The numbers weren't large, but the results were huge for Delta High School's Lady Panthers last week at the state high school track and field championships in Lakewood. Delta finished ninth in the team race with 26 points.
There were no gold medals for Delta, with third place being the highest finish for the Lady Panthers.
In the boys' race, Delta finished 27th with eight points, all scored by Chris Black.
A total of six girls attended the 2013 track and field championships in Lakewood last week. Four of the six contributed to the 26-point team total and most recorded season and career-best marks.
Cleo Whiting had the highest finish for the Lady Panthers with her third-place run of 11:14.18 in the 3200m run. Whiting was hoping for a sub-eleven minute performance in the event. She had qualified for state with a time of 11:16.63 and a third-place ranking in state qualifiers.
Clarissa Whiting placed fifth in the 3200m run with a time of 11:32.51. Her qualifying time was 11:19.04 and was ranked fourth in 4A qualifiers.
A big race for the Lady Panthers was staged in the 3200m relay. Coming into state competition, Delta was ranked sixth and came away with a fourth-place finish with a new Delta school record of 9:32.92. The old record, set by this year's team of Clarissa Whiting, Skylyn Webb, Mykayla Music and Cleo Whiting, was 9:44.63.
The Whitings were busy young ladies in Lakewood as they placed in the top 10 in the 1600m run. Clarissa crossed the finish line ahead of Cleo in a time of 5:09.10, with Cleo recording a 5:09.24, to finish sixth and seventh respectively. Clarissa's time was nearly five seconds faster than her previous best time of 5:14.4, while Cleo's time was twenty-one hundreths of a second faster than her previous best time of 5:09.45. Cleo was ranked fifth coming into state competition and Clarissa was ranked eighth.
Webb, Delta's top sprinter, was ranked seventh coming into the 200m dash with a time of 25.81. Her preliminary time of 25.94 qualified her in eighth place. In the finals, Webb was four one-hundreths slower (25.98) and finished ninth.
Callie Gafford came into this year's high jump competition ranked 16th with a jump of 5-1 to her credit. Competition was keen and Gafford finished in a seven-way tie for 13th with a jump of 4-11.
Bry Music had a throw of 38-7.75 in the shot put to qualify eighth at state. She finished just out of the points with a toss of 37-1 to finish 12th.
The one-man show by Black began with an eighth-place finish in high jump where he cleared 6-1. Black qualified at the same height and was ranked 18th coming into last week's competition.
Black had one of the top 10 times in the 300m hurdles entering last week's state track meet. His regular-season time of 38.85 was sixth overall for the state's top 18 qualifiers.
In the preliminaries, Black broke the school record again with a time of 38.80. To complete an extremely successful year, Black raced to a 38.62 in the finals and placed fourth.blog comments powered by Disqus