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Manson Boys Track Team wins League Championship with many athletes advancing to Districts

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The North Central Washington 2B League Championship Track and Field Meet was held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Tonasket. All nine teams from District 6 competed. The meet also served as a qualifier to next weeks District Championship Meet in Quincy. The top four placers move onto the district meet. Also, the top eight placers scored team points.

The Manson boys team was stellar and won the League Championship with over 160 points, besting the next closest team by over 50 points.

“It was a total team effort, spread out through all the events on the program,” Coach Kurt Toolson said. “This is the first team track championship at Manson in many years and the first league championship by any team at Manson in three years.”

There were several individual First Place winners.

  • Spencer Ward swept the sprint events, winning the 100m, 200m, and 400m.
  • Mason Cameron was a double winner, winning the discus and shot put.
  • Mason Walters dominated the jumping events, winning both the long jump and high jump.
  • Connor Torgesen was an upset winner in the 800m, knocking off several higher rated opponents.
  • The boys 4×100 meter relay team also collected a first place medal. This team consists of Joe Strecker, Eduardo Escalera, Walters, and Spencer Ward.

Also placing high enough to move onto Districts next week:

  • Bailey Cameron continued his improvement in the distance events, placing fourth in the 1600m and second in the 3200m
  • Cody McClanahan ran to a fourth place finish in the 400m.
  • The boys 4×400 meter relay team placed second. The team consisted of Joe Strecker, Eduardo Escalera, Conner Torgesen, and Cody McClanahan.
  • Eduardo Escalera cleared 5’4 in the high jump to collect third place.

The girls team had a tougher go of it this meet. The best results were put forth from the relay teams.

  • The 4×100 meter and 4×200 meter relay teams both placed fourth to move onto Districts next week. Daicy Leyva, Baylee Ward, Maddee Ward, Jessica Medina, and Julia Sanchez are all part of these relay teams.

Unfortunately, there were no other individual qualifiers for next week.

“I wanted to thank all our coaches, athletes, friends and families for all the support,” Toolson said. “Any success we have had as a team is shared by all.”

(Reported by Coach Kurt Toolson)

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