Spurred on by supportive fans, the Liberty Bell High School track team inaugurated the school’s new track facilities with crowd-pleasing performances last week.
The coaches and athletes had to be pleased as well, as the boys’ and girls’ teams each continued to add impressive marks to the season’s growing list.
Cascade, Omak and Okanogan teams joined the Mountain Lions for the first competitive event on the new track.
Liberty Bell coach Rocky Kulsrud said that in a day of many personal bests, the girls’ relay teams were particularly noteworthy. The Lady Lions had their best times of the year in the 4×100 meter, 4x200M and 4x400M relays, he said.
Freshman Keeley Brooks ran a personal best 800M for second place in the meet and seventh place in the all-time Liberty Bell records. Fellow freshman Liv Aspholm ran her first 3,200M race and claimed second place with a time that puts her eighth on the all-time Liberty Bell list.
Senior Lauren Ochoa continued her assault on personal bests and the Liberty Bell record book. Her PR of 31-02 earned her second place in the shot put and fourth place on the all-time Liberty Bell list; she won the discus with another toss over 100 feet; and she took first place in the javelin with another personal record.
Freshman Eva Weymuller cleared 4-06 in the high jump. Sophomore Ali Palm landed in 10th place in the Liberty Bell record books with her winning triple jump.
Other PRs of note from the home meet: freshman Sammy Curtis and junior Angelique Kelley in the 100M dash; Palm in the 200M dash and shot put; Weymuller in the 400M run; senior Cece Odell and freshman Lena Nelson in the 800M run; freshman Josephine Cole in the 1,600M run; and sophomore Tommie Ochoa in the triple jump.
On the boys’ side, senior Seth Stevie took second in the 100M dash and won the 300M hurdles; senior Carson Gunnip-Hunter set a PR for fifth in the 200M dash and took fifth in the 400M run; freshman Bodi Paul was eighth in the 800M run, fifth in the 1,600M and second in the high jump; junior Brayden White was second in the 300M hurdles; Bowden Hughes set a PR for seventh in the shot put; sophomore Magnus Treise, junior Tanner White and freshman Deken Smith took third through fifth in the javelin; Treise took second in the long jump with a PR and added another PR in the triple jump for second place; and freshman Marshall Budrow was fifth in the long jump
On Friday, the team traveled to Peshastin for the Rieke Invitational and competed against 11 other teams. The girls 4x100M and 4x200M relay teams again improved their times, Kulsrud said, and both marks were good for fifth on the all-time Liberty Bell lists.
Aspholm won the 1,600M run with a personal best, followed by junior Icel Sukovaty in second with her own PR and Nelson in fifth with a personal best. Freshmen Lindsay Worrell and Annika Tate Libby took second and third in the 3,200M run.
In the 400M run, Aspholm in fourth, freshman Gretta Eberline in sixth and freshman Camille Odell in eighth all set personal records. Sophomore Maya Sheeley, usually a sprinter, moved up to the 800M run and took fourth place Junior Athena Milani took second in the 300M hurdles, while Weymuller took seventh in the 100M hurdles and sixth in the 300M hurdles as well as third in the high jump. Kelley was fourth in the long jump.
Lauren Ochoa had an off day in the shot put, but took second place in the discus.
For the boys, Gunnip-Hunter ran his best 400M ever for fifth place. Junior Emerson Worrell was fourth in the 800M. Stevie took second in the 300M hurdles and White fourth. Treise set a PR in the javelin for fifth place, took third in the long jump and was second in the triple jump.
“I’m really proud of our athletes as they continue to work hard and we are seeing the fruits of their labors as they continue to improve each week,” Kulsrud said.
Liberty Bell was at the Bridgeport Invitational on Tuesday (May 1). The teams finish the regular season on Friday with another home meet, the Liberty Bell Invitational. The first event is at 4 p.m. Subdistricts are on May 9 at Manson.