene but finished 16th as she needed one more attempt to clear that height.

“Going into this event our goal was to clear opening height,” said Zampogna. “It’s awesome they were able to do it.”

Elsewhere on Saturday, the girls’ 4x800 relay team finished with a time of 10:43.41, good for 16th place. The team consisted of seniors Sydney Huffman and Zoe Dondero, junior Dailynn Evans and sophomore Isabella Sloma.

Senior Pablo Torres wrapped up his Lake Havasu career with a 21st place finish in the discus throw with a distance of 113-9.

Fellow senior Paul Davis followed up his 23rd place finish in the boys’ 110 hurdles on Wednesday with a 25th place in the triple jump with a leap of 37-2½.

In other results from Wednesday, freshman Hayden Sholl set a personal record and extended her school record in the girls’ javelin with a distance of 94-6.

Senior Jacob Schafer finished tied for 11th in the boys’ long jump with a leap of 21-2. He also ran an 11.5 in the 100, which placed him 26th.

Sophomore Aaliana Bridges recorded a throw of 84-4 in the girls’ discus, good for 16th place.

In the boys’ 300 hurdles, freshman Brenton Szymanski finished 16th with a time of 42.4.

“It was a great season and the kids worked really hard,” said Zampogna. “We have a lot to look forward to next season.”