By Don Nelson
It was a beautiful day for competition on Liberty Bell High School’s home track last Friday (May 4) as the Lions hosted 10 other teams in the last meet before sub-districts.
Liberty Bell’s athletes used the home meet — the Liberty Bell Invitational — and one earlier in the week at Bridgeport, to tune up for the upcoming competition. Several set personal records for good measure.
Teams from Brewster, Bridgeport, Cascade Christian, Entiat, Omak, Oroville, Pateros, Tonasket, Upper Valley Christian and Wilbur-Creston joined the Mountain Lions for last week’s meet.
It was a good day for senior Seth Stevie, who set a personal record with his win in the 300-meter hurdles and has one of the top times in the state this year among 2B schools. Teammate Brayden White, a junior, took third in the 300M hurdles and set a PR in winning the 200M dash. Stevie took third in the 200M with another personal best.
The most stirring race of the day for the boys was the final one of the meet, the 4x400M relay, Liberty Bell anchor Emerson Worrell, a junior, took the baton trailing Omak’s anchor runner, but made up ground on the backstretch and then drove hard down the final straightaway to claim the win for the Mountain Lions. Senior Carson Gunnip-Hunter, White and Stevie ran the first three legs.
Other highlights for the boys included a PR in the 800M for freshman Bodie Paul; a PR for Gunnip-Hunter in the 200M; second place in the 800 for Worrell and fourth place for Paul.
The Liberty Bell girls swept all three relay races — the 4x100M, 4x200M and 4x400M. Senior Lauren Ochoa achieved a PR in the discus, and junior Athena Milani ran a season-best time in winning the 300M hurdles, as well as anchoring the 4x200M and 4x400M relays. Freshman Sammy Curtis was third in the 100M dash; junior Ava Mott and freshmen Liv Aspholm and Lena Nelson took second through fourth in the 800M; junior Icel Sukovaty easily won the 1,600M with freshman Lindsay Worrell in third.
Honored on senior night were Stevie, Gunnip-Hunter, Ochoa, Liliana Hart-Beck, Carlynn Treise and Cece Odell.
At Bridgeport, Stevie set a PR in the 100M dash; Gunnip-Hunter took third in the 400M; Emerson Worrell was second in the 800M with a PR; Paul was fourth in the 1,600 with a PR; Stevie won the 300M hurdles; the 4x400M relay team took second place; and junior Tanner White set a PR in the javelin.
On the girls’ side, Curtis was fourth in the 100M with a PR; freshman Camille Odell was fifth in the 400M in personal record time; Aspholm, Mott and Nelson took first through third in the 800M with Aspholm claiming a PR; Linsday Worrell put up a PR time in winning the 1,600M; Milani was second in the 300M hurdles; the 4x400M relay team took first place; and freshman Eva Weymuller took first place in the high jump with a PR.
The sub-district meet was at Manson on Wednesday (May 9).