By Don Nelson
With meets scheduled in Cashmere and Manson on the same day, the Liberty Bell High School track squad split up in order to field competitors at both venues on Saturday (April 14).
Assistant coach Erik Brooks took eight athletes to Cashmere, where they faced tough competition from 16 other teams.
Junior Emerson Worrell continued his impressive season with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run, recording a personal-best time. Senior Seth Stevie took sixth place with a personal-best time in the 110M hurdles.
In his first 1,500-meter race, freshman Bodie Paul took 11th place. Junior Brayden White took 15th in the 200M dash and was eighth in the 300M hurdles.
Freshman Liv Aspholm, running just her second race of the season, took sixth place in the girls’ 1,500M run, registering a personal best. Freshman Keeley Brooks also ran a personal best while taking 10th in the 800M run. And junior Icel Sukovaty powered to a third-place finish in the 3,000M run with another personal best. Sophomore Maya Sheeley was 10th in the 100M and eighth in the 300M hurdles. Brooks, Sukovaty, Sheeley and Aspholm combined for a respectable seventh place in the 4x400M relay.
A larger Liberty Bell contingent traveled to Manson, where it was a day for lots of personal records, head coach Rocky Kulsrud said. Nine other teams were at the meet.
Freshman Sammy Curtis continued to impress with a third-place finish and PR in the 100M, followed by a second-place finish in the 200M.
Freshman Lindsay Worrell (third) and junior Lillian Cooley (fourth) both had PRs in the 800M. In the 1,600M, Worrell (third), freshman Josephine Cole (fourth), freshman Lena Nelson (fifth) and freshman Annika Tate Libby (eighth) all ran personal bests,
Curtis, sophomore Tommie Ochoa, sophomore Willow Temple and junior Angelique Kelley teamed up for second place in the 4x100M relay.The quartet of Curtis, sophomore Ali Palm, Josephine Cole and Tommie Ochoa took first place in the 4x200M relay.
In the field events, senior Lauren Ochoa claimed another personal best with her first-place finish in the shot put, threatening the 30-foot barrier with a toss of 29-11. Ochoa added a victory in the discus, with another PR, and took third place in the javelin.
In her first high jump competition of the year, Temple took second place. She also took first place in the long jump with a leap of 14-11.
On the boys’ side, sophomore Magnus Triese completed for the first time this year and finished fifth in the long jump. Other personal bests were recorded by freshman Tyler Darwood in the 100M and long jump, sophomore Galen Fonda in the 100M, freshman Deken Smith in the javelin and shot put, and senior Bowden Hughes in the shot put.
Liberty Bell was at Tonasket for a meet on Tuesday (April 17). Then the squads host the first home meet of the year on Liberty Bell’s new track next Tuesday (April 24), with events beginning at 4 p.m. The Liberty Bell Invitational is on May 4.