More personal records fall at three-day competition
By Don Nelson
Liberty Bell High School’s boys’ and girls’ track teams both improved on last year’s performances at the 2016 2B state championships in Cheney last weekend.
The boys finished in 14th place with 15 points, compared to last year’s 16th-place finish with 13 points. The girls scored three points for 32nd place — compared to zero points at last year’s state meet.
Okanogan almost made a clean sweep in total scoring. The Bulldog boys won with 77 points, while St. George’s won the girls’ meet, edging Okanogan by half a point.
For the Mountain Lions, senior Ben Klemmeck finished sixth in the 3,200-meter run with his second-best time of the year, 10:03.6 minutes. He finished a non-scoring 13th in the 1,600M run. Last year he took fifth place in the 3,200M and finished eighth in the 1,600.
“Ben, who was battling sickness all weekend, ran with smarts and excellent positioning throughout the first three laps of the 1,600M but just didn’t quite have his normal lungs available for a race in the final lap,” said assistant coach Erik Brooks. “He rallied amazingly well on Saturday for the 3,200M, running near even splits (around 75 seconds per lap) and putting on an impressive display of race savvy and guts. With 400M to go he was battling for second place. Unfortunately, both he and the runner he was with were caught in the final 100M. Still, his 10:03.06 was his second-best time of the year and the third-best time of his high school career.”
Senior Micah Klemmeck finished fourth in the 300M hurdles. Last year, he finished seventh. He finished 12th in the preliminaries of the 110M hurdles and didn’t qualify for the finals.
Both boys’ relays teams scored for the Mountain Lions. The 4x100M team of Meritt Fink, Connor Cooley, Andrew Reggiatore and Micah Klemmeck, all seniors, took fourth place with a time of 44.92. The same quartet ran a 44.88 relay earlier this year, second-best in Mountain Lion history.
The 4x400M relay team of Fink, Reggiatore, senior Charlie Thornton-White and Micah Klemmeck made the scoring column with a seventh-place finish in 3:33.26, their fastest time this year and good for third place in the Liberty Bell record books.
“The boys relays teams were special. We couldn’t have asked for more,” coach Rocky Kulsrud said. “It was our second straight year taking fourth at state in the 4×100, which is amazing considering we don’t have what you would call a pure sprinter on the relay team. Our guys worked together to make a great team. Micah Klemmeck was also special in the 300 hurdles.”
Cooley finished 12th in the long jump, again topping 20 feet, and Reggiatore finished 12th in the triple jump.
For the girls, freshmen Lucy Cole and Icel Sukovaty and junior Lauren Fitzmaurice each scored with an eight-place finish.
Cole was eighth in the 400M in 1:05.22. She actually ran a faster time, a personal best of 1:02.65, in the preliminary heat, the fourth-fastest time ever for Liberty Bell. Cole didn’t qualify for the finals in the 800M run.
“Lucy did some great work in the 400M dash,” Brooks said. “She qualified for finals in the Friday preliminaries by running a new PR of 62.65. After an additional 800M and 4x400M relay preliminary on Friday, her legs were perhaps a little spent for the Saturday final — but in making the finals at all, her 65-second performance on Saturday was good for eighth place and the final spot on the podium.”
Sukovaty was eighth in the 3,200M run with a time of 12:25.69, a personal best by 37 seconds and fifth on the all-time Liberty Bell list. She finished ninth in the 1,600M run, just missing another scoring finish, with a personal best time of 5:37.11, fifth on the all-time list.
Fitzmaurice finished eighth in the 300M hurdles with a time of 51.06. She set a personal record of 49.41 in the preliminaries, fifth-best in the Liberty Bell record books. Freshman Athena Milani clocked 49.73 in the preliminaries, a personal best and sixth on the Liberty Bell all-time list — but just missed qualifying for the finals.
“Great PRs for Lauren and Athena Milani during Thursday’s prelims for the 300M hurdles,” Brooks said. “Lauren edged out Athena this time around for the eighth and final spot into the Saturday final.”
The 400M relay team of Fitzmaurice, freshman Sally Thornton-White, Cole and Milani finished 11th in the preliminaries and didn’t qualify for the finals.
State 2B meet, Cheney, May 26–28
P = preliminary heat, did not advance to finals
Boldface = scoring finish
- Ben Klemmeck, 4:41.90
- Ben Klemmeck, 10:03.06
12P. Micah Klemmeck, 17.80
- Micah Klemmeck, 42.93
- Meritt Fink, Connor Cooley, Andrew Reggiatore, Micah Klemmeck, 44.92
- Meritt Fink, Andrew Reggiatore, Charlie Thornton-White, Micah Klemmeck, 3:33.26
- Connor Cooley, 20-03.5
- Andrew Reggiatore, 38-06
- Lucy Cole, 1:05.22
17P. Lucy Cole, 2:37.08
- Icel Sukovaty, 5:37.11
- Icel Sukovaty, 12:25.69
- Lauren Fitzmaurice, 51.06
9P. Athena Milani, 49.73
11P. Lauren Fitzmaurice, Sally Thornton-White, Lucy Cole, Athena Milan, 4:24.68