Skyline speeds past Roosevelt
April 9, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
The rain and wind didn’t let up April 4, and neither did the Skyline High School track and field team as it bested Roosevelt in both girls and boys events.
The girls 800-meter relay team, composed of Alexis Daugherty, Dorie Dalzell, Kaylie Greninger and Brandy Hughes, started the Skyline Spartans with a win by edging out Roosevelt by a 2-second victory.
The Spartans went on to win 10 of the 17 girls events, including the 100-meter dash, in which Skyline freshmen dominated the top three finishes. At the sound of the starter’s pistol, Stephanie Lunde took the lead over her ninth-grade cohorts. However, it was classmate Nicole Cox who crossed the finish line first with a time of 13.5 seconds; two-tenths of a second behind her was Megan Namba, also a freshman at Skyline, and nipping at her heels was Lunde with a time of 14.2.
Also taking first place on the track for Skyline was Daugherty with a 2:18.9 finish in the 800; Samantha Krahling in the 3,200 with a time of 11:54.7; and the 1,600 relay team (Mckenzie Deutsch, Daugherty, Greninger and Dalzell), which beat Roosevelt by 19 seconds with a time of 4:10.8. Krahling was on her way to grabbing another victory, this time in the 1,600, when Roosevelt’s Grace Hodge caught up with her on the fourth lap and steadily pulled ahead to take the race by 3 seconds.
Except for the shot put, the Skyline girls won all of their field events. Kelly Garret won discus with a throw of 86 feet and 2 inches. Jennifer Uomoto threw the javelin 89-02, beating the closest competition by more than 20 feet. Marissa Fortier won the triple jump with a leap of 32-05. Roosevelt didn’t compete in the high jump, leaving senior Skyline captain Lindsay Coutts to beat three of her own teammates with a 4-10 jump.
Coutts ended up taking second in the long jump after falling a half-inch shy of Skyline sophomore Geneva Ecola’s leap of 15-03.5.
On the boys side, Skyline racked up several wins, including two long-distance victories from senior Keegan Symmes. In the 1,600, Symmes floated across the finish line at 4:42. Later that evening, he won the 3,200 with a time of 9:55.5.
Also winning for the Skyline boys team was Tyler Ma, taking first in the 200 with a time of 24.2; Blake Young won the 400 in 53.1; and Trevon Clark outran everyone in the 800 with a time of 2:02.7. Garret Corlis won the triple jump with a leap of 37-07 and Bryan Lee dominated with his javelin throw of 116-08, more than 20 feet farther than the second-place throw.
In the 1,600 relay, the Skyline team of Lorenzo Agogliati, Andrew Millett, Young and Clark finished 20 seconds ahead of the competition. Before that, Millet, Young and Clark teamed up with Justin Mach to win the 400 relay in 43.3.
The main purpose of dual meets, Skyline’s girls track coach Dawn Geiser said, is to get experience and develop skills for the post season.
“Dual meets aren’t the end all, be all,” she said, “but, if you can take a win away, then that’s great. The kids love it.”
Dual meets also mean the teams can relax the no-jewelry rule and allow the Skyline athletes to wear their blue wrist bands bearing the name of a teammate who committed suicide in December. The track team is dedicating its entire season to him.
“It’s been tough,” Geiser said. “It’s a difficult and awkward thing to know what to do and what’s comfortable for some of the kids who have basically known him since grade school.”