Records fall like pine needles in South Shore Track Classic
Quite an event.
The third annual South Shore Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Track & Field Classic was an overwhelming success.
With 15 new meet records and more than 400 competitors, the competition continues to become one of the premier track meets in the area.
“The event was a total success,” meet director Anthony Davis said. “A lot of parents came out and enjoyed the event and had a good time.”
Again, Meyers came away with the clean sweep of all the team titles for the third year in a row.
“We knew that Meyers was going to be hard, but not this hard,” said Carlos Macias, a Bijou fifth-grade relay member. “But this a great place to get exercise.”
Chelsea Madsen of Meyers set a new meet record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 7 minutes and 7 seconds. She also finished first in the 400 (1:20.25) and second in the 800 (3:30.34).
“I was pretty nervous before the race, but I didn’t have time to worry about it during the race,” said the victorious fourth-grader. “I was pretty excited about how well I did.”
Two other new standards were set Thursday in the fourth grade girls’ division. The new shot put record was set by Tierney McCool of Zephyr Cove with a toss of 18 feet, 1 inch.
The 4×100 relay mark was rewritten by the Meyers team in a time of 1:06.
Other meet records that fell in the fifth-grade division were the shot put, long jump, 1,600 and the 100.
Ashley Orlich from Tahoe Valley set the new standard in the 100 with a time of 14.64, while Sierra Jett of Meyers threw the shot a record distance of 22-6.
In the long jump, Tess Braun of Tahoe Valley leapt to a record 12-8, while Jordan Dalton of Meyers finished the 1,600 with a new standard of 6:39.
One new record was set in the fourth-grade boys competition. The Meyers 4×100 relay team raced to a record-setting time of 1:04.10.
The most amount of meet records came in the fifth-grade boys division. The marks in the 1,600, 200, long jump, 800, 400, 100 and 4×100 all fell during the meet.
The Meyers 4×100 relay team raced to a new mark of 1:01.74, while Jacob O’Farrell of Tahoe Valley sprinted to a new mark in the 100 (14.07).
Zach McAllister of Meyers finished the 800 in a new meet record time of 2:55.41 and Bryan Burnham continued to etch his name in the record books with a time of 1:08.94 in the 400.
While Meyers continued its dominance of the meet, many other schools began to make strides to catch up. Tahoe Valley set some new meet records, while Bijou saw the benefit of having a qualifying meet.
“I think we did pretty well,” said Therese Rogers, Bijou PE teacher. “Our meet gave them a lot more confidence. We came in as underdogs but we did pretty well.
“A lot better than in the past.”
For complete results, see Monday’s sports section.
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