Local Jr. High teams place well in Ray Multi-meet

Susanne Jerome/Arizona Silver Belt Jr. High School runners take on the hurdles.

Miami’s large team took first again in girls’ events at the Ray Multi-meet in Kearney on Thursday March 5. Miami boys took second as a team. Having a large team and some stand-out athletes helped Miami, since all competitors whether first or last in an event add to their team’s score.

In the first event of the season Miami did well too, taking first in both boys and girls events even though this year is the first year Miami Jr. High has fielded a track team in decades. It appears that this will be a good year for Miami.

In the Shot Put Krystafer McDaniel won for the Miami boys with a throw of 37’9”. In the 400 Meter run, Vandal Alex Lott took first. In the 800 Meter, Luke Granger added 10 points to Miami’s score. And Gary Whiterock from San Carlos came in second in both races earning a total of 16 points for San Carlos in those events. 

In the 100 Meter Dash, Krystafer McDaniel and Balian Horlacher took second and third earning 12 points between them. And Xavier Mancha tied for fifth and contributed 2 points in the event.

In the 1600 Meter relay, with each runner going once around the track, Miami and High Desert Middle School came in second and third earning 8 and 6 points for their respective schools.

On the girl’s side, Miami edged out High Desert 99 to 92 points. Andi Yeomen-Weber won both the discus and the shot put, throwing the steel ball 27’1”, and sending the discus 61’2” down the field. Savanah Pietila won the Long Jump, and came in second to Mariah Villavlba of Mt. Vista after both failed to go above 4’2”. Pietila lost on the basis of prior attempts. She made her final attempts after surging past San Carlos runner, Danielle Nelson to win the 400 Meter Run in 1 minute, 13.6 seconds.

Raylynn Gonzales and Geovanni Rich Came in first and second in the 200 Meter Dash for High Desert Middle School.

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