Seniors White, Worrell score for boys’ squad
A school record, several personal bests and improved finishes in overall competition highlighted the Liberty Bell High School track teams’ performances last weekend at the 2B state championship meet in Cheney.
The girls’ team scored 20 points to take 13th place among 41 scoring teams, compared to 17 points for a 15th-place tie last year. It was the fourth straight year that the Lady Lions upped their points total at the state meet (0 in 2015, 3 in 2016, 9 in 2017).
Meanwhile, the boys’ team scored 6 points, double last year’s total of 3, to tie for 28th among 39 scoring teams. Last year, the boys tied for 35th place.
The top performance of the weekend was turned in by the girls’ 4×200 meter relay team of sophomore Sammy Curtis, senior Sally Thornton-White, junior Ali Palm and freshman anchor Chloe Sprauer, who took second place with a school record time of 1 minute, 49.18 seconds — eclipsing the previous school record of 1:50, set in 2007, by nearly a second. The same team nearly claimed the school record in the 4x100M relay as well, taking third place with a time of 51.68 seconds — just shy of the Liberty Bell all-time mark of 51.54 set in 2003.
Other noteworthy performances:
• Senior Icel Sukovaty took fourth place in the 3,200M run with a personal best of 11:57.33, the third-fastest time in Liberty Bell history and a 25-second improvement over her previous best time this season. It was the fourth consecutive year that she has scored in the event, having finished third last year and eighth the previous two years. Sukovaty also finished a non-scoring ninth in the 1,600M finals. She completed her career with the sixth-best time in school history in that event.
• Sophomore Keeley Brooks scored in the 800M run with her eighth-place finish in the finals. In the 800M preliminaries, she had a personal best time of 2:29.18, good for fifth all-time in the Liberty Bell record book. Brooks was a non-scoring 10th in the 1,600M finals, with a personal best of 5:37.54 that places her ninth on the school’s all-time list.
• Sophomore Lena Nelson had a personal best time of 13:24.86 in a non-scoring 15th-place finish in the 3,200M. The time places her 16th on the all-time Liberty Bell list.
• Freshman Maisy Shaw was a non-scoring 15th in the 1,600M finals with a personal best of 6:00.19, good for 19th in the all-time Liberty Bell records.
• Senior Brayden White took fourth place in the boys’ 300M hurdles in a time of 41.83. He finished eighth in the 2017 and 2018 finals of the event, and holds the fourth-fastest time in school history, 41.66.
• Senior Emerson Worrell took eighth place in the 800M run with a time of 2:06.47. In the preliminaries, he set a personal best of 2:01.98, third-fastest time in Liberty Bell history.
• Junior Magnus Treise also had a personal best of 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump — just missing the podium in ninth place. He is now tied for 14th in the school record book.
• The boys’ 4x400M relay team of Brayden White, senior Tanner White, Treise and Worrell finished a non-qualifying 14th in the preliminaries; Thornton-White finished a non-qualifying 10th in the girls’ 400M preliminaries; senior Ava Mott finished a non-qualifying 15th in the girls’ 800M preliminaries followed by Shaw in 17th; the girls’ 4x400M relay team of Brooks, Thornton-White, Mott and Shaw was a non-qualifying 15th in the preliminaries; Curtis was 13th and Mott 15th in the long jump; and Palm was 16th in the triple jump.
Adna won the boys’ 2B title, and Asotin took the girls’ title.