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Chelan Track Team delivers standout performances at Leavenworth Meet and at the BCS Meet in Bellevue

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“I want to first off say that the Chelan Track and Field team ‘survived’ a grueling month of April,” reported Coach Erik Romero. “We had over six track meets that a number our athletes competed in including places ranging from Pasco, Peshastin, Chelan, Bridgeport, Snohomish, Cashmere and Bellevue, WA. That is a LOT of hours and a lot of time on a bus. Thank you to all the athletes for being resilient and ready for the call.”

This past week the Goats team had two meets, one in Leavenworth hosted by Upper Valley Christian Academy and ended with the fourth annual trip to Bellevue for the Bellevue Christian Invitational. 

“What was nice about the Tuesday meet (in Leavenworth)was that we had a chance for a lot of our younger kids compete and get to participate in a number of different field events,” Romero said.

Meet in Leavenworth – Tuesday, April 25

There were some great results from one of the younger athletes. Kevein Cazares is a 10th grade student. He is throwing well and finished with a throw of 105 feet and 11 inches. Sterling Gordon and Dillon Novich got 1st and 2nd in the Javelin. Sterling and Bert Mendivil got 2nd and 3rd in the Long Jump respectfully.

On the girls side, Ava Dickes ran the 800m for the first time ever. With no training and only her teammate Addy Ivory running with her, Ava ran a time of 2:34.4. Right after the 800 meter she ran the 200 meter with little rest and was able to run her 200 in 27.6 seconds. Allie Barnes came in with a great time of 62.75 seconds in the 400 meter run. Molly Oswald was able to clear a season best of 4 feet 6 inches in the High Jump, barely missing her last attempt at 4 feet 8. 

Bellevue Christian School Invite – Saturday, April 29.

Leaving at 5 a.m. for a track meet that starts at 10 a.m. is rough. A majority of the student athletes have grown accustomed to this. “Speaking with a few parents, I have seen their children more during the month of April than they have, which reminds me of how fortunate our coaching staff is to spend so much time with them,” Romero said.

Chelan standout performances – Boys Track

Dillon Novich finished 2nd in the 100 meter dash and 3rd in the 200 meter dash. He was also part of the winning 4×100 meter relay team. The time of 45.67 was just fast enough as they beat a team from Fife High School.

Sterling Gordon-Fournier, Sam Hawley and Donny Watson were the four members to win at this track meet. Sam Hawley finished 8th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.82 out of 42 athletes. Mereck Palazzo ran a personal best in the 1600 meter run, with a time of 4:26.27 finishing 2nd. Dillon Dawson ran a great race in the 800 meter run. He was narrowly beat by a competitor from University Prep. Dillon ran a great time of 2:00.45 almost reaching one of his personal goals this year of breaking 2 minutes in the 800 run. 

Sterling Gordon-Fournier and Dillon Novich finished 1st and 2nd in the Javelin again, Sterling throwing 175 feet and Dillon throwing it at 163 feet. Kevin Cazares continues to improve in the discus, throwing it almost 110 feet. Missing by 3 inches, he finished 10th out of 82 athletes in the Discus. Donny Watson finished 3rd in the High Jump clearing 5 feet 8 inches. Braden Williams and Javier Pastor performed well in the Pole Vault. They both finished in the top 8. Braden finishing 5th and Javier finished 8th. Braden cleared 11 feet, and Javier cleared 9 feet 6 inches. 

The Chelan boys 4×400 Meter Relay team of Donny Watson, Dillon Dawson, Mereck Palazzo and Sam Hawley ran a season and team best time of 3:39. “This is the best time in the league right now, which is not bad for a team that was put together at the last minute,” said Romero. “Let’s hope they continue to speed up their time.”

“The boys team placed and performed so well overall that they finished 2nd at this meet. Not bad for getting on a bus at 5 am and traveling over 3 hours to get to a meet,” Romero added.

Chelan standout performances – Girls Track

Ava Dickes continues to be consistent as a sprinter. She placed 3rd in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.33. Addy Ivory came in clutch in the 400 meter run. In her heat she came down the last 100 meter stretch to run a time of 63.68 seconds. She was able to finish 5th overall. Addy Ivory also ran a season best in the 800 meter run. She ran a time of 2:27.82 finishing 3rd overall. 

Allie Barnes ran a season best of 5:40.63 in the 1600 meter run finishing 5th out of 28 athletes. 

The girls 4×200 meter relay team ran well again. Their time of 1:50.76 allowed them to 2nd place. The team was made up of Allie Barnes, Addy Ivory, Molly Oswald and Ava Dickes. 

The same team made up the girls 4×400 meter relay team. This was the first time they ran it, and it was a sight to see. Molly Oswald started the race off and ran a first leg really well. Addy Ivory and Allie Barnes were 2nd and 3rd. Each girl ran right 65 seconds.

“Allie handed the baton off to Ava and GOOD NIGHT… Ava had a lead and never let up. In fact, she ran so well at the back stretch she increased the lead. She ran her last leg and crossed the finish line, with a time of 4:14.18,” Romero said.

This puts the girls 2nd in the league with this time. They finished 2nd overall. If given the chance to compete in the same heat as the winning team, results could have been different and also faster times. 

The girls did well to finish 7th overall at the Bellevue Christian meet. 

“We ended our trip by going to Bellevue Square,” Romero said. “The kids earned it after a long but yet successful day at the BCS meet.”

This week the Goats Track Team travels to Manson on Tuesday May 2 and then Royal on May 5. The League Meet is next Thursday, May 11.

(Reported by Erik Romero, Head Track Boys and Girls Coach)

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