Lincoln readies for finals with dual win over Foothill
Although Lincoln High’s numbers are up as far as the track and field program is concerned, a little more depth could make the Fighting Zebras the future favorites in the Pioneer Valley League. Lincoln defeated Foothill in a dual meet last week by a combined 227-117 score.
Although the speedy Mustangs were strong in the sprints, Lincoln overhauled them in other areas such as distance running and field events.
Josh Myers continued his string of impressive performances by winning four events. He took the high jump at 5-10, claimed the shot put with a toss of 40 feet 5.75 inches, and hurled the discus 121-5.5 for first in that event.
Myers also took top honors in the 110-meter high hurdles clocking in at 17.3 seconds, although his rhythm wasn’t his best.
“I do have a problem with my arms,” said the junior. “I spread them out like eagle’s (wings) and that throws me off.”
Myers said next year he plans to focus on both the 110m and 300m hurdle events as his ticket to state.
Senior Kelsi Snook completed her unbeaten season in the pole vault at 8-6. Her closest competition was all Zebras – Alex Ceja (6-6), Megan Snook (6-0) and Amanda Herrera (5-6).
“I’ve been taking gymnastics classes to help me work on the top half of my vaults,” Kelsi Snook said of her efforts to increase the height of her vaults. “It seems to be helping; I’m getting there. I’m hoping to at least make 9-6 before trials.”
Also performing well for the Lincoln girls were Christa Kittle, first in the 100m low hurdles (17.9), second in the long jump (13-2.5) and second in the 400m (1:17.7).
Ceja won the 300m hurdles and totaled 27-7.5 for second in the triple jump to go along with her second in the pole vault.
Megan Snook and Haley Higgins continued strong in the distance races. Megan Snook won both the 800m (2:45) and 1600m (6:23.5). Higgins was first in the 3200m (15:19.) and second in both the 800m and 1600m.
Kayla McKnight won the high jump (4-8) and was second in the 100m hurdles (18.3).
The Lincoln girls also won the 4x400m relay race.
Cameron Tatem continued to do well for varsity boys by winning the long jump (19-3), second in the 200m (24.9) and third in the triple jump (38-1).
Marcus Harris won the 300m hurdles (46.2), was second in the shot put (33-1.5) and third in the high jump (5-2).
The frosh/soph boys’ Chad Alma won the 1600m and 800m and Jonahon Manzer was first in the shot put and discus.
Miguel Franco, Daniel Leverton, Tanner Keeler and Leo Calderon turned in a time of 46.4 to win the 4x100m relay.
“We’ve done really well. We’ve exceeded all of our expectations,” said Lincoln head coach Eric Williams looking back on the season. “This year we’ve used fewer freshmen and sophomores (on varsity) than we have in the past. At the most we had around 55 (athletes) and it’s been most of the season right around 50.”
Losing only a handful of seniors this year, Williams hopes for a good turnout in 2014 making the Zebras even more competitive in track and field.
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Last weekend at Whitney High School, Haley Higgins was fifth in the 3200m (13:53.29) and 18th in the 1600m.
Megan Snook was 10th in the 800m and 15th in the 1600m.
Pioneer Valley League Dual Meet
Foothill at Lincoln Varsity
Boys – Zebras 71, Mustangs 60
Girls – Zebras 85, Mustangs 47
Frosh/Soph – Zebras 71, Mustangs 10