For the Liberty Bell High School track team, four-by-four has a special meaning at Friday’s (May 22) district meet in Ephrata: four Mountain Lions each qualified for four district events with their performances at last week’s sub-district meet.
The Liberty Bell boys finished third with 96 points among an eight-team field at the sub-district competition in Tonasket on May 13. Bridgeport, with 109 points, and Okanogan with 105 points finished ahead of the Mountain Lions. The girls finished fifth with 34 points; Okanogan was first with 221 points.
Top performances on the boys’ side came from Jose Dominguez, third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.15 seconds; Wil Chandler, second in the 200m at 24.61 seconds; Chandler with a third-place finish in the 400m at 54.38; Ben Klemmeck, second in the 1,600m with a time of 4 minutes, 49.48 seconds, followed by brother Josiah Klemmeck in third at 4:51.61 (a personal best, good for eighth place on the Liberty Bell all-time list); Ben (second place, 10:29.19) and Josiah (third place, 10:42.46) Klemmeck again in the 3,200m; Micah Klemmeck with a sweep of the hurdles, winning the 110m in 17.51 seconds and the 300m in 43.83; and Andrew Reggiatore with a fifth-place javelin toss of 120 feet, 6 inches, plus a third-place triple jump of 40 feet, 5 inches.
The boys’ relay teams continued their streak of strong performances. The 4x100m crew of Dominguez, Reggiatore, Chandler and Micah Klemmeck took second place with a time of 45.25 seconds, and the same four came back to win the 4x400m in 3:44.99.
Chandler, Reggiatore and Micah Klemmeck will all compete in four events in the district meet at Ephrata on Friday. The top five finishers in each sub-district event qualified for the district meet.
Lauren Fitzmaurice also qualified for four events. She finished fifth in the 100m hurdles in 18.39, third in the 300m hurdles in 55.67, third in the high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches, and was on the fourth-place 4x200m relay team that also included Haley Post, Jessica Johnson and Natalie Treise, who finished in 1:58.50.
Also moving on to districts are Treise in the 110m hurdles, where she took third place in 18.14; the fifth-place 4x100m relay team of Post, Cece Odell, Jessica Johnson and Treise; and school record holder Sarina Williams in the javelin, who claimed second at 123 feet, 3 inches. Williams has been consistently over 120 feet this season and pushed the school record out to 132 feet, 8 inches at an earlier meet.
The top four finishers in each district event qualify for the state meet in Cheney on May 29.