Track tramples Elk Grove, Franklin at first league meet

Junior Bailey Mknelly (right) passes the baton to junior Tessa Malone during the women’s varsity 4×400-meter relay at the track team’s league meet against Elk Grove and Franklin on Wednesday, March 16. (Photo: C. Richey)

By Jamie Moddelmog, Staff–

The Davis High track team won its first Delta League meet of the season on Wednesday, March 16, against Elk Grove and Franklin.

Davis won in all four categories: men’s varsity, women’s varsity, men’s frosh/soph and women’s frosh/soph, which beat Franklin by just half a point.

Although it is the beginning of the season, many athletes achieved personal records (PRs), and the team left with impressive results in a wide range of events.

Junior Michael Vernau led a host of strong distance performances with a first-place finish in the 3200-meter (with a PR of 9:07).

Senior Fiona O’Keeffe and her sister, sophomore Olivia O’Keeffe, ran the 1600-meter in 4:56 and 4:59, placing first and second respectively. Junior Sofia Castiglioni completed the Blue Devil sweep, finishing third in 5:00.

Senior Mason Chupka won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles; head coach Spencer Elliot praised the hurdler, noting at practice the next day that his hard work is “really paying off.”

Freshman Juan Zarate-Sanchez, known as “Hoopa,” won the frosh/soph 100-meter dash in 11.72 seconds.

On the field,  the PRs continued. Sophomore Tazio Rosenburg, the only underclassmen competing in any varsity throwing event, placed third in both the shot put and the discus (in which he threw a personal best of 129-feet-10-inches).

Senior Joe Blakewell and junior Ben Easton tied for first (14 feet) in the pole vault; for Easton, it was a PR.

“It’s hard on a Wednesday afternoon after going to all your classes to have a high level of focus,” Elliot said, “But in spite of that challenge, I thought they did great and were really focused.”


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