EPHRATA – During the Ray Cross Invite track and field tournament at Ephrata High School on Saturday, March 28, many Tonasket athletes set personal records.
“At Ephrata, several athletes were gone for spring break but those that were there did good,” Bob Thornton, head coach, said. “Many set personal records. It was cool, windy and rained off and on but they didn’t let that slow them down. There were over 25 schools there, many of them 3A or 4A schools, and the team used that competition to do their best.”
The Tonasket women’s varsity team placed 21st out of 21 schools.
“Elizabeth Cleman set a new personal record of over three feet in the javelin, Jessica Spear celebrated her birthday by taking 16 seconds off her best 1600 this year,” Thornton said. “Michelle Carlson also set a personal record in the 1600. Vanessa Martinez’s and Spencer Podkranic’s hard work in the hurdles is paying off as they both set new personal records. Amy Johnson took over seven seconds off her best in the 800.”
Freshman Brandi Wilson placed 23rd in the 100 meters with a time of 14.96 while freshman Amber Kilpatrick placed 30th with a time of 15.64. In the men’s 100 meters, junior Barry Pentz placed 33rd with a time of 13.75 and sophomore Ben Franklin placed 35th with a time of 15.35.
In the women’s 200 meters, senior Christina Ortiz, with a time of 33.24, placed 31st and sophomore Cleman placed 33rd at 34.21. In the men’s 200 meters, junior Podkranic placed 26th with a time of 27.58 and Pentz placed 31st with a time of 29.24.
In the women’s 400 meters, Ortiz placed 13th with a time of 1:11.32. In the women’s 800 meters, freshman Johnson placed 13th at 2:53.61.
In the men’s 1600 meters, junior Corey McCrarey placed 22nd with a time of 5:41.80. In the women’s 1600, sophomore Jessica Spear placed seventh with a time of 6:00.47 while sophomore Michelle Carlson placed 11th with a time of 6:25.61.
In the women’s 3200 meters, senior Veronica Puente placed ninth with a time of 13:54.92 while in the men’s 3200, McCrarey placed 13th at 12:20.09.
In the women’s 100 meter, 33 inch hurdles, freshman Martinez placed 21st at 21:52. In the men’s 300 meter, 36 inch hurdles, Podkranic placed 16th with a time of 50.18.
Franklin placed 36th in the 12 pound shot put with a distance of 26’02.25 and he also placed 35th in the men’s 800 gram javelin at 87’06. Pentz placed 34th in the 800 gram javelin with a distance of 88’02.
The women’s four by 100 relay team, Cleman, Kilpatrick, Ortiz and Spear placed 13th with a time of 1:01.95 while the four by 400 relay team, Carlson, Johnson, Kilpatrick and Spear, placed 11th at 5:11.51.
Martinez placed 29th in the four kilogram shot put with a distance of 22’10.00. Cleman placed 33rd in the 600 gram javelin with a distance of 50’08 and Kilpatrick placed 20th in the high jump with a distance of 4’02.00.
The track and field team’s next meet, the Brewster Co-Ed Relays, is on Tuesday, April 7 at the Bridgeport Track and Field.