Photo by Erik Brooks
Lauren Ochoa continues to improve on her personal bests.

By Don Nelson

Liberty Bell High School’s track team competed in two meets last week — against eight other schools at Tonasket on April 17 and against a much larger field of 19 other teams at the Quincy Invite on Saturday (April 21) — tuning up for the first official competition on the Mountain Lions’ new track on Tuesday (April 24).

Standouts for the boys at Tonasket were junior Emerson Worrell, who was second in the 800-meter run and third in the 1,600M. Freshman Bodie Paul took fourth in the 800M and also fourth in the high jump. Junior Brayden White was the winner of the 300M hurdles and took third place in the triple jump with a personal record. Sophomore Magnus Treise took fourth place in the long jump.

For the girls, freshman Sammy Curtis was fifth in the 100M and fourth in the 200M. Freshman Keeley Brooks took fourth in the 400M with a personal best. Liberty Bell showed its strength in the 800M, where sophomore Maya Sheeley was second, junior Icel Sukovaty third and junior Ava Mott fourth. Sukovaty came back to win the 1,600M.

Freshman Lindsay Worrell took third in the 3,200M. Junior Athena Milani was fifth in the 300M hurdles.

The Lady Lions’ quartet of Brooks, Mott, Milani and Sheeley took first place by 8 seconds in the 4x400M relay.

Senior Lauren Ochoa had an impressive day in the field, taking second in the shot put, first in the discus and second in the javelin. Freshman Camille Odell was third in the high jump, followed by sophomore Willow Temple in fourth. Temple was also third in the long jump.

At Quincy, senior Seth Stevie ran a personal best in the 100M to take seventh, and was third in the 300M hurdles. Worrell set a personal record in the 400M for fifth place. Paul broke his personal record in the 1,600M for seventh place.

On the girls’ side, Curtis continued her strong freshman season with a personal best and fourth place in the 100M. Freshman Liv Aspholm ran a personal best for 11th in the 800M, then added another PR in the 1,600M for fourth place. Freshman Lena Nelson claimed seventh place in the 3,200M with a personal best.

Ochoa broke the 30-foot mark with a personal best of 30-09 in the shot put for eighth place. She added a PR in the discus for fourth place, and made it a PR trifecta with another best performance to take second place in the javelin.