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Cougars compete at 2A State track meet

 

Andrew Hines

Yareli Ochoa, Lakewood's senior sprinter, center, battles for her spot as she sprints in the 100 metes at Mt. Tahoma High School on May 24.

The Lakewood track and field team traveled down to Tacoma to compete in the 2A State Championship Meet on May 23-25.

The Cougars had a very strong performance from both their boys and girls as they earned a top-20 finish for both sides. The boys placed 17th overall, with 16 points, out of 45 teams that earned at least one point. The girls had an incredible performance of their own, as they scored 24 points and placed ninth overall out of 50 scoring teams.

"All year we are preparing for these moments. In our program we focus on making sure that every one of our athletes is at a place where they can perform their best when it comes to championship time. Our goal is to give them the skills and techniques that will enable them to have that success. They were ready and they did extremely well," said Lakewood Head Coach Monica Rooney.

The boys for Lakewood ended up with a total of five events where they earned a spot on the podium. Spencer Solvberg, senior, finished sixth in the 800 meter with a time of 1:57.32. Jon Cox, senior, threw an incredible 53' 9" in the shotput in order to end up in third-place. Camden Burbee, senior, competed in the discus and finished fifth overall with a distance of 149' 7". The 4x100 meter relay team also finished eighth with a time of 49.02 seconds and consisted of senior George Toponce, senior Michai Harris, junior Jordan Gonzalez and sophomore Spencer Fleming.

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's senior Spencer Solvberg comes around the second corner in the 800 meters at Mt. Tahoma High School on May 24.

The final contributor for the Lakewood boys came from their senior pole vaulter, Dylan Madan. During one of his warm up runs he snapped his pole and in turn broke his hand before earning a mark. He battled through the pain and was able to clear 13' 00" for his single vault. This height was enough to earn a seventh-place finish and put him on the podium.

The girls had a much smaller group but were led by strong showings from the senior duo of Paige Shimkus and Yareli Ochoa. Shimkus used all her power as she threw the javelin 136' 9" and claimed the third-place finish. Ochoa competed in three events over the three days of State, including two in the jumps and the 100 meters. She earned a 14th-place finish in the 100 meters, 12.88 seconds, second place in the long jump, 17' 7.75", and walked away as the State Champion in the high jump with a height of 5' 4".

With the graduation of many of their State competitors, the Cougars will look to build on their young talent and make a push for the Championship next season.

 

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