Lake Havasu track sweeps home meet
Both the boy’s and girls’ track and field teams of Lake Havasu took home wins as the Knights hosted their second meet of the season.
The girls’ team finished with a score of 382, while Kingman Academy, who came in second, finished with 48.
It was a bit closer on the boys’ side as the Knights finished with a score of 286. Second place Parker finished with 120.
“We had a couple kids banged up but the kids who filled in for them stepped up in a big way,” said track and field head coach Dustin Zampogna. “It’s a good feeling getting another win on both the girls’ and boys’ side heading into spring break.”
Senior Sydney Huffman had a standout performance for the girls’ team. She finished first in both the 1600 meter and 3200 meter, while establishing personal records in both. Huffman ran the 1600 in 5:59.00 and the 3200 in 12:58.05.
Junior Dailynn Evans of the girls’ team had another highlight performance for the Knights as she placed first in both the 400 meter with a time of 1:04.14 and 800 meter with a time of 2:54.51.
In the field events, junior Kilee Greene of the girls’ team won three different events. She took first in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. She jumped four feet and eight inches in the high jump, 13 feet and 10 and half inches in the long jump and 32 feet and one and a half inches in the triple jump.
Other notable performances for the girls’ team include sophomore Summer Evans, who won the 100 meter with a time of 13.28.
In the girls’ 200, sophomore Kendra Park won with a time 28.04.
With a time of 52.47, sophomore Zorah Feely won the girls’ 300 meter hurdles.
Sophomore Aaliana Bridges won the girls’ discus with a throw of 86 feet and three inches.
Setting a personal record in the pole vault was freshman Kiana Ball who leaped six feet.
The girls’ team also won the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 55.89. The group consisted of sophomore Christa Davis, Park, senior Lauren Garitee and Summer Evans.
The boys’ team was highlighted by a performance by senior Jacob Schafer who won in three different individual events after he missed the team’s last meet due to an illness.
Schafer won in the 100 meter with a time of 10.84, in the 200 meter with a time of 22.94 and in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet and eight and a half inches.
Senior Pablo Torres impressed once again by winning in both the shot put and discus.
In the shot put he set a personal record with a distance of 45 feet and four inches. In the discus, he set a mark of 127 feet and six inches.
In the 400 meter, freshman Cody Pellaton won with a time of 53.78, setting a new personal record.
With a time of 2:20.31, junior Colton Rizzo recorded a first-place finish in the 800 meter.
Junior Joshua Hansen finished first in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:51.04.
Setting a personal record in the pole vault, junior Ryan Balboni won the event with a jump of 10 feet and six inches.
The boys’ team also won in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 45.30 and in the 4 x 800 meter relay with a time of 9:43.76. Pellaton, freshman Brenton Szymanski, junior Jordan Arellano and Schafer ran in the 4 x 100 for Lake Havasu, while Joshua Hansen, sophomore Zachary Hansen, senior Spencer Marino and Rizzo ran in the 4 x 800.
Zampogna will mix in optional practices and days off over spring break in order to keep his athletes fresh.
The Knights will return to action after spring break in their next meet on Saturday, March 23 at the MEC Invitational in Mohave, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.