Miami High School track competes at state meet

Aaron Tohtsoni/Arizona Silver Belt Savannah Pietila competed in the high jump and triple jump competitions. She cleared the first two marks and finished 10th in the high jump.

The Miami High School track and field team had athletes compete at the Division IV State Meet over the weekend, including the 4x800 relay team of Jalen Pike, Aeriana Brown, Savannah Pietila and Leeyah Goss.

“The girls 4x800 relay team did amazing,” said head coach Crystal Pietila. “We entered the meet ranked 16th of out the 19 teams that qualified. We finished 13th; we were actually second among public schools behind only St. Johns.”

In addition, Savannah Pietila competed in the high jump and triple jump competitions. She cleared the first two marks and finished 10th in the high jump.

“Only two of the girls ahead of her were freshmen; the rest were upperclassmen,” said Coach Pietila.

Miami track and field is making strides to rebuild the program, fielding a team for just the second year and hosting their first meet in 30 years.

“We are excited to be rebuilding the program,” said Coach Pietila. “There is a great deal of tradition when it comes to Miami’s athletic programs. We look forward to growing the program and having several more athletes participating at the State Championship Meet. It’s amazing to think the students were able to compete at such a high level practicing on a dirt track. This is a prime example of the value of hard work while not making any excuses.”

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